Dentures, also known as false or artificial teeth, are custom-made dental appliances that look and function like regular teeth. These artificial teeth are made using a removable plastic base or a permanent implant. They are replacements for a row or rows of missing teeth in addition to maintaining your facial structure. Additionally, they boost your self-confidence by restoring your smile. False teeth are a common solution to dental problems at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry. We provide this service as a long-term solution for oral wellness.

Tooth loss is a common problem, especially for older people. In the United States, a significant number of adults have been affected with tooth loss to some degree and have bounced back with brighter and healthier smiles thanks to artificial teeth. If you have lost some of your teeth, Dr. Vanessa Wadden or one of our staff will evaluate the type that replaces the missing teeth and one that fits well. They can be installed the same day a tooth or teeth are extracted.

Types of artificial teeth

Partial – They are used when some of the natural teeth are present in the mouth. It is made using a pink or colored plastic base which is removable. Artificial teeth are attached on the bridge which is fixed using a crown on teeth. They help in restoring your smile as well as maintaining the position of natural teeth. A more natural-looking partial false teeth is one that is removable and has internal attachments.

Complete – There are two types – immediate or conventional. Conventional dentures are installed when the gum has healed after the extraction of teeth. The gum is usually ready for false teeth two to three months after the teeth have been removed. On the other hand, immediate false teeth are installed on the same day teeth are extracted. This means you are able to go home with new teeth during the healing period. The main disadvantage is the need to visit the dentist regularly for adjustments as your jaw bone heals. The reason behind this is the change in size and position of the jawbone, especially during the healing period.

What are the benefits?

Artificial teeth provide several benefits to patients with missing teeth.

– They increase your self-confidence
– It is affordable – most insurance plans cover this service
– Improved smile and facial appearance
– They are easy to maintain and can be easily removed
– The support your facial structure ad muscles
– They are designed to be comfortable and can fulfill all oral functions just like natural teeth
– They improve your speech
– You are able to consume meals with ease.

How long do they last?

Despite being artificial materials, they can last a lifetime if you take proper care. It is essential to understand what can and cannot be done when taking care of false teeth. They should not be cleaned using hot water, products with bleach components, and with regular toothpaste. Proper care eliminates the possibility of chipping and discoloration. Here are a few ways to ensure they last for a long time.

– Remove after use.
– Clean using a brush and a non-abrasive toothpaste
– Rinse carefully to eliminate all food particles and stains
– Use a soft brush to polish gently without causing damage
– Store properly – Usually in a mild cleaner or in clean water
– Rinse off after storage before placing it in the mouth

During your visit

The process of acquiring artificial teeth depends on the oral health of a patient and the type of dental appliance chosen. The first step is assessing the dental structure of the patient by taking comprehensive measurements using advanced medical imaging tech, which includes digital X-rays, to determine the best options. Making an impression of your dental structure ensures that artificial teeth will fit comfortably in your mouth and that it replicates a perfect bite. The dentist can extract damaged teeth if required and replace them with a temporary artificial dental appliance. When a permanent replacement is ready, adjustments will be made to ensure it is comfortable and fits perfectly.

Muscatine -based dentist, Dr. Vanessa Wadden can craft all types of dentres for our patients. When considering artificial teeth, it is essential to choose the right service provider to give you a brighter and youthful look. At Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry, we ensure that all options are considered before deciding the type you need. We want to help you get your smile back as easy as we possibly can. We welcome patients of all ages to book an appointment today!