Dentures in Shreveport, LA
When you have lost a row of several teeth or all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, it does not make sense to rebuild each tooth individually. That would take a very long time and require a significant amount of money. Replacing the teeth with dentures is a more appealing option. Dentures allow you to recapture a complete smile quickly and at a reasonable price.
When properly made, today’s dentures are lightweight, comfortable and very natural-looking. In fact, depending on the materials and craftsmanship of the technician creating the dentures, dentures can be virtually identical to natural, healthy teeth.
Types of Dentures
Dentures are constructed with a pink acrylic base that resembles gum tissue; this base supports a set of artificial teeth. The dentures fit over the gums and are secured in place with adhesive products.
Complete (Full) Dentures
Complete or full dentures replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Immediate complete dentures are placed on the spot as soon as any remaining teeth are removed. The benefit of immediate complete dentures is that you do not have to go “toothless” after the extraction. However, immediate dentures need to be relined several months after being placed because the tissues of your mouth change shape as they heal. Conventional complete dentures are fitted and placed after remaining teeth are removed and the tissues of your mouth have healed. The drawback of conventional dentures is that you must wait a few weeks for your permanent dentures, and may have to wear temporary dentures in the interim. However, once you get your permanent dentures, they should fit very well.
Partial dentures replace a cluster of a few missing teeth. A partial denture appliance consists of a few artificial teeth anchored to a metal framework that attaches to surrounding natural teeth. In certain cases, some of the natural teeth are crowned and anchor the partial denture.
Implant-supported dentures are supported by implant posts placed in the jawbone. Approximately four to six implant posts are placed throughout the jawbone to support an entire upper or lower denture appliance. The tops of the posts clip onto the dentures, holding them securely in place. Implant-supported dentures are less likely to shift around in the mouth and interfere with normal chewing ability and pronunciation.
The Process of Getting Dentures
Between making the molds for the dentures, extractions, fitting and adjusting the dentures, plan for several dental appointments.
The first step is to remove any remaining teeth from your mouth. Then, impressions are made of your mouth and you select the shape and color of your new teeth. All of this information is sent to the dental laboratory that constructs your dentures.
Once your dentures are ready, you try them on in your mouth and check the fit and feel. After wearing them for a short period of time, there is one last appointment to make any necessary adjustments based on your feedback.
Living With Your Dentures
Right after you get your dentures, expect an adjustment period of a few weeks. Your tongue, mouth and facial muscles have to adapt to your new dentures. Be patient, and stick to a diet of soft, easy-to-chew foods while you get used to your dentures.
Dentures cannot be brushed or flossed like natural teeth; they require special care and cleaning to remove food deposits and plaque and prevent staining. You also must brush your gums, tongue and palate daily before inserting removable dentures. Our team can give you specific instructions for cleaning your dentures, and recommend our favorite cleaning products.
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For more information about replacing missing teeth with dentures, please call or email our practice today.