If you’ve lost—or are faced with losing—all or most of your natural teeth, then dentures are likely to become a necessity. Though dentures may take a bit of getting used to, and will feel very different than your natural teeth, modern improvements have made dentures more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.
Believe it or not, it’s likely that you take your teeth for granted. Without teeth, you’ll find that it’s much harder for you to speak and eat, and your facial skin might sag. Using dentures will help restore the natural shape of your face, and will help to keep the muscles in your mouth and jaw strong and healthy.
Conventional versus Immediate Dentures
After your remaining teeth are removed, you’ll receive either conventional or immediate dentures. Conventional dentures will be ready to place in your mouth about two to three months after the removal of the teeth. This allows time for your teeth and gums to heal before beginning to use the dentures. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are exactly how they sound—they’re ready for immediate use after your teeth are removed. While immediate dentures offer a solution for those who choose not to go (or cannot go) temporarily without teeth, they may require frequent adjustments, as your gums may shrink or shift over time as your mouth heals.
A partial denture, more commonly known as a bridge, is used when only a few of your teeth are missing. If you’re missing several teeth in a row, however, you know how it can potentially impact your smile. And in addition to the appearance, missing teeth can cause your existing teeth to shift, resulting in crooked and unsightly teeth. A partial denture prevents this by placing artificial teeth in the gap, which “bridge” the gap by connecting to crowns that are placed on the existing teeth on either side of the gap.
If an injury or gum disease has caused you to lose most or all of your teeth, then dentures are one of your best solutions when it comes to getting your smile back. In the Jacksonville Beach area, we can help you when it comes to dental care and replacement of your missing teeth. Contact us today with any questions you may have, or schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists to find out if dentures are right for you. Don’t hesitate to get the process started!