If you’ve lost teeth and need dentures, you have plenty of company. Wright Dental in Barrington, Illinois, can help. More than 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 36 million don’t have any at all. Missing teeth not only affect your appearance but also affect your oral and overall health. Complete or partial dentures can replace your missing teeth and help you preserve your smile and health. To find out more about dentures, call Wright Dental to make an appointment or book your consultation online.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They preserve the shape of your face, help you chew and speak normally, and support your facial muscles.
There are four types of dentures available. Wright Dental can advise you on which type is best for your condition and lifestyle. Types of dentures include:
Complete conventional dentures
These dentures replace all your teeth on your upper jaw, your lower jaw, or both. You must have any remaining teeth removed first and then wait for the tissue to heal before you start using your dentures. Healing time can take a couple to several months.
Complete immediate dentures
These dentures differ from conventional dentures because they are inserted immediately after any remaining teeth are removed, without waiting for the tissue to heal. The benefit of these types of dentures is that you don’t have to live without teeth while your tissues heal. The downside is that you may have to have your dentures refitted.
These are removable dentures that fit over remaining teeth or implants. This type of denture is only an option if your teeth are stable enough to provide support for the overdenture.
Partial dentures are a good option if you only need to replace a few teeth. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments, which are less visible than metal clasps.
Getting a set of dentures usually takes several appointments and about four weeks to complete from start to finish. The first step is getting a molding of your jaw for a laboratory to create a sample wax set of dentures. Once the sample set is complete, the Wright Dental team checks it for fit and color before the final set is cast. After adjustments are made, your customized dentures are complete and ready for you to wear.
It takes a few weeks for you to get used to your dentures and the routine of caring for them. If they feel sore and uncomfortable after a few weeks, your dentist can make adjustments to make them more comfortable.
Call Wright Dental or make your appointment online.