At First Smile Family Dental, dentures are removable oral prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are custom-made to fit the individual's mouth and provide a functional and aesthetic solution for patients who have lost some or all of their natural teeth. The denture base is typically made of acrylic or metal framework that supports the artificial teeth and sits directly on the gums or remaining natural teeth. It is designed to resemble the appearance of gum tissue and provide stability to the denture.
The Procedure for Dentures
The dentist will examine your oral health, evaluate the condition of your remaining teeth, gums, and jawbone, and determine if dentures are the appropriate treatment option for you. They will develop a treatment plan based on your needs and discuss the various types of dentures available. Precise impressions of your mouth are taken to create models of your jaws and remaining teeth. These models are used to fabricate custom dentures that fit your mouth correctly and provide optimal function and comfort. The dental laboratory will fabricate the dentures using the impressions and measurements, ensuring they match your specific requirements. This process typically takes a few weeks when you may have temporary dentures to wear.
Once the dentures are ready, the dentist will place them in your mouth and make necessary adjustments to ensure proper fit, bite alignment, and aesthetics. Several appointments may be needed for adjustments and fine-tuning to provide comfort and functionality.
The Benefits of Dentures
Restored Chewing and Speaking Ability
Dentures provide functional replacement teeth, allowing individuals to chew food more effectively and speak clearly. By restoring the ability to bite and chew properly, dentures help improve overall digestion and nutrition.
Dentures fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, restoring a natural-looking smile and facial appearance. They help support the lips and cheeks, preventing a sunken or sagging facial appearance after tooth loss.
Enhanced Confidence and Self-Esteem
Tooth loss can have a significant impact on self-confidence and self-esteem. Dentures provide a solution for individuals to regain their smiles and feel more confident in social interactions and daily activities.
Affordable Tooth Replacement Option
Dentures are often more affordable than tooth replacement options, such as dental implants or bridges. They can provide a cost-effective solution for individuals who cannot afford or are unsuitable candidates for more extensive dental procedures.
Dentures are customized to match the shape, size, and color of the individual's remaining teeth, providing a natural-looking smile. To learn more about the benefits of dentures, get in touch with First Smile Family Dental at 32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 785-7323.