Dentures: Improving the Function and Beauty of Your Smile

Different types of dental restoration can be used when someone is missing one or more teeth. If only one or two teeth are missing, then implants or a bridge might be suggested to fill in space. On the other hand, there are times when partial dentures are needed because multiple teeth are missing. In some situations, it makes sense to restore the whole mouth with a set of full dentures.

Recommendations for dentures and other dental restorations depend on your dental health and budget. The best thing that you can do is schedule a consultation with our team at Flex Dental. We will evaluate your circumstances and help you choose the right solutions to meet your needs.

 

Removable Dentures

Dentures are designed to not only replace the missing teeth but also fill in the surrounding tissue that is lost after the tooth is gone. If some of your natural teeth remain, then only partial dentures are used to complete the smile.

It is necessary to give the gums time to heal after the teeth have been removed. This healing time usually takes between 8 and 12 weeks before the mouth is ready for a conventional denture fitting. There are also options for immediate denture fittings, giving a temporary solution while the mouth is healing, but the gums and bones will shrink with time, resulting in a situation where the immediate dentures will need to be fitted again in the future.

Dentures are created so that they are custom-fit to your mouth. These prosthetics are designed using impressions of your mouth. A series of several appointments will be needed so that we can adjust the fit, improve the appearance, and ensure comfort. The final denture is created with a custom fit, shape, and color to restore your smile.

 

Denture Alternatives

Dentures are the cheapest option for tooth restoration. Other treatments might be considered if you are looking for a long-term solution. For example, dental implants and cemented bridges offer a permanent dental fixture that can’t be removed from the mouth. These treatments have a closer resemblance to real teeth. But, some people aren’t good candidates for implants.

Whether you need dentures or you want to explore other cosmetic dental restorations, you need to schedule a consultation with our team at Flex Dental. Contact our office in Bloomingdale, IL to schedule an exam so that you can receive personalized recommendations for your situation.