For someone who is in the process of losing their natural teeth or has already lost their natural teeth, complete dentures can be the ideal replacement to improve one’s quality of life. Complete dentures are a removable prosthesis that adhere to the gum in order to reveal a full, beautiful smile despite having little to no teeth.
Ultimately, dentures can help improve self-esteem and confidence. In order to fully cover complete dentures, we’re covering the most commonly asked questions about dentures in Summerville, NC.
There are three primary types of dentures: Conventional complete dentures, implant supported complete dentures, and immediate dentures. Ask your cosmetic dentist which option is right ones for you.
The ideal patient for complete dentures is someone that has already lost all of their natural teeth or someone that has a few remaining teeth. If a patient has a few remaining teeth, a cosmetic dentist may recommend extracting these teeth and moving forward with a set of complete dentures.
Patients that do not wish to remove their remaining teeth will be recommended to partial dentures as these molds are designed to fit around your natural teeth (keep in mind this option is more expensive). If you’re considering dentures, please schedule a visit with our cosmetic dentists in Summerville, NC to discuss your options and determine which route is right for you.
Taking care of your dentures is the easy part! Every night it’s important to remove your set of complete dentures before going to sleep. Our team at Solomon Family Dentistry recommends placing your dentures in a mild cleaning solution overnight to ensure cleanliness. You should also brush your dentures each morning and night as you would with your natural teeth. Be sure to brush your dentures before putting them back into your mouth!
If you have a few remaining teeth, a cosmetic dentist may recommend extracting these teeth to move forward with complete dentures as these cannot be used if a patient has any teeth left. Before extraction, the cosmetic dentist will take a dental impression of your mouth to order conventional or ‘short term’ dentures. Following the teeth extraction, you will you’re your conventional dentures as the size and shape of your mouth will change throughout recovery. Once you are fully healed, you can move forward with the complete denture process.
Creating the perfect set of complete dentures doesn’t happen overnight. Typically, the denture development process lasts up to a few weeks and requires several appointments to ensure accuracy and oral comfortability for the patient. The complete denture process begins with the cosmetic dentist taking impressions of your jaw, creating molds to craft the model, and sending the molds/measurements off to the dental laboratory for production.
Complete dentures can be made to look like your natural teeth or a better version of your old teeth. If you wish to retain your natural teeth’s look, it’s highly recommended to show your cosmetic dentist images of your teeth before. This will enable the dentist to anticipate and mold your dentures to your previous smile considering teeth size, color, spacing, etc. Remember, you can customize your smile – explain how you want your smile to look with your new set of complete dentures.
“But seriously, will my dentures look real?” Yes! Dentures even support the cheeks and lips to ensure that your facial muscles do not sag. Complete dentures are replacement teeth that are custom-made fit to a plastic base closely matched to the color of your gums. Rest assured that our cosmetic dentists at Solomon Family Dentistry take all of the necessary actions to provide the most realistic results to our denture patients in Summerville, NC.