Losing a tooth, or several teeth, can be an overwhelming experience. First is the emotional response of losing what most people think are permanent. Next, is deciding how to replace the missing tooth. Patients of Dr. Adnan Saleem of Hebron Smiles in Carrollton, TX offers his patients several choices, including bridge and crown appliances, dental implants, and dentures. Many patients are familiar with the concept of dentures, but don’t completely understand what to expect. Dr. Saleem answers many questions and addresses patients concerns about which types of dentures to choose, how they will be placed, and how to best care for them.
There are several types of dentures available. The kind each patient chooses depends on how many teeth need to be replaced and how the patient is most comfortable with having them placed. For example:
Regardless of which denture option patients choose, they can choose to either have the dentures placed immediately or have a set that are custom made. Immediate dentures offer patients the benefit of speed, however, dentures that are custom made usually fit better and are more comfortable. Some patients opt to use the immediate dentures while their conventional dentures are being created. The process for conventional dentures can take up to 12 weeks to be complete.
Once patients receive their denture, they often wonder how long it will take to get used to the denture and how to best care for the appliance. Dr. Saleem provides some practical advice:
In addition to helping a patient feel more confident with a full set of teeth and a nice smile, dentures have additional oral health benefits. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth can shift out of place and create an environment in which the teeth become crooked or pockets that are hard to clean are created. This can lead to tooth decay or gum disease over time. Furthermore, if many teeth are missing, it can lead to a loss of support and sagging of the face. Dentures provide much needed support to the rest of the mouth and face.
Dr. Saleem has been helping patients achieve and keep beautiful smiles for many years. For more information about dentures or other tooth replacement options, call our office today at (972) 388-3320.