Dental Implants or Dentures? Finding the right fit
If the idea of having to wear dentures for the rest of your life makes you uncomfortable, we are glad to offer you other options. Our patients choose dental implants over dentures as a solution for smile restoration. We are dedicated to offering our patients improved comfort, enhanced chewing ability, and better overall dental health. The advantages of dental implants run much deeper than mere cosmetic appearances.
Dentures can dramatically alter your appearance and self-confidence. You can smile with confidence and eat the foods you love without worrying about discomfort.
However, just like any other new dental appliance, dentures do take some getting used to. In general, the best advice we have for you is to be patient with yourself. In time, you will become accustomed to the fit and feel of your new dentures.
In the meanwhile, here are a few tips to help you through the first few weeks of wearing your new dentures:
Eating: While your dentures are still new, it’s best to start off with soft foods. Start with something like yogurt until you get the feel of eating with your new dentures.
Speaking: This can be challenging for many denture-wearers. While you’re in the privacy of your home, read aloud, talk to your family and even your dog! Pretty soon you’ll be speaking clearly with ease.
Smiling and Laughing: Now that you have your new teeth, you have every reason to smile! This also takes some getting used to, so take the opportunity and practice at home in front of the mirror. In no time at all you’ll be smiling with confidence.
Your dentures will vastly improve your appearance, your confidence, and your lifestyle.
We know that dentures made many years ago looked artificial and obvious. Unfortunately, the dentures your grandparents wore most likely fit this description!
But you no longer have to worry about dentures that look like they were made for someone else’s mouth!
Dentures made today are designed to be functional but with an eye towards aesthetics that specifically suit the shape of your face, your natural tooth color – even the color of your eyes and hair!
Unlike dentures made in the past, today’s dentures are made of an acrylic base to which the artificial teeth are attached. A skilled technician places each tooth individually to replicate the variations that occur in natural teeth. The result is a set of dentures that are custom-made to provide the functionality you need, while also enhancing your appearance.
Another advantage of today’s dentures is the comfort. They are made from a softer material that actually conforms to the shape of your jaw, unlike rigid dentures made in the past. This means significantly less discomfort, irritation, and pain.
Having dentures placed can be a big event in your life. We are here to guide you through every step of the process so you know exactly what to expect.
Once your teeth are removed, you will generally have to wait about four weeks before getting complete dentures. After your mouth heals, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth, design the dentures, have you try them on, and then finally give you the completed dentures.
Immediate or same day dentures. Your dentist may choose to make immediate dentures depending on your mouth. After teeth are extracted, the soft, sensitive parts of your mouth will be sore and they can take a little while to heal and settle down. Immediate or same day dentures can be worn while the healing takes place.