Over 40 million Americans are completely edentulous or without teeth. At Dr. Julie Phillips Prosthodontics, we offer you a chance to restore your pearly whites with the help of complete dentures.
What are Complete Dentures?
Complete dentures are prosthetic devices that are worn if you have lost all your teeth. Dentures are equipped with a pink acrylic-based material to which a whole arch of porcelain or hard resin teeth is attached. The upper denture can be placed in the mouth with the help of the palate, while the lower dentures are placed on the floor of the mouth and are shaped in the form of a horseshoe to accommodate the tongue.
There are two types of complete dentures: immediate dentures and conventional dentures:
Immediate dentures are also known as same-day dentures and as their name indicates, they can be placed on the same day as your teeth extraction so that you do not have to be without teeth for a long time. Immediate dentures are pre-fabricated before your remaining unhealthy teeth have not been extracted. Because of this, these dentures do not fit as well as dentures that are made after tooth extraction.
However, they serve a very important function of providing teeth on an immediate basis. Additionally, immediate dentures can help manage the swelling and curb the bleeding that occurs after teeth extraction. Immediate dentures also offer you the benefit of learning to speak and eat with dentures in your mouth in preparation for your long-term conventional dentures. However, they are only meant as a temporary measure and will become loose and ill-fitting once your gums have healed.
Conventional dentures are custom-fitted to provide the most comfort and functionality to your mouth. These dentures are created after all the remaining teeth have been extracted and the gums have shrunk back to their original size. This process can take anywhere from two to six months. Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS will then take an impression of your mouth and send it to a dental lab so that they can create conventional dentures for you.
These dentures are more comfortable than immediate dentures and last longer as well.
Why You Should Wear Dentures
Although dentures do not offer the exceptional function and aesthetics of our natural teeth, today, dentures offer a lot of benefits:
What to Expect After Getting Complete Dentures
Here are some of the things you can expect after getting dentures:
If you are interested in other types of dentures, our office offers:
Removeable Partial Dentures: replacement teeth that are attached to a plastic base that's gum-colored.
Fixed Hybrid Dentures: replace missing teeth and gum tissue with a prosthetic that attaches to dental implants.
Caring For Your Complete Dentures
Just like your normal teeth, your dentures will also require cleaning. You should clean your dentures with a soft brush every night before going to sleep to prevent odor. In addition, clean your gums every time you put in your dentures to prevent gum disease. Your dentures are also fragile and will break if you drop them. Therefore, you should handle them carefully and take them out while standing on a towel or over a basin of water.
If you have lost your teeth and are looking for a conservative solution, we recommend complete dentures. Schedule an appointment with us by calling us at 336-274-5400 today.