Dentures are false teeth. They're used to replace one or more missing teeth or a full arch of missing teeth. If you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth and you want to restore your smile and your bite, dentures in Cheyenne from Dr. Chad Christiansen may be right for you. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.
Dentures may have first been used as early as the 7th century B.C. by the Etruscan people of Italy.
First, Dr. Christiansen will meet with you to discuss your options for restoring your smile, including dentures. He’ll work with you to make sure you get the right treatment for your budget, your oral health, and your personal preferences.
If you’re approved for dentures, you may need to have some of your teeth extracted. This will be done before your denture fitting. At your fitting, Dr. Christiansen will take images and impressions of your teeth, and create a bite mold. Then, he’ll work with a dental lab to turn this information into a set of test dentures.
Dr. Christiansen will get a set of test dentures from our partner lab in a few weeks. You’ll come in, try them on, and see how they feel. Based on your feedback and Dr. Christiansen’s findings, our team will revise your dentures and get another set of test dentures from the lab. This may be repeated several times.
Once your dentures fit perfectly, Dr. Christansen will order a set of permanent dentures. Then, you’ll come back to Sunlight Dental one last time to try them on. He will give you instructions on how to care for your dentures, then send you home to enjoy your new smile.
Full dentures are used to replace the upper, lower, or both rows of teeth. They consist of false teeth in a gum-colored acrylic base, which fits over your gums. A set of full dentures require you to have any remaining teeth removed, since the dentures must fit perfectly over your gums. Full dentures are a simple, affordable way to restore your smile if you’ve lost most or all of your teeth.
Partial dentures use a metal and plastic framework. This framework supports one or more false teeth, and the denture snaps onto your remaining healthy teeth. This keeps your false teeth stable, restores your smile, and allows you to chew and eat normally. Partial dentures are a good choice if you’ve only lost one or a few of your teeth.
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
Full dentures usually last between 5-10 years. Partial dentures usually last 10-15 years. Proper denture care and good oral hygiene are both essential for prolonging the lifespan of your dentures.
Partial dentures are right for patients who have lost some teeth, but still have lots of healthy teeth. You may also want to consider dental bridges or dental implants, depending on your situation.
In contrast, full dentures are only right for patients who have lost most of their teeth. Any remaining teeth must be pulled during the fitting process, so they usually are not a good option unless you have had some serious dental health problems.
You’ll need to take them out and soak them at night, and brush your dentures and gums regularly to keep them clean. Dr. Christiansen will give you a full list of instructions to follow as you get adjusted to your dentures. Follow them closely to keep your dentures and your mouth in good shape.
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