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We’re all familiar with dentures. Most of us still think of them as those fake looking, loose-fitting things our grandparents wear. However, there have been many advancements in dentures in recent years, resulting in teeth that fit better, cause less discomfort, and most importantly, look and feel more like the real thing. Although they aren’t as strong and as permanent as bridges and dental implants, removable dentures are still one of the most popular types of teeth replacement options available. Depending on how many teeth you have remaining and their condition, you may need either partial or complete dentures. When some natural teeth remain, partial dentures can be made that will attach to the remaining teeth and these can either be removable or fixed in the form of a bridge.If all of the teeth are missing or in poor condition, then you’ll likely need complete dentures, which will slip over the gums and are sometimes held in place with an adhesive. However, this is no longer necessary as Dr. Skopp will work with you to adjust your dentures over time to ensure a perfect, tight, and comfortable fit.
Once you’ve decided on dentures and Dr. Skopp has determined whether you need full or partial dentures, you’ll then need to undergo several appointments over a period of two months for fittings and adjustments. If any teeth need to be removed, this step will be done first. Then, Dr. Skopp’s professional dental team will take impressions and measurements of your mouth to use as a model for building the dentures. A plastic mold will be made before the dentures are cast to allow us to make sure that everything is perfect and the dentures will fit properly. In many cases, we can make immediate temporary dentures to use while your mouth is healing from having teeth pulled. Either way, the dentures may feel uncomfortable or cause pain or sore spots in your mouth for the first few weeks. During this time it is necessary to come to the office periodically for readjustments. Over time, your mouth will eventually adjust to the dentures and they will begin to feel more like your real teeth.
Dentures are just one of your many options for replacing missing teeth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Skopp and find out the teeth replacement option that is best for you. Give us a call at 561--5000 today.