Your teeth are incredibly important for eating and speaking; without a full set of pearly whites, not only do these everyday tasks become more difficult, but the appearance of your smile will diminish. At Trinity Dental in Zionsville, we want all of our patients to live life to the fullest, so we offer various kinds of dentures to help restore functionality to your mouth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelo M. Julovich to find the tooth replacement solution that’s best for you.
Dentures are used to replace multiple teeth at once. They can be used on both the upper and lower jaws. The teeth are made out of ceramic and are set on a base with a metal frame covered in a gum-colored plastic, creating a natural look. Modern dentures are designed with comfort in mind, although you will still need time to adjust to the new sensations in your mouth. There are three kinds of dentures you can get at Trinity Dental depending on your needs:
These are used to replace an entire row of teeth. They’ll allow you to talk and laugh with confidence. Traditionally, dentures rely on natural suction in the mouth or adhesives to stay in place.
In some cases, dentures can be placed on metal posts surgically inserted into the jawbone. This keeps your new teeth from slipping without having to rely on adhesives. Since they’re integrated with the jawbone, implants will prevent the bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing. The metal posts last for a very long time – possibly a lifetime with good maintenance.
If you still have some teeth remaining, partial dentures may be used to keep them from drifting out of position while improving eating and speaking ability.
Missing teeth can have a negative impact on your appearance, but dentures can restore your smile. They’ll support your facial structure and help keep the muscles in your face, jaw and neck well-toned, letting you maintain a more youthful appearance.
Dentures can also improve your overall health by allowing you to continue to eat a well-balanced diet. You may need some time to adjust to eating with traditional dentures that lack implants, but eventually you’ll be able to comfortably eat most of your favorite foods again.
Well-fitted dentures will be secure in the mouth, so you won’t need to worry about too much slipping while speaking.
Every patient’s situation is different, and costs will vary depending on the type of denture you get as well as other factors. In many cases, your dental insurance plan will at least partially cover dentures. We’ll help you create an estimate of the total costs and make sure your new smile is affordable.
Although you now know a bit more about dentures in Zionsville, there’s a good chance you probably still have many questions about how they work, what life is like while wearing them, and how often they need to be replaced. Fortunately, Dr. Julovich and his team have compiled a list of common questions asked by patients. With the following answers, you can hopefully begin to feel more confident in your decision to choose dentures; however, if you still have questions and need assistance, please contact our office.
Most patients are required to wait 6-8 weeks before receiving dentures. However, this is ultimately dependent upon the type of denture you will receive. During this timeframe, your gums will be able to heal correctly, also making it possible to ensure that your dentures fit correctly when placed. If you are receiving immediate dentures, they can be placed the same day as your extraction. While you will be able to eat and speak clearly immediately, your dentist won’t have the opportunity to preview your smile first, and your bone and gums can change as your mouth heals from surgery.
If you are receiving implant dentures, you’ll be required to wait 4-6 months before receiving your denture simply because the bone must fuse with the implant in a process known as osseointegration.
It’s always better to repair a tooth instead of extracting it, if possible. Your denture dentist in Zionsville will only recommend removal if it’s absolutely necessary (i.e., the tooth is severely damaged or possesses extensive decay or there is a serious infection). Should all your teeth be decayed or infected as a result of gum disease, it may be more cost-effective to have them replaced with dentures instead of treating them with dental crowns. While there is no limit to how many teeth can be removed in a single visit, some extractions tend to be more difficult than others.
Because there are three types of dentures - partial dentures, full dentures, and implant dentures, the requirements needed are different depending on the type you need. With partial dentures, it is best if you have most of your natural teeth. This type of prosthetic is used to replace a few missing teeth. For full dentures, you will be recommended for this treatment if you have an entire arch of missing teeth. It is also a viable solution if your regular teeth are severely decayed or damaged and cannot be salvaged any other way.
Should you prefer implant dentures, it will be necessary for you to have ample jawbone density as well as good oral health (i.e., no signs of decay or gum disease) and great overall health to ensure improved safety during your oral surgery.
It is not uncommon to experience some level of discomfort if you need to have teeth extracted before receiving dentures. This can last 3-5 days, typically, but can be remedied using a cold compress and/or over-the-counter medication. Once your new dentures are in place, it may take a few weeks to adjust to the foreign object in your mouth. Some mild irritation might occur as well. How long you can expect the adjustment phase to last varies from person to person, and each time you receive a new set, you might experience a longer adjustment period than before. While mild discomfort is normal, it’s imperative that you call our office should pain persist. It may be that your dentures do not fit correctly or there is an underlying health issue that must be addressed to ensure the success of your new smile.