After dental decay, gum disease, or an injury causes tooth loss, patients naturally want to explore ways to replace those teeth as soon as possible. Dentures are a reliable solution that have been helping patients for decades. They help seniors who are missing all of their teeth and adults who are missing one or more. These are some frequently asked questions that you may have when you’re considering dentures as the solution for your smile problems. You'll get even more answers when you visit Dr. Michael White's Chehalis, WA, dentist office.
What Kinds of Dentures Are There?
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures, also called complete dentures, can be immediate, conventional, or implant-supported. Immediate dentures are fitted right after tooth loss so that you can get used to wearing them. Conventional dentures are a more accurate, lasting fit. Dental implants are used in conjunction with a full denture to create implant-supported overdentures. A partial denture fills a space caused by one, two, or more lost or extracted teeth. They can serve as transitional space maintainers, or be created for long-term wearing.
How Long Will It Take to Get Dentures?
Expect to be fitted for your new dentures after a few weeks. It will take some time for a dental technician to use your impressions to create a device that fits just right. Decisions will be made about the size of each tooth, colors, and shapes to ensure it looks natural. Once it is finished, your Chehalis, WA, dentist will fit it to your smile to see if any additional adjustments must be made.
What Are the Benefits of Dentures?
After you’ve experienced the inconveniences of tooth loss, you’ll understand why over 660,000 Americans wear them according to a Simmons National Consumer Survey. These are some key benefits to think about:
- Teeth are an essential part of the digestive system. Dentures restore your ability to chew normally after tooth loss.
- Modern dentures look very similar to natural teeth and are very attractive.
- Dentures will stay in good condition for five to eight years, and they can be adjusted as needed.
More Denture Questions?
When you visit your dentist to discuss dentures, come prepared with any other questions you have about these restorative dental devices. Call (360) 748-0168 today to schedule a visit to Dr. Michael White’s office in Chehalis, WA.