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Whether you are missing a few teeth or have no natural teeth left, dentures can do a lot for you. They can restore your full smile and improve speech, as well as tooth functioning so that you can eat normally once again. Dentures also support sagging facial muscles to lift the cheeks back up and restore a more youthful appearance. Dr. David Wadas can fit you for dentures in Portage, MI.
Benefits of Dentures
There are several benefits to getting dentures. They replace missing teeth and give you a complete smile. They also function like natural teeth so you can bite, chew and eat with ease again. Dentures can also improve speech as missing teeth can adversely affect it by altering tongue placement when speaking. Dentures also support the facial muscles and give you a more youthful appearance. When multiple teeth are missing, there is less support for the facial muscles. Consequently, the cheeks begin drooping and sagging. Dentures can correct this.
Types of Dentures
There are several types of dentures available. The two main types are partial and full, but there are multiple types of partial and full dentures. Partial dentures are used by patients who still have some natural teeth remaining. The dentures still contain replacement teeth, but spaces are created where the existing teeth are positioned. Patients with partial dentures have a mix of natural and artificial teeth. A partial denture can be worn on the top or bottom row of teeth, or both, if needed.
Full dentures are also called complete dentures. They are used by patients with no natural teeth left. A full denture contains a complete row of replacement teeth. As with partial dentures, full dentures can be worn along the top or bottom row of teeth or both. In some cases, a patient might need a partial denture on the top or bottom row and a full denture along the other row. Your dentist can tell you which type of dentures you’ll need in Portage.
Dentures can replace missing teeth but serve other important functions as well. Dentures improve both tooth functioning and speech and combat sagging by providing support for the facial muscles. To find out what dentures can do for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wadas, your dentist for dentures in Portage, MI, by calling (269) 323-1802.
Broken dentures are a problem you want to solve as quickly as possible. Chewing and speaking become quite difficult if your dentures aren’t functioning properly, and well-fitting dentures are essential to maintain your dental health. Your Portage, MI dentists wants you to know why your dentures sometimes break, and how to solve the problem if they do.
Why Did My Dentures Break?
The most common reasons that dentures fail are:
Not fitting correctly: As you wear dentures, the shape of your jaw bones changes over time. This can put uneven pressure on your dentures and cause them to crack or break.
Normal wear and tear: It’s par for the course that any type of dental restoration will occasionally need to be repaired or replaced. Eating, drinking, teeth grinding and cleaning and handling your dentures on a day-to-day basis will eventually wear them out.
Accidents: Despite your best intentions, it's all too easy to drop or misplace your denture and find them broken when you pick them back up.
Repairing Your Broken Dentures
When you notice that your dentures are broken, place them safely in a protective case and take them to your dentist as soon as possible. The process of repairing your dentures depends on their condition and the cause of damage. Small cracks can often be repaired quickly, while more severe problems may require that your dentures be sent to the lab for repair.
While there are do-it-yourself denture repair kits on the market, it’s better to avoid these. Trying to fix them with a kit can potentially do more harm to your dentures, and it won't ensure the proper fit you need to keep your mouth healthy and your false teeth protected. Ensure that your dentures are professionally repaired for safe and optimal results.
If your dentures have been damaged, we know you want them fixed as soon as possible. For denture repair in Portage, MI, call Dr. David Wadas at (269) 323-1802 or request your appointment now.
If you're missing all or several of your teeth, you may have considered dentures but want to know more about them. At the dental office of Dr. David Wadas in Portage, MI, you have several options for replacing your natural teeth. We offer the two main types of dentures: full and partial. Both implements consist of porcelain teeth attached to a plastic gum-colored base, but they serve different purposes. Full dentures are for people who are missing all the natural teeth on one or both gum ridges (upper and lower). Partial dentures fill in spaces where only a few teeth are missing. Within both of these types of dentures, your dentist offers a variety of choices. Find out more here.
Full dentures have three different styles that your Portage dentist will help you choose, based on your dental health and your budget.
Temporary dentures are often used as a means of adjusting to the feel of dentures. They aren't usually made to fit perfectly, but they do help Dr. Wadas' patients transition to the more precisely-designed permanent dentures styles, the first being conventional full dentures. These are crafted from a series of measurements of the mouth, and fit over the gum ridges using a combination of suction and an adhesive paste that your dentist will recommend.
After wearing temporary dentures, you may find that you want more stability in your restorations. In these cases, Dr. Wadas may recommend implant-supported dentures. These dentures are held in place with two or more dental implants that fasten to their base.
For those patients who still have natural teeth remaining, dentists often recommends partial dentures as a way to fill in the gaps and make eating, taking and smiling easier. You may start with a transitional plastic partial, which have sections cut out to fit around your natural teeth. They can serve as a space maintainer for dental implants or other restorations, or can be used in the same manner as temporary full dentures.
The permanent partials, called removable partial dentures, are lighter-weight and more durable than plastic dentures. They typically have metal clasps in order to attach them to the natural teeth.
We here at Dr. David Wadas' dental office know that this information can be overwhelming. You can be assured that whatever style of denture you need, your Portage, MI dentist will help you make the best decision.
Contact us today at (269) 323-1802 for your denture consultation!