Dentures are dental restorations composed of fake teeth set into an acrylic or resin base that resembles gum tissue. They sit on top of the gums and are used to replace multiple missing teeth. There are two different types of dentures that can be used, depending on the number of missing teeth. Full dentures are used in cases where an entire arch of teeth is missing, while partial dentures are used in cases where one or more teeth are missing on the same arch.
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Full dentures cover an entire arch of teeth and use suction to remain in place. Partial dentures, on the other hand, only cover part of the arch. Because of this, partial dentures may be held in place by hooks made from plastic, resin, or metal that wrap around the surrounding teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for dentures?
You may be a candidate for dentures if you have multiple missing teeth on one arch. You may also be a candidate for dentures if you have multiple decayed or damaged teeth in need of extraction. To determine if dentures are right for you and what type of dentures would work best, schedule a consultation with Park City Dental today.
What can I expect when getting dentures at Park City Dental?
When getting dentures at Park City Dental, you can expect a multi-step process. First, Our doctor will take a dental impression or oral scan of your mouth. This dental impression will be used to create a mold of your upper and/or lower jaw that will be used to fabricate a test model of your dentures made from wax. This wax model will be fitted to your mouth and any necessary adjustments will be made. The wax model will then be returned to the dental lab where your final denture will be fabricated according to the specifications of the wax model. When your permanent dentures arrive, they will be checked for fit and minor adjustments will be made as needed.
What can I expect after having dentures placed?
Once your dentures have been placed, you can expect a period of adjustment. Since dentures are held in place by suction, it may take some time to get accustomed to speaking and eating with dentures. It is recommended to practice reading out loud daily in order to train your facial muscles how to hold your dentures in place while speaking. It is also recommended to start with eating softer foods until you are comfortable eating with dentures. In the first few weeks, you may also experience some gum irritation until your gums toughen up. To care for your dentures, you will need to remove them every night for cleaning and store them in a glass of water or denture solution. It is important to never let your dentures dry out because they can change shape.