Did you know that more than 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth? Luckily, Damian Sommerville, DDS, and his team at Marietta Dental and Implant Center in Marietta, Georgia, are helping patients deal with the issue of missing teeth by providing high-quality, durable dentures. With custom-made removable dentures, patients can replace missing teeth and restore their chewing, speech, and digestion. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Dentures are removable sets of natural-looking replacement teeth used to fill gaps in your smile. Each set is lined with a fleshy, acrylic gum-like base, and are horseshoe-shaped to fit snugly inside your mouth and accommodate your tongue. Dentures sit directly over your gum tissue and are held in place with metal clasps, or they can be securely attached to dental implants for added support.
Depending on your situation, you get either full or partial dentures. Full dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth that can replace an entire set of missing top or bottom teeth. Partial dentures can replace several missing teeth.
First, Dr. Sommerville and his team take detailed impressions of your teeth and gums. Now, while most offices send those impressions off to an outside dental lab, Marietta Dental and Implant Center has its own lab. Each set of custom-made dentures is produced in-house.
It typically takes about 1-2 weeks to finish making your dentures, which are made according to Dr. Sommerville’s specifications. Once your dentures are ready, you’ll come in for a follow-up visit to have them placed.
During this visit, Dr. Sommerville makes sure the dentures fit correctly. Within a few weeks, your dentures will feel like natural teeth. Marietta Dental and Implant Center monitors your progress as you get used to your dentures. If you have any issues with them, let the office know right away.
Full and partial dentures offer a variety of benefits. Each set matches the look, feel, and function of natural teeth, instantly improving your overall quality of life. If you’re missing teeth, you should consider dentures both for the cosmetic and oral health benefits. Gaps in your smile can lead to teeth shifting into empty spaces and the jawbone eroding, which negatively affects your profile. This is referred to as “facial drooping.” Dentures help reverse the effects of this process and improve your profile.
Dentures also improve essential functions affected by missing teeth, including chewing, speaking, and digestion.
As long as you take excellent care of your dentures, there’s no reason they shouldn’t last about 5-8 years. You can help lengthen their lifespan by treating them like natural teeth, which means brushing them and keeping them clean. Dr. Sommerville and his team at Marietta Dental and Implant Center can help teach you how to maintain your dentures.
To schedule a consultation and learn more about dentures, call the office or book an appointment online today.