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Dentures - Complete, Partial, & Custom
Be it a simple consequence of aging or the result of damage or injury, sometimes multiple consecutive teeth must be removed. This can leave you with a large gap that can make eating and speaking difficult, lowering your quality of life considerably. Visit our team at Henricksen Family Dental today to learn about how partial or complete dentures can complete your smile.
What are dentures?
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth and the tissue that surrounds them. They are one of the most affordable tooth replacement options available and come in two different formats - partial dentures and complete dentures. The type of dentures you select will depend upon the number of teeth missing and where they are located. If you have had to have several teeth removed in a row but still have healthy natural teeth in place, then you will be looking at a partial denture. This type of denture is designed to complete a smile that is missing a significant part of its natural teeth, but not all of them.
If all of your teeth have been extracted, full dentures are your best bet. These dentures are designed to provide a full smile and can be used to replace your missing teeth. Complete dentures are either “immediate” or “conventional”. Immediate dentures are created in advance and are placed immediately following tooth removal. This is generally done so that the patient does not have to be without teeth as they heal from the extraction, however, it is not the best option. Your gums and bones will shrink as the healing process advances, leaving your dentures ill-fitting and potentially uncomfortable. Conventional dentures are created once your gums have begun to heal and are typically a much more comfortable fit.
Some people are scared that dentures will hurt, but they should not result in anything more than temporary discomfort as your mouth becomes used to wearing them. The best thing you can do is speak with a dental professional about your options and specific needs - they can help you find the best option.
Improved Quality of Life
Many people underestimate how much of an impact teeth can have upon nearly every aspect of their lives. From speaking with loved ones to smiling and eating and drinking, teeth are vital to maintaining a high quality of life. Missing any teeth can be a blow to your everyday routine but missing many of them can make living your life the way you are accustomed impossible.
Dentures help mitigate those issues and allow you to return to your typical routine as quickly as possible. They fit over your existing gums and are usually kept in place by the muscles of your tongue and cheeks - you don’t need any special equipment to wear them and they can dramatically improve your speaking, eating, and even your swallowing ability. They can also boost your confidence and help you live your life without worrying about your speech.
If you would like to learn more about dentures, please give us a call at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental.