Dentures in Cary, NC
Losing some or all of your teeth to injury, tooth decay, or gum disease can be devastating. Full and partial dentures provide a way to replace these teeth and help restore your smile and confidence.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and are typically the least expensive and invasive option for teeth replacement.
- Why would I need dentures? A significant number of missing teeth can affect your ability to eat and how you speak and cause your facial muscles to sag. Replacing these teeth with dentures preserves these functions as naturally as possible and fills out your face’s appearance.
- Types of affordable dentures: There are two main types of dentures available, complete and partial, as well as an immediate denture that can be used as your gums and bones heal so that you are not without teeth during the healing period.
- Complete Dentures: A set of complete dentures, as the name suggests, are used to replace all of your teeth. A flesh-colored plastic or acrylic base holds your dentures in place and fits snugly over your gums. It supports a full set of either acrylic or porcelain teeth. Additionally, they can be held in place by dental implants. However, this method is significantly more expensive than conventional dentures.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures can either utilize a plastic base similar to complete dentures or a metal framework to support the number of teeth replaced. Clasps that attach to adjacent crowns on your natural teeth hold the dentures in place. Partial dentures not only replace missing teeth but also prevent your remaining teeth from moving and changing position.
How do dentures work?
Creating dentures typically requires several appointments over a few weeks. This process should start 8 to 12 weeks after any teeth are extracted or lost to allow your gums and bone to heal.
- Denture fabrication: Properly fabricating dentures requires impressions, molds, and multiple fittings to ensure a proper fit and establish a proper bite before the final dentures are made.
- Impressions: Molds, or impressions, are taken of the oral tissue that will support the new dentures, as well as measurements of your jaws and the space between them.
- Send to lab for fabrication: These impressions are for creating a model of your teeth, which is used to fabricate your dentures.
- Fitting: Throughout the process of building your dentures, you will have several fittings to ensure that the fit and the appearance are appropriate.
Benefits of Teeth Replacement
Dentures are beneficial for improving your smile and the appearance of your mouth and maintaining oral functions such as eating and talking. Beyond functionality, restoring your smile can boost your confidence in social situations.
Can dentures look natural?
Absolutely! Full and partial dentures are customized and made to resemble your natural teeth as closely as possible.
Do dentures feel normal?
New dentures can feel uncomfortable for the first few weeks to months and require getting used to, especially while speaking and eating. And while they might not feel the same as your natural teeth, today’s dentures are comfortable to wear.
Get Dentures from Nathaniel Leedy, DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Losing teeth can be traumatic, but replacing them with dentures should not be. Dr. Leedy and his team use their knowledge and advanced technology to provide as comfortable an experience as possible and restore your teeth and smile as naturally as possible. If you find yourself in need of dentures, contact our dental office to schedule an appointment.
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