The teeth are responsible for several oral functions, such as biting and chewing food, speech, and also help us put forth a beautiful smile. But, patients with multiple missing teeth often face difficulties with these essential oral functions. They usually feel too conscious of their appearance and may think twice before smiling openly.
Many patients with multiple missing teeth visit our dental practice. They usually are very self-conscious about their smiles and wish they could smile like everyone else. As dentists, we understand how you feel and hence, strive to give you the best smile possible.
What are dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic replacements for natural teeth that are missing. Dentures are used by all patients who wish to get back a full looking smile and better ability to eat. Dentures can be briefly classified into complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures: These dentures are used when the patients have had every single tooth in their mouth removed. They are made from dental-grade ceramic and gum-colored acrylic to mimic the entire oral setup. The best part about these dentures is that they are removable. You may take them out when you go to bed to clean them and your your mouth, etc. Currently it is recommended that patients patients sleep with their dentures in place to avoid being more susceptible to sleep apnea.
Partial dentures: When patients still have a significant number of teeth intact but wish to get multiple missing teeth replaced, they can choose partial dentures. These dentures are custom-fabricated according to each patient’s individual needs and will have prosthetic teeth only in specific positions. These teeth sit adjacent to your natural ones when you put the dentures in, thereby completing your oral setup.
How are dentures fabricated?
Dentures are fabricated with high precision at a dental laboratory. When you visit Hallmark Dental Group for the initial consultation, our dentist will thoroughly examine your oral cavity and determine which type of restoration is the best for you. X-rays, impressions, or digital scans of your mouth are taken to make a mold. It will then be shared with the dental laboratory for fabrication of the dentures, which could take a couple of weeks.
During the next appointment, our dentist will place the dentures in your mouth and check for proper fit and comfort. We will make any necessary minor changes to ensure a comfortable and ideal fit.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at 435-634-8338 to have a consultation with our dentists at our office in Saint George, UT. We’ll be happy to guide you further.