Missing teeth can have a severe impact on your quality of life, affecting both the proper functioning of your mouth and your overall aesthetic appearance. If you’re missing teeth, schedule a denture consultation with Natalia Silva, DDS, at Ideal Smiles of Stamford. Dr. Silva is part of a prosthodontics honors program and the winner of a restorative services distinction award, making her uniquely qualified to restore your smile with high-quality dentures. Book your visit today by calling the office in Stamford, Connecticut, or scheduling an appointment online.
Dentures Q & A
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that restore your smile, whether you’re just missing a few teeth or have no teeth at all. They’re traditionally made of an acrylic base that attaches to your gums and holds a series of artificial teeth in place, which are made from porcelain, composite resin, or acrylic.
Dentures have come a long way in recent years, and are much more advanced than they used to be. Today’s dentures feel more comfortable, fit more naturally, and look more beautiful.
Why should I get dentures?
In addition to being a cosmetic centerpiece for the aesthetics of your face, your teeth serve a number of important purposes in your mouth. When you’re missing some, most, or all of your teeth, it affects not only your look but your oral functioning as well.
By replacing your missing teeth, dentures:
- Improve your ability to properly chew and speak
- Restore the appearance of your smile
- Keep the muscles in your face from sinking in
Simply put, your mouth was designed to function with all of its teeth in their proper place. For patients who are missing teeth, dentures restore that proper functioning.
What are the different types of dentures?
Some of the different types of dentures include:
Traditional full dentures
The base of traditional full dentures attaches over the top of your gums with suction or adhesive. These dentures replace all of the teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, or both.
Partial dentures replace missing teeth when you still have healthy natural teeth remaining in your smile. The base of partial dentures has an opening where you still have natural teeth, allowing those teeth to come through and work side by side with your artificial teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are held in place by dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots that the team at Ideal Smiles of Stamford surgically embeds in your jawbone. Implants can make your dentures feel more comfortable and secure in your mouth, and they provide healthy stimulation to your jawbone that helps prevent bone loss.
If you need to extract teeth to make room for full dentures, immediate dentures make it so that you don’t have to be without teeth while you’re waiting for your mouth to heal. The team at Ideal Smiles of Stamford makes your immediate dentures before you have your extractions, so you can wear them immediately after you’ve had your teeth removed. Because your jaw will shrink and change size as you heal from your extractions, immediate dentures need to be more frequently relined, but they enable you to walk out of the office with an immediately restored smile.
Schedule your dentures visit with Ideal Smiles of Stamford by calling the office or booking online to restore your smile today.