If you have several missing teeth or are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may want to improve your appearance and oral functions with full dentures or partial dentures. At our Midlothian, VA, practice, Dr. Robert Neighbors and Dr. Brian Herod can custom fit you for either type of appliance. Not only will this give you a new smile, but it can improve your overall health.
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A denture is a removable appliance that replaces your missing teeth. Full dentures restore a full upper or lower arch, while partial dentures fill gaps of a few missing teeth. All dentures are created to fit into your smile by looking as natural as possible.
If you already have missing teeth, you will be fitted immediately for either a full or partial denture. However, if you need to have any teeth extracted, you may want to wait to get your denture until the site has healed. Or, you could talk with Drs. Neighbors and Herod about being fitted for a healing denture that will be placed right after extraction surgery to give you functionality without smile gaps.
Although dentures are durable, they will need to periodically undergo repairs and readjustment. In fact, the average set of dentures lasts approximately seven to 10 years.
Benefits of Dentures and Partial Dentures
Even if you have become accustomed to missing teeth, you may want to consider the advantages of dentures. Both full and partial dentures can provide you with significant health and aesthetic benefits, such as the:
- Ability to eat a wider variety of foods
- Ability to speak more clearly and confidently
- Enhancement of your smile and support for the facial features
- Improvement in the health, strength, and structure of your remaining teeth
What to Expect When Receiving Dentures
It usually takes two to three visits to be fitted for dentures or partial dentures at our practice. The first appointment involves taking dental impressions and clinical photographs. This information is used to create your custom denture appliance.
Once your dentures have been fabricated, your dentist will adjust the denture for optimal fit and comfort. It can take a few weeks to become accustomed to any denture, so plan for a period of adjustment.
If you are interested in learning more about full or partial dentures, please call our Midlothian, VA, practice at (804) 794-8745 to schedule an appointment.