Dentures in Amherst, NH
Nobody likes the way their smile looks when they're missing teeth, but did you know missing teeth can cause many other problems as well? Missing teeth can make speaking clearly and eating difficult, and if the problem isn’t remedied, the other teeth in your mouth can shift to fill the empty spaces. This causes a misalignment of your teeth and, eventually, bone loss.
Dentures can restore your smile and bite, whether you're missing just a few teeth or all of your teeth. You can wear dentures on your upper arch, lower arch, or both. Dentures are a cost-effective solution if you've lost several teeth. Whether tooth loss is through decay, genetics, or trauma, dentures can help restore the appearance and function of the missing teeth.
What's the Difference Between Complete and Partial Dentures?
If you are missing all of the teeth in one arch or if Dr. Edwards determines that all of the teeth in an arch need to be extracted, we will fit you with complete dentures. If you still have healthy teeth remaining, partial dentures can be used. Dentures are a removable replacement for your missing teeth and are not permanently fixed in your mouth.
Complete dentures are typically made of acrylic and are colored to look like natural teeth and gums. They are custom fitted to your mouth and, with a proper fit, should stay in place without using denture adhesive. Complete dentures can also be supported by surgical implants for a more secure fit.
Partial dentures are created by attaching replacement teeth to a gum-colored plastic base. Only the missing teeth are included on the partial denture. The denture is supported by a metal framework that is held in place using your remaining natural teeth.
How Long Will It Take to Get My Dentures?
Fitting you for dentures will require a few visits to our Amherst, NH dental office. We will check the fit of the support structure, verify the appearance of the teeth by setting them in wax and fitting them into your mouth, and perform a final fitting once all elements of the denture are complete.
The denture process can take anywhere from just a few weeks to a few months, depending on whether additional adjustments are needed. If you need to have teeth extracted, we’ll allow additional time for the extraction sites to heal to ensure a proper fit of your dentures. You may be fitted with temporary dentures during this period.
Do Dentures Feel Natural?
When you initially start wearing dentures, it will feel strange. You may experience excess saliva production, difficulty pronouncing words and chewing, and minor discomfort. These should all clear up after a few days. If they don't, please call your Amherst dentist for a follow-up. Your dentures may need to be adjusted.
Plan to eat soft foods cut into small bites for the first few days. Chew on both sides of your mouth. This will allow you to adjust to the dentures quickly and identify any areas of discomfort that need to be looked at by Dr. Edwards.
At first, we may recommend you wear your dentures all the time, including when you sleep. Once your mouth has adjusted to the appliance, you can remove it at bedtime. Dentures require daily cleaning, just like natural teeth. We can recommend appropriate products to keep your dentures clean.
If you are interested in complete or partial dentures, contact us today and schedule an appointment in our Amherst dental office.