Dentures are used when a patient has no remaining natural teeth. “Partial” dentures are used when a patient still has some remaining natural teeth. Dentures do not function the same as natural teeth.
Natural teeth are “connected” to you and dentures are not as they just tend to sit on your gums. Denture treatment will invlove impressions of your dental arches and/or your remaining natural teeth. Several steps and appointments are necessary for a set of dentures that fit and look proper.
Many patients think that after a set of dentures they never have to go to the dentist again. That is far from true. When wearing dentures the gums under the dentures will continue to change forever. The gums tend to shrink leaving a gap between the denture and the gums. This will cause the denture to become mobile and loose and could causes sore areas and difficulty eating. Gum tissue and the dentures should be monitored by a dentist at least annually.
Our office would be happy to discuss with you your options regarding dentures.
If you are an existing denture wearer and they don’t seem to look or fit as well as they did when they were first made, let us know. Dr. Miller would be happy to help you decide if you are a candidate for a new set of dentures.
If you are happy with the esthetics of your old denture but they don’t fit as well, a reline may give you the fit you once had. Call today!
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