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Dentures

Replacement of multiple teeth — without surgery ”

Missing teeth can create a wide range of problems in your oral health, including shifting teeth, bone loss, decay, and gum disease. The lack of teeth can also make your cheeks appear more sunken. Dentures can be an ideal solution for the replacement of multiple missing teeth.

Dentures Defined

Dentures are an artificial replacement for natural teeth and are made of acrylic and metals like stainless steel. They are custom designed to fit your mouth and designed to look just like your real teeth. NuSmile dentists offer several options to create the right fit, so you can enjoy a beautiful, functional smile for years to come.

Why Choose Dentures?

There can be many reasons why an individual may be missing teeth, including periodontal disease, injuries, or aging. Regardless of the cause, missing teeth can be highly problematic if they’re not replaced with some type of dental restoration. Dentures are a favorable option, because they can spare you from the extensive surgical process of full dental implants, and can blend seamlessly into your smile for a natural look.

Types of Dentures

Dentures are custom-made to fit comfortably in your mouth and offer optimal functionality for eating, drinking and talking. These oral appliances come in several basic designs to accommodate the extent of your tooth loss and your lifestyle.

  • Partial dentures - designed to fit between the natural teeth with a durable metal framework design to fill in large gaps in the smile. Specially designed clasps keep the partial denture in place during the day, and may be removed at night for cleaning.
  • Full dentures - the standard treatment for patients who have lost all of their teeth. The base of full dentures is held in place with a seal on the gum tissue, which is often aided by a bonding cream applied directly to the base of the dentures. Like partial dentures, full dentures must be taken out for cleaning.
  • All-on-Four – to optimize the strength and durability of dentures, you can combine dentures with dental implants for increased stabilization and easy maintenance. The All-on-Four option is the most cost-effective way to utilize dental implants with dentures, as it utilizes only four implants to support the full arch of teeth on the upper and lower jaw. These dentures stay in place at all times and are brushed and flossed like the natural teeth, though cleanings twice a year at NuSmile are needed to maintain gum health beneath the permanent dentures.

Process -

NuSmile has extensive experience creating custom dentures that look and feel natural. The denture development process can take a few weeks and several appointments.

  • NuSmile first determines which type of appliance is best for you — partial dentures, full dentures or All-on-Four
  • If you have remaining teeth, we advise you on the next steps and extractions
  • After teeth are extracted, the soft, sensitive parts of your mouth will be sore and they can take a little while to heal. Immediate or same day dentures can be worn while the healing takes place
  • We take a preliminary impression of your mouth. On following visits, more impressions with finer details will be made, so we have an exact copy of your mouth with which to build your new dentures. We also take measurements of how your jaws relate to one another and how much space is between them
  • We create models, wax forms, and/or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. You will try the model several times and the denture will be assessed for color, shape, and fit. If there’s anything you’re not happy with, changes can be made at this stage. It’s always a good idea to bring along a friend of family member to provide a second opinion
  • Once you’re happy with the look of the teeth, your final dentures can be completed
  • Adjustments are made as needed

How Will Dentures Look?

When missing teeth, facial muscles often sag and can make a person look older. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth, and fill out your facial appearance. They may even improve your smile.

How Do Dentures Feel?

Eating with new dentures will take a little practice and may be uncomfortable for a few weeks.

They may feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place and you get comfortable inserting and removing them. It’s not unusual for minor irritation or soreness to occur and for saliva flow to increase when you first start wearing dentures, but these problems will diminish as the mouth adjusts.

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If you want your teeth to look and function their very best,

Set an appointment with NuSmile today. Our dental expertise extends to virtually any cosmetic or functional issue in the mouth, routinely helping our patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. We serve patients in Tampa, Florida, as well as surrounding areas such as Seminole and Clearwater. Schedule a free consultation today.

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