Dentures are more than artificial teeth–they’re a way to reclaim all of the benefits of a full and healthy smile. Winnie Nguyen, DDS, helps patients of Ridge Commons Family Dentistry rediscover their smile with dentures that are beautiful, functional, and comfortable. To learn more about how you can improve your smile with dentures, schedule a visit at Ridge Commons Family Dentistry’s clinic in McKinney, Texas. You can book your appointment by calling the office or use the online tool.
Dentures are a restorative dental solution that can replace many or all of the teeth in your mouth. The removable prosthetic devices consist of plastic or porcelain teeth attached to a gum-colored base made of acrylic. The base fits over your gums and is held in place by either suction or a dental adhesive.
Dentures have come a long way, with technological advances making them look more natural and fit more comfortably than ever. You can also customize the shade and shape of the artificial teeth to enhance your smile and give you the look you’ve always wanted.
Dentures improve your overall oral health in a variety of ways, including:
In conjunction with extractions, dentures can also replace troublesome teeth to give you a healthier smile.
There are two main categories of dentures: complete and partial.
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in your mouth. If you don’t have any teeth left in your smile, or if you’re planning on having any remaining teeth extracted, complete dentures are for you.
If you still have some healthy teeth left in your smile, Dr. Nguyen might recommend partial dentures. Partial dentures give you the opportunity to replace your missing teeth while keeping intact any healthy teeth you still have. The base of a partial denture fits over the parts of your gums with missing teeth but opens up in the areas where you still have teeth, allowing your natural teeth and the denture to work side-by-side.
Dentures might be a little uncomfortable at first. Some patients of Ridge Commons Family Dentistry report that they feel loose or bulky in their mouths for the first few weeks. This is actually an expected sensation, as the muscles in your mouth need time to adjust and learn how to properly hold your dentures in place.
During the adjustment period, you might notice an increased saliva flow. In rare cases, you might experience soreness or temporary nausea. This discomfort typically resolves within a few weeks, after which you actually feel better when eating or speaking. After the adjustment period, most denture patients feel more awkward when they’re not wearing their dentures!
Reclaim your smile and improve your oral health today by scheduling a denture consultation with Dr. Nguyen at Ridge Commons Family Dentistry. You can book your visit by calling the office or scheduling online.