Same Day Dentures Valparaiso
Being told that you need to have multiple teeth extracted can sound daunting but dentures are a wonderful, cost effective way to restore your smile. Aside from aesthetic reasons, replacing missing teeth is the best way to ensure the health and integrity of your remaining teeth and the surrounding surfaces.
What are dentures?
Used to replace missing teeth, dentures are a dental prosthetic that can be used for one area of the mouth, as with a partial, or to replace all of your teeth on one or both arches. If you are a candidate, your dentist may be able to give you an immediate denture which is placed directly following extraction surgery. If that is not feasible for you, traditional dentures can be placed after all of your extraction sites are healed.
All dentures are fabricated using acrylic and porcelain. The base of your denture which sits on your gums, is tinted to match your gums and supports the porcelain teeth. If you are receiving a partial denture, there will be clasps that attach the partial to neighboring teeth. This clasp may be made of metal or acrylic. Most dentures are able to be removed by the patient.
Why do I need dentures?
Dentures help you maintain the form and function of your mouth and help maintain your face structure! They enable you to bite, chew and speak as you always have, supporting a higher quality of life. Leaving spaces in your teeth only allow for healthy teeth to migrate into those open spaces and can cause deterioration in your jaw bone structure and problems in other, previously healthy, areas of the mouth.
How do I know if I need a partial or full denture?
Partial dentures are used to restore one area of the mouth. If you are missing multiple teeth or are having teeth extracted, a partial will fill the space and keep your remaining teeth healthy. This is a removable option for patients that do not want or are not a candidate for a fixed bridge.
Full dentures are used to replace the entire arch of missing teeth. You can have just a lower or upper denture or both if needed.
Do I need immediate or traditional dentures?
Immediate dentures are placed directly after any extractions. They allow the patient to leave the dental office without the appearance of missing teeth and are helpful in aiding the healing process. You may need to have them adjusted as the swelling goes down.
Traditional dentures are not placed for up to eight week after extraction surgery. This time allows for your sites to heal properly and for any swelling to subside which will ensure a snug fit right off the bat.
If you find that your new denture feels loose or pinches anywhere, it is important to let your dentist know as soon as possible before a sore can develop on the underlying gum tissue. Speak with your dentist to find out if dentures are a viable option for you!
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