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Complete Dentures
Greensboro, NC

Elderly woman enjoying her new smile at Dr. Julie Phillips Prosthodontics in Greensboro, NCOver 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


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


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:
•  Complete dentures can give you a whole and bright smile, which can do wonders for your self-confidence.
•  With complete dentures, you can now eat most of your favorite foods. However, you need to be careful with hard, tough, and sticky food.
•  Complete dentures are also one of the most affordable tooth restoration options.
•  Dentures also do not involve invasive or surgical procedures.

What to Expect After Getting Complete Dentures


Here are some of the things you can expect after getting dentures:
•  Your new dentures may feel bulky in your mouth and slip around when you chew or speak.
•  You will also need to practice putting in and pulling out your dentures from your mouth.
•  In the first few weeks, you may experience some soreness in your gums and the inside of your cheek when your dentures rub against the tissue. However, your mouth will soon adjust to your dentures.
•  You may be able to eat a wide range of food, but do not eat very hard or sticky food as it may crack or damage the dentures.
•  Initially, you may not be able to speak properly with dentures in your mouth and may develop a lisp. However, with some practice, you will soon be able to speak normally.


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.
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