If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, your cheeks can appear hollow, making you look older than you really are. Dentures provide an effective and affordable solution that can boost your confidence and improve your ability to chew and speak. At Nu Dimensions Dental in Union, New Jersey, Joseph Rozehzadeh, DMD, and the team regularly restore their patients' smiles using full and partial dentures. To learn more about your dentures options, make an appointment by calling or clicking today.
Dentures are a type of removable false teeth. If you’re missing multiple teeth or all of your teeth, dentures can restore your facial features, improve your chewing ability, and make speaking easier.
The kind of dentures you’ll most benefit from depends on how many teeth you’re missing and your individual budget. Following an oral exam, your Nu Dimensions Dental provider can make recommendations for your situation.
There are three different types of dentures:
Complete dentures replace all of your teeth and require a series of multiple appointments. Complete dentures feature an acrylic, pink base that fits over your bottom gums. The base of the upper denture plate covers the roof of your mouth. Your dentist places full dentures after extracting any remaining teeth and allowing time for your gums to heal, a process that takes between 8-12 weeks.
Your dentist places immediate dentures in one appointment, after extracting any remaining teeth. This process allows you to chew right away. However, follow up appointments are necessary. As the bone that supports your teeth starts to heal it changes shape, which loosens your dentures.
Partial dentures are an excellent option if you’re only missing a few teeth. Partial dentures attach to your natural teeth via a metal framework. They also provide a removable alternative to dental bridges.
Getting dentures requires at least two separate appointments.
At your first appointment, your Nu Dimensions Dental provider performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about your goals for treatment. If necessary, the dental team may also order a series of X-rays.
Afterward, your dentist takes impressions of your remaining teeth and gums. A dental laboratory uses these impressions to design your custom dentures.
If you’re receiving complete dentures, your dentist may also perform one or more extractions in order to prepare your mouth. Whether or not you need extractions directly affects the time it takes between your first and second appointment.
At your second appointment, your dentist fits your dentures and provides you with a list of instructions. Adjusting to dentures takes time. It’s perfectly normal to experience some pain, swelling, and irritation in the first couple of weeks, but this will subside in time.
If you’re missing your teeth and want to restore your smile, dentures provide an excellent option. To learn more, request an appointment at Nu Dimensions Dental today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.