A Solution for Missing Teeth and Improved Oral Health
At Oakland Family Dental, our Waterford, MI dentist Dr. Amanda Sheehan is dedicated to providing patients with the best solutions for their dental needs. Our experienced team of dental professionals understands the importance of having a healthy, confident smile and we offer a range of denture options to meet the individual needs of each patient.
From custom-fit complete dentures to comfortable partial dentures, we work closely with each patient to ensure a comfortable and natural-looking result. Whether you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth, we are here to help you achieve a healthy and confident smile with dentures that fit your unique needs and lifestyle.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are an excellent solution for those looking to replace missing teeth and restore their oral health and confidence. This simple tooth loss solution is a popular choice to improve the ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. They’re custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth and provide a natural-looking solution for missing teeth. Dentures are typically made of acrylic, porcelain, or resin and are held in place by suction, dental adhesive, or a combination of both.
Benefits of Dentures
In addition to improving your appearance, dentures can also provide several functional benefits, including:
Improved chewing ability– Dentures can restore your ability to chew and eat the foods you love, which is important for maintaining good nutrition and overall health.
Better speech– Missing teeth can affect your speech and pronunciation, but dentures can help to restore normal speech patterns.
Improved self-confidence– One or multiple missing teeth can impact your self-esteem and confidence, but dentures can give you the confidence to smile and speak in public.
Jawbone preservation– When a tooth is missing, the jawbone can start to shrink and change shape. Dentures can help to preserve the jawbone and prevent further changes.
Types of Dentures
There are two main types of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used to replace all of the natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth.
Complete dentures are a type of denture used to replace all the natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They are typically made of acrylic and porcelain and held in place by suction or dental adhesive. Complete dentures are designed to be removed for cleaning and can be adjusted as needed to ensure a comfortable fit.
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the jaw. They are typically made of metal or acrylic and are held in place by clips or clasps that attach to the remaining teeth. Partial dentures can be removed for cleaning and are designed to be easily replaced if a natural tooth is lost.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dentures should be replaced approximately every 5-7 years or as advised by your dentist. However, the frequency of replacement may vary depending on factors such as the wear and tear of the dentures, changes in the shape of your mouth, and changes in your bite. Regular dental check-ups and assessments are recommended to determine when dentures need to be replaced.
Yes, dentures can be repaired, but do not try to repair them yourself. Instead, make an appointment with your dentist for a repair. Common repairs include fixing chips or cracks in the denture base or tooth, relining the denture to improve fit, and rebasing or relining the denture to replace a worn or damaged base. However, some damages may be beyond repair and may require a replacement denture. Your dentist will be able to assess the extent of the damage and advise you on the best course of action.
Yes, it’s normal for dentures to shift or move in the mouth, especially if they do not fit well or if they have become worn over time. This can cause discomfort, difficulty speaking or eating, and may also lead to sore spots on the gums. If your dentures are shifting or moving frequently, it’s important to visit your dentist to have them checked and adjusted as needed. In some cases, a reline or remaking of the denture may be necessary to ensure a proper fit.
Schedule an Appointment With Dr. Sheehan
Dentures are an excellent solution for those looking to replace missing teeth and restore their oral health and confidence. Whether you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth, there is a denture option to meet your needs. If you are considering dentures, it’s important to discuss your options with Dr. Sheehan to determine the best solution for your individual needs. Schedule a consultation today by contacting our Waterford office at (248) 674-0384 or filling out our online contact form.