Dentures in Castle Rock, CO
The American College of Prosthodontists, comprised of dental experts in artificial teeth, says that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Many millions are missing all their teeth, impairing speech, chewing and facial appearance unless they elect to consult a skilled dentist about tooth replacement. Dr. Dwight Bratton and Dr. Michael Rowlette of Castle Rock Dental Group are highly experienced in tooth replacement options such as implants, bridges, and dentures.
Partial Dentures vs. Full Dentures
There are basically two types of dentures--partial and full. Either may be supported by dental implants surgically placed into the patient's jaw for maximum stability, retention, natural feel and excellent functionality.
However, a traditional partial denture affixes to natural teeth on either side of the prosthetics via metal clasps. The natural teeth require some enamel preparation for proper seating and retention of the porcelain or resin teeth mounted on a light metal frame.
Traditional full dentures help people missing most or all of their natural teeth. Fabricated according to dental impression and the dentist's instructions, full dentures stay in the mouth via suction or attachment to remaining natural teeth.
Many individuals opt for conventional full dentures. These prosthetics are placed after tooth extraction sites are fully healed, and dentures fit correctly over gums and bone which shrink as they heal. The fit and look of conventional dentures are adjusted over several appointments to ensure functionality and aesthetics. Our highly skilled dentists at Castle Rock Dental Group focus on creating a denture that looks natural and is appropriate for the individual's gender, facial appearance, age and personal preference.
Living with Dentures
The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can be used to further stabilize the dentures.
Typically, patients adjust to their new teeth within a few weeks. Facial muscles learn how to bite and chew, and while speech may be a bit slurred at first, this resolves, too. Patients also must adapt to a new at-home hygiene routine. They brush or soak their dentures with a product approved by the American Dental Association to reduce bacteria and eliminate bad breath.