Full and Partial Dentures in Cary, NC
As we age, our teeth and gums may become compromised. When this happens, they may begin to fall out. For some people, tooth loss may happen prematurely. This may be due to an accident, or poor oral hygiene. Whatever the case may be, if many or all of a patient’s teeth are lost or extracted, dentures may be an excellent tooth replacement option.
What Dentures Are
Dentures are a dental appliance that are used to replace most or all of the teeth once they are lost. They consist of false teeth and gums that are made specifically for a patient’s mouth.
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The Reason for Dentures
For many people, tooth loss comes with aging. This isn’t uncommon. There are other situations in which teeth are lost as well, which often include accidents or extraction. If a patient hasn’t taken good care of their teeth, they may need to be removed to save the rest of the patient’s oral health—and even their overall health. If a portion of their teeth are removed, partial dentures may be an option. If all of the teeth (or remaining teeth) are extracted, though, full dentures are a better option.
Dentures allow the patient to eat food similar to the way that they used to, as well as smile and speak in a similar way to the way they did when they had teeth. This helps to improve the patient’s quality of life, and can do wonders for boosting a patient’s confidence after losing their teeth.
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Full Versus Partial Dentures
Sometimes dental conditions, such as tooth decay or gum disease, can become unmanageable. This may lead to the decision to remove your remaining teeth on one or both jaws. Regardless of the case, full dentures are an economical and efficient way to restore your function and smile.
A complete denture consists of a thin acrylic base that rests on the gum tissue and is the same color as your gums. Porcelain or acrylic replacement teeth built into the base give the appearance of natural teeth emerging from the gums.
Whether you've lost one tooth or many, chewing and smiling can become more difficult because of the gaps left behind. Partial dentures are an economical solution to replace the missing teeth and fill in the spaces, improving chewing ability and the confidence to smile. A partial denture in
place will also help keep your natural teeth from shifting, lowering the risk of losing those teeth in the future. Most partial dentures contain a thin metal framework that is designed to rest close to your gums and allow for a smooth, non-bulky feel. The framework is supported by your natural teeth to provide a reliable, secure appliance that is easy to use. Where teeth are missing, natural-looking replacement teeth are attached to the frame, and gum-colored acrylic is used to make the appliance blend with your mouth.
Both full and partial dentures have both practical and cosmetic benefits, making them a better option than having no teeth replacement appliance at all.
Wake Dental Care is Located in Cary, NC but Graciously provides services to neighboring communities including but not limited to Research Triangle Park, Apex, Holly Springs, Garner, Oak Grove Township, Fuquay Varina, and Morrisville.
How Dentures are Created
The process of having dentures created can actually be an exciting one. This is because the patient now has a chance to design the smile that they have always wanted! While a dentist can do their best based on dental records and photos to create the same smile that the patient used to have, the option is also available to create a brand new smile. This may mean a different overall look to the teeth, and a whiter smile. If the patient originally had crooked teeth, those can be replaced with straighter teeth. Dentures are very customizable—allowing a patient to design the perfect smile.
Before the dentures can be designed, though, any remaining teeth that need to be pulled will be extracted. Once this process is complete and the mouth has healed, the process of creating dentures can begin.
Dentures begin with an impression being made of the patient’s gums and any remaining teeth they have. This impression will be used to create a custom dental appliance that will fit perfectly on top of the patient’s gums. Wax rims will be used to measure the patient’s bite. Once the impressions are made and the teeth have been customized, the impressions will be sent to a dental lab to have the appliance created.
Once the dentures are ready, the patient will return to the dentist to try on a mock-up of their new teeth. The dentist will ensure that they fit comfortably, allow for a strong bite and look good. If there are any adjustments the dentist needs to make, they can do so when the dentures are being examined with the patient. Once they are approved, the lab will finish the final dentures and send them to the dentist for the final fitting. Your dentist will then fit the dentures to ensure the final appliance fits and looks great.
If the patient is unsure about the fit of their dentures, a dentist may set an additional appointment to see how the dentures are working out for the patient.
Caring for Your Dentures
While dentures are replacements for your teeth, they do not negate the need for proper oral health. If you have any remaining teeth, they still need to be brushed, flossed and rinsed. The gums, tongue and cheeks also still need to be properly cared for to ensure their health. You can still get gum disease without teeth!
It’s also important to keep the actual dentures clean, to ensure the health of your gums and your mouth overall.
Other Replacement Options
Sometimes implants or bridges may be used to fill gaps instead of partial dentures. Your dentist will discuss other replacement options if they are available—along with the costs of those options. If full dentures are needed, though, there may not be any other options available.
Dentures allow a patient to smile, chew and speak much like they used to. If your teeth are falling out, have been knocked out or need to be removed, speak with your dentist about dentures.
Dentists You Can Trust
We take the time to explain treatment and use the latest in dental technology to ensure a conservative approach to your dental care. We have specialized eyepieces and special decay-detecting dye to be sure we can see the smallest amount of decay and remove only the diseased portions of the tooth. Our iTero scanner allows us to scan your teeth and create restorations with world-class accuracy.
Dr. Jim Bohn
Dr. Bohn is a native of Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Penn State University and a Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Temple University School of Dentistry.
Dr. Jerry Allen
Dr. Jerry Allen was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.