Missing or damaged teeth can significantly impair your ability to chew or speak, and have negative affects on your oral health. Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS, offer custom dentures to relieve our patients from the problems associated with missing teeth.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. There are several types of dentures, including the following.
Conventional Full Dentures
These types of dentures are placed in your mouth after teeth have been removed and your mouth and gums have fully healed. Healing can take up to several months, during which time the patient is without teeth.
Immediate Full Dentures
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate full dentures are placed in the mouth immediately after the teeth are removed. Many patients prefer immediate full dentures because they do not have to go without teeth for any period of time, however, immediate full dentures must be adjusted over time as the bones shift and reshape as the mouth heals.
Partial dentures are a solution for patients who have some missing teeth, but also have healthy natural teeth. Partial dentures are composed of artificial teeth on metal framework, like a retainer, that are placed in the mouth and attach to the natural teeth.
How Do Dentures Work?
Dentures are custom made for each patient, and your dentist will first take impressions of your teeth to ensure a proper fit. Dentures include both artificial teeth and a flesh-colored acrylic base, so that they appear natural. The base of the dentures fit over the gums; full upper dentures cover the roof of the mouth, while lower dentures are horseshoe-shaped to fit around the tongue.
Most patients initially have some trouble talking or eating with their dentures, and must get used to them over time. It is not unusual to initially feel as though your dentures are too large or loose, as the muscles of the cheeks and tongue must adapt to holding them in place. While minor soreness or discomfort are typical, contact your dentist if you experience excessive discomfort.
Natural changes to the shape or size of your mouth are normal, meaning that dentures must be adjusted or replaced over time. Patients should see their dentists at least annually to ensure their dentures fit and function properly.
Do I Need Dentures?
If you have missing teeth, or require extractions, dentures may be a good solution for you. Some signs that you may need dentures include severe and frequent toothaches, loose or shifting teeth, sensitive or swollen gums, and difficulty chewing. Patients should be aware that dentures require diligent care and dedication to good oral hygiene. The dentists at Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS will evaluate your oral health and determine whether dentures are the best option for you.
Schedule an Appointment
To find out if dentures are a suitable solution for you, schedule an appointment with Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS. Call our Cincinnati office at (513) 631-6600 or request an appointment online.