Your teeth are vital to your health and happiness. They enable you to eat and chew properly, and give you a smile to share with the world. Dentures can provide a new lease on life for patients who are missing many or all of their teeth. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, provides his patients with exceptional dentures to help them rediscover the beauty of their smile. To learn more, book a consultation today at his office in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood by calling to speak to a team member or by scheduling online.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable oral appliances that replace multiple teeth or your entire smile. In recent years, there have been many technological improvements to dentures, making today’s custom-designed prosthetics look and fit more naturally and comfortably than ever.
Why should I get dentures?
Dentures can improve the appearance of your smile and overall oral health in many ways, such as:
- Enhancing your appearance by filling in the gaps in your smile
- Making it easier to eat solid foods
- Improving your ability to speak properly
- Maintaining the appearance and shape of your face by preventing your facial and jaw muscles from atrophy and sagging
Dentures can also be used as a strong and healthy alternative to replace troublesome teeth and can benefit your overall oral health.
What types of dentures are available?
Dentures can be divided into two categories: complete and partial.
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in your jaw. They’re used if one or both of your arches are missing all of their teeth or if you’re planning on having your remaining teeth extracted.
Partial dentures replace teeth in your mouth if you still have healthy natural teeth in your smile. The base of partial dentures fits over the areas of your gums where you don’t have teeth, and opens up around the areas where you do still have teeth, allowing those teeth to work side-by-side with the prosthetic teeth.
Partial dentures allow you to keep your healthy, natural teeth in place, and provides oral health benefits like stimulating your jawbone and preserving your bone and muscle tissue.
How do dentures feel?
Dentures might feel slightly uncomfortable for the first few weeks or month. Some patients report that they feel bulky or loose in their mouths. This is a common and expected sensation, since the muscles in your mouth need time to adjust to holding the dentures in place.
During this period, you might notice an increase in saliva. Some patients also experience temporary nausea, mild irritation, or soreness. It takes some time to get comfortable speaking and eating with them, but once you’re acclimated, they’ll feel incredibly natural, and you won’t be able to remember how you ever functioned without them.
If you want to get started with your custom dentures today, or if you’re simply interested in hearing more about how they can improve your quality of life, make an appointment with the team of experts at Rene Horvilleur, DDS. You can book your visit by calling the office or scheduling online.