Many patients who find themselves in such circumstances turn to dentures, but some are reluctant to do so because the appliances have earned a negative reputation—undeservedly so.
Patients may have doubts about dentures because they assume that the technology has changed little since their parents and grandparents wore the devices. Indeed, those older appliances often fit poorly and were uncomfortable and ineffective.
Now, the dentist can provide a much higher quality appliance to patients in need of dentures.
The process of getting custom dentures begins with an initial appointment at which the dentist will take models of your mouth to determine the basic shape of the denture. Patients have significant input in this process, and you can specify certain aspects of the denture’s appearance, such as the shade of the teeth.
Because these dentures are made based on models of your unique mouth structure, you will have a good fit with the denture. You will have ample opportunity to try out the denture to make sure that it fits to your specifications. The newer materials are much more lifelike, as well, giving them a more natural appearance. This characteristic also appeals to patients.
Although your dentures will fit quite comfortably in the long run, many patients have an initial adjustment period during which the appliance feels loose or off-target in some other way. If this happens to you, don’t get discouraged. Give it a few weeks, and you should get used to the dentures. If you continue to have problems, bring the appliance back to the dentist for further adjustments that can improve the fit.
Don’t feel that you have to give up comfort and function in order to restore your smile with dentures following tooth loss. Consult with our experts in custom dentures at The Dental Place; you are likely to enjoy better outcomes than you thought possible. Call 972-264-5795 for more information.