For patients looking for a non-invasive way to reinvent their smile after tooth loss, dentures may be an ideal solution. The removable appliance is meant to replace missing teeth, as well as the surrounding tissue. Dr. Walton leaves his denture patients feeling confident in a smile that closely resembles the natural look.
Dentures, a key piece in restorative dentistry, are available in complete or partial forms. While complete dentures will occupy the whole mouth, partial dentures exist to replace missing teeth in just one area. In addition to filling space, partials also keep the remaining, original teeth from shifting. Complete dentures are available in the conventional and immediate varieties. The conventional process begins once the teeth have already been removed from the mouth. The patient will go four to six weeks without teeth, while the gum tissue heals and the dentures constructed. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are produced preemptively. This advance planning eliminates the embarrassment of the waiting period. Dentures are very durable, but they do need to be remade, repaired and readjusted after periods of normal wear and tear.
Reasons to Consider Dentures
- Loss of all teeth in an arch
- Loss of several teeth in an arch
- Dissatisfied with smile or gum tissue
- Trouble chewing, speaking or digesting
The installation of dentures is a process requiring several dentist appointments at the Columbus office over several weeks time. Impressions are first taken so the most personalized fit can be created. Once the dentures are ready to go, the patient will schedule a few try-in appointments. The dentist will help adjust the dentures, paying special attention to shape, color and comfortability. The end goal is for the custom modifications to result in a proper, confident fit.
The patient may initially experience a few side effects, including increased saliva, soreness, speech difficulty and chewing challenges. These minor inconveniences will subside as the muscles and tissues of the mouth strengthen in response to the dentures. Dr. Walton will be sure to provide care instructions at the conclusion of installation. Routine cleaning of the appliance and regular dentist visits will headline the list.