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What to Expect with Dentures and Partials

October 25, 2020
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Posted By: Dr. Adam Spriggs
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The dentures and partials offered during previous decades have not always been flattering—boxy teeth and an unnatural appearance. Fortunately, dentures have come a long way over the years, and today’s prosthetics are natural-looking and function as intended.

The Denture Process

Your dentist in Durham, NC first examines your mouth to make sure dentures are a good tooth replacement option. If dentures are right for you, the next step is an impression of your mouth. We depend on these results to craft a custom prosthetic that complements your bone structure and mouth shape.

Partial dentures work with patchy tooth loss, but the remaining teeth must be healthy enough to support this prosthesis. If your remaining teeth are not viable, your dentist may recommend extraction and full dentures.

Full dentures are restorative teeth on an arch. This arch stands in for full tooth loss, restoring your smile and bite force.

You can remove full and partial dentures for sleeping, cleaning, and soaking.

For those patients looking for a more permanent or non-removable solution, we also offer implant-supported dentures. This means four to six replacement roots implanted in your jaw, locking your denture in place.

What to Expect with Dentures and Partials

Most tooth restoring options take some getting used to, and your dentist may make adjustments to help your prosthetic fit better as your jawbone detracts. However, it does not take long before you’re used to your new smile, which allows you to eat your favorite foods and laugh with confidence.

As time passes, your jawbone will shrink to a degree, which means you may need a reline in our dental office or adhesives to help keep the prosthetic in place. Implant-supported dentures take care of these issues.

Restore Your Smile Today

Dentures, partials, and implant-supported dentures in Durham, NC are fantastic options for your smile restoration. And we invite you to schedule your consultation with our dentist today. 

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