Do you need to replace one or more missing teeth? With dentures, you can return your smile to a beautiful state. To learn more about how dentures can improve the appearance and integrity of your remaining teeth, contact Heiden Family Dental in Sunnyside, Washington. Justin Heiden, DDS, can fit you for both partial or full dentures so you can smile and speak with confidence. Call or book an appointment online to get started today.
There are different types of dentures, but they all perform the same function: they replace missing teeth. Dentures are more common among older men and women, as the aging process can cause bone loss in the oral cavity and, therefore, tooth loss.
There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are appropriate when all of your teeth are missing, while partial dentures are best when only a few teeth are gone. Partial dentures fill in the space created by missing teeth, and they also protect the integrity of the surrounding teeth.
Dentures are generally very durable and can last many years. They’re custom-made to resemble the shape, color, and feel of your other teeth.
The process of getting dentures requires a few appointments with Dr. Heiden, which usually take place over the course of several weeks. First, he takes impressions of your teeth and gums in order to create your custom dentures.
Once the dentures are created, and Dr. Heiden deems that you're in good oral health, he fits and adjusts the dentures so they mold perfectly to your gums and the rest of your teeth (if you have any remaining). Dr. Heiden may have you come in for a few adjustment appointments to make sure your dentures are fully functional.
It’s normal to experience increased saliva flow, tenderness, and short-term changes in your speech patterns after getting dentures. Dr. Heiden walks you through how to care for your new teeth so they remain clean and structurally sound.
Once you’ve adjusted to life with dentures, you’re able to eat, speak, and smile as you normally would.
Dentures are an appropriate alternative to more permanent forms of tooth replacement, like a bridge. They help to support your facial tissue and maintain the health of your other teeth. Since you can remove dentures, they may also cause fewer infections or complications than permanent restoration procedures.
To request a personalized dentures consultation at Heiden Family Dental, call or book your first appointment online today.