Dentures are a method to replace missing teeth, support your facial structure, and give you a great looking smile. At Dolphin Dental of Seminole, Largo, St. Petersbrurg and Clearwater, we want to offer each and every one of our patients the chance to restore their confidence with a brand new smile. While we know that you may have a lot of questions about them, we are sure you will be satisfied with the result.
Dentures: Frequently Asked Questions
If you think you may need dentures, come visit us. We would be happy to answer whatever inquires you may have; here are some of the most common questions we encounter:
- What exactly are dentures? They are artificial substitutes for your natural teeth and surrounding tissue. These can be used as complete replacement sets, or only partial sets.
- How will they help me? New oral hardware replaces missing teeth, fills holes in your dentition, and keeps facial muscles from sagging. With them you will be able to eat and speak normally, without having to avoid certain areas, and you will able to confidently smile.
- Will my eating habits change? Once you have well made, and perfectly fit replacements, there are very few restrictions when it comes to the food you eat. Remember that while they may look real, these are not as strong as natural teeth, so you should be careful. If you have any concerns, contact your dentist right away.
- How long do they last? These substitutes are extremely durable, but they can still wear down over time. With proper care, you can expect them to last 5-10 years; however you still need to keep up with regular dental visits.
Types of Dentures
Our patients in Seminole and Largo are usually curious about the various types of dentures, and the kind they will need. Unfortunately it is dependent on each individuals needs, but the main categories include complete, full, partial, and immediate:
- Complete Dentures - This is the quintessential denture as it completely replaces your upper and lower dentition. These rely on your mouth muscles, bones, and tongue and you can begin wearing them once you have healed after a tooth extraction.
- Full Dentures - Much like a complete set, a full set encompasses only the upper or lower jaw. They provide better stabilization and will also restore your facial structure. You will need to work with your dentist to ensure your hardware fits correctly to your existing teeth while biting.
- Partial Dentures - These are designed to bridge gaps in your existing dentition. These typically include metal attachments to secure them to your natural teeth. Partials are also important to keep surrounding teeth from shifting.
- Immediate Dentures - These are put into place immediately after tooth extraction to serve as a temporary placeholder. It will take some time for your bone and tissues to stabilize, so your immediate dentures may need some adjustments during the healing process.
Are They Right For Me?
If you have several teeth that are decaying or already missing, you should talk to a dentist about the possibility of dentures .At Dolphin Dental in Largo and Seminole, we want to fully restore your mouth so you can live a normal life. While the process may take some getting used to and you may experience some discomfort in the beginning, it is well worth it. We can remove infected teeth and reduce the possibility of gum disease, to instead allow you to have a natural and well-fitting smile.
While they can last 5-10 years, it is important to keep up with good dental hygiene and schedule regular checkups with your dentist to ensure you don’t require an adjustment. It is also advisable to see your dentist at least once a year to examine their appearance and fit.
Dolphin Dental Group of Seminole, Largo, St. Petersburg and Clearwater
If you are interested in learning more about dentures, contact us today at Dolphin Dental in Seminole, Largo, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. We use high-quality materials to ensure they are as comfortable as possible. These installments offer many benefits to millions of people who wear them, and they can help you too!
For more information about dentures, or to schedule a consultation, call us today at 727-393-9334.