If you have missing teeth, you may be used to living with a gap in your mouth. However, if you’re tired of having your diet inhibited or not being able to speak comfortably and you’re ready for a restoration solution, visit us at Dental Care Shawnee to discuss the possibility of using partials and dentures in Shawnee, KS. We are proud to create quality dentures to effectively restore smiles.
Partials and dentures are basically artificial teeth that replace teeth that have been lost. They are dental prosthetics consisting of artificial teeth attached to a pink foundation that resembles the gums. Partials are used when not all the teeth have been lost, and they are fixed to neighboring teeth. If all the teeth on a line are missing, complete dentures are used. They are worn on the gums and are removable.
It generally takes some time to create partials and dentures in Shawnee, KS. Your dentist at Dental Care Shawnee will take detailed measurements of the structures in your mouth and send them to a dental laboratory to have the partial or dentures made. Once they have been completed, you may need a few “try-in” appointments to have the partials or dentures adjusted to get the fit just right.
Another option that is available is immediate dentures. While they will still take time to be made, they are created before you have any teeth extracted. The measurements used for immediate dentures will not be as accurate as those taken for conventional dentures, but this option offers the advantage of not having you go through a waiting period without teeth while the dentures are being made. Usually, however, immediate dentures are only recommended to be used while waiting for the conventional dentures to be completed.
Though they are artificial teeth, your partials or dentures still require some care. You should take them out at night to clean them to prevent bacteria from collecting on them. Your mouth should also be cleaned at the end of the day. The partials or dentures should be kept in a container of water or denture solution to prevent them from drying out and getting warped.