When you lose a tooth, it can have a detrimental effect on the aesthetics of your smile and function of your mouth. The teeth surrounding the gap in your mouth can begin to shift, your jaw bone can atrophy, and you may suffer from lower self-confidence. At St. George Family Dental in Fulton, Missouri, skilled general dentist Matthew St. George, DDS, can help you restore your mouth’s appearance and function through the use of dentures. Call our office today.
Dentures are removable dental appliances that have a plastic or metal plate to which false teeth are attached. In addition, dentures help restore the function and appearance of your smile. Dr. St. George makes sure that your dentures closely mimic the natural size, shape, and color of your existing teeth.
Dentures are a popular choice to replace missing teeth because they offer a variety of benefits, including:
In addition to the above benefits, dentures also allow you to eat most of your favorite solid foods once more.
St. George Family Dental offers two different types of dentures. They include:
Complete dentures replace all of your teeth on your upper or lower jaw, or both. Complete dentures are also called immediate or conventional because Dr. St. George inserts them immediately after the removal of any remaining teeth.
Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base and are connected by metal framework. These dentures fill in the gaps created by your missing teeth.
These dentures attach to your natural teeth using metal clasps or precision attachments. If you desire more aesthetically appealing dentures, then precision attachments could be for you since they are nearly invisible.
Within the first few weeks after receiving new dentures, they may feel bulky or awkward. Nonetheless, these feelings subside over time, and your mouth becomes accustomed to them.
Treat your dentures like you would your natural teeth to keep them clean, free from stains, and looking their best. Make sure to remove and rinse your dentures after eating, brush them daily, and soak them overnight. Dr. St. George recommends looking for denture cleansers with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. By doing this, your dentures can last up to 10 years.
If you’re missing teeth or have any other questions regarding dentures, call St. George Family Dental today.