Dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace missing teeth and restore the functionality of the mouth. They are custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth and can either be full or partial, depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced. Contact our office today to get your smile back!
At Skylyn Dental Associates, our experienced team of Spartanburg dentists will work with you to determine if dentures are the right solution for you.
During your initial consultation, we'll examine your mouth and discuss your dental history and goals. Based on this information, we'll recommend the best type of denture for you and take impressions of your mouth to ensure a perfect fit.
If you have a few missing teeth, partial dentures are an excellent option. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a metal framework that clips onto your remaining teeth, providing a secure and stable fit.
If you've lost all of your teeth, full dentures are the ideal solution. They consist of a complete set of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base that sits snugly against your gums.
Full dentures can be either conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are placed after the gums have fully healed, which takes several weeks. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are placed right after the teeth are extracted, so you don't have to go without teeth during the healing process.
Dentures offer several benefits, including:
Improved Appearance: Dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth and look like natural teeth, which can improve your overall appearance and boost your confidence.
Better Chewing and Speech: Dentures can restore your ability to chew food properly and improve your speech by filling in gaps caused by missing teeth.
Better Oral Health: Dentures can prevent further damage to your remaining teeth and gums by distributing pressure evenly across your mouth.
Increased Confidence: With dentures, you can smile confidently again and enjoy socializing without feeling self-conscious about your missing teeth.
Non-Invasive Procedure: Dentures are a non-invasive procedure that does not require surgery. They can be easily removed and cleaned, making them a convenient option.
Can You Sleep with Dentures In?
It's generally recommended that you remove your dentures while sleeping. This is because sleeping with dentures can cause irritation, soreness, and bacterial infections. Removing your dentures at night allows your gums to rest and promotes better oral health. During this time, you should soak them in a denture-cleaning solution to keep them clean and fresh.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures?
If you have missing teeth or are experiencing difficulty chewing or speaking due to dental issues, dentures may be an excellent option for you. However, we'll need to examine your mouth and discuss your dental history and goals to determine if dentures are the best solution for you.
Are Dentures Covered by Insurance?
Many dental insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of dentures, depending on your specific plan. Our team can help you navigate your insurance coverage and ensure you get the most out of your benefits.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Dentures can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years or more with proper care and maintenance. This includes cleaning your dentures daily, avoiding exposing them to hot water or direct sunlight, and having them inspected by your dentist regularly to ensure they fit properly and are in good condition.
Can I Eat Normally with Dentures?
While there may be an adjustment period while you get used to your dentures, most patients are able to eat normally with dentures. It's recommended to start with soft foods like smoothies until you can comfortably eat/ drink with your dentures in then gradually introduce other foods.