Did you know that more than 178 million Americans have at least one missing tooth? If you’re missing multiple teeth, dentures can restore your smile and boost your confidence. Experienced prosthodontist Sharitha Uchil, MSD, and the team at SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. in Livonia, Michigan, regularly prescribe dentures for both men and women. If you dream of achieving the smile you used to have, make a dentures appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Dentures, or false teeth, are oral prosthetics used to replace missing teeth.
Dentures can replace one tooth, several, or all of your teeth. They fit snugly over your gums and come in a variety of materials including metal, acrylic, and nylon. In addition to improving your speech, chewing, and speaking abilities, dentures help restore your facial structure and prevent your cheeks from sagging.
There are several types of dentures including partial dentures, conventional dentures, and removable dentures. At SAAV Prosthodontics P.C., the team offers conventional dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures.
You might benefit from conventional, or full dentures if you’re missing all of your permanent teeth as a result of an accident, illness, or a medical condition such as periodontitis. Full dentures attach to a plate that sits on top of your gums.
The plate mimics the color of your natural gum tissue and isn’t visible to others. If conventional dentures slip or slide around, you can use an over-the-counter adhesive or gel strips to hold them in place.
If you’re only missing some of your permanent teeth, you might benefit from partial dentures. Partial dentures sit on top of a metal framework that locks in place, kind of like a puzzle piece.
If you want a restoration option that mimics the feel of your natural teeth, you may want to consider implant-supported dentures. This type of denture attaches to dental implants — replacement tooth roots that your dentist surgically places in the sockets of your missing teeth.
The process of receiving dentures usually starts with a series of tooth extractions. After removing your remaining teeth, your dentist sends you home for several weeks to recover.
Once your mouth fully heals, your provider takes digital impressions of your gums and sends them to a laboratory that manufactures your prosthetic teeth.
A week or two later, you return to the office for your fitting. During your fitting, Dr. Uchil sets your teeth herself, providing you with a beautiful smile. Your dentist also provides you with tips and insights on how to clean and care for your dentures.
Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria, so it’s important that you practice good oral hygiene to keep your dentures clean. Make sure to take them out after each meal and gently brush them with a soft-bristle toothbrush. For more thorough cleanings, soak them in a denture-friendly solution overnight.
To extend the life of your dentures, you should also avoid bad habits. The team at SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. recommends avoiding tobacco products. You should also avoid biting your fingernails or chewing on hard objects like ice cubes.
Are you ready to see if you’re a candidate for dentures? Request your appointment at SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. today by clicking the online booking tool or calling the office.