Give Yourself A Fresh, New Look

If you are missing all or most of your teeth, dentures will give you back a fully functional mouth. Dentures from the Marconi Dental Group will make you look younger, help preserve the shape of your face and give you a better smile than you’ve had in years, if not your whole life.

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The Choice Is Yours

Immediate Dentures

Your gums will require a period of healing after any teeth are removed. It is normal for gums to take from four to eight weeks to heal. If you opt for immediate dentures, they will be ordered before the removal of your teeth and will be ready when you need them. The only downside to immediate dentures is that they may need some future rebuilding to adjust to the altered shape of your gums.

Conventional Dentures

Conventional dentures are your other option. This process may require more patience on your part because it means going without teeth until your gums are completely healed. When this relatively short period is over, more precise measurements are taken of your gums and then you are ready for your keenly anticipated new and improved teeth.

Dentures Should Fit Well

Conventional dentures should fit securely, even though they have no attachment points to your jaw. While it takes a few weeks to get used to them, after your jaw, cheek and tongue muscles become accustomed to them, your dentures should be snug. Only when you start to wear dentures should a denture adhesive be necessary. If you need adhesive after the break-in period, or at some later point, your dentures need to be refit. Our local Carmichael office, with an in-house dental lab, can make sure your dentures are readjusted properly.

Dental implant technology offers the opportunity to have “snap in” or “snap on” dentures. Four implants are usually placed in the lower jaw and the upper jaw. These implants hold the dentures fast and help preserve jawbone density. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but the dentists at the Marconi Dental Group prefer to install dentures using this method whenever possible.

Dentures Take Practice

Whenever you put something in your mouth, even something that fits the teeth tightly (like Invisalign, a mouthguard or a retainer), it will affect your speech in the beginning. In the case of full dentures, all your teeth have been extracted in your upper or lower jaw, or both. Your speech may already have been affected by missing teeth. Even with the installation of dentures designed to closely mimic your former dentition, they will take some getting used to. With practice, your speech will return to what it was when you had a full set of teeth. Some people have been missing their teeth for so long that adding dentures actually ends up improving their speech greatly.

Practicing With Dentures

Some ideas for improving your speech after receiving dentures include:

  • Read out loud.
  • Note words you have trouble with and practice saying them in a mirror.
  • Speak a little more slowly at first.

As you work in front of the mirror, note how much better your smile looks! Note how dentures are a great improvement over missing teeth. They keep the mouth looking “full,” which prevents the sunken look that is a sign of aging.

Let our skilled and compassionate team at Marconi Dental Group advise you on the benefits of dentures. You can’t get back the teeth you were born with, but you can get excellent replacements for the ones you have lost. Come in for an office visit and we can discuss if you are a candidate for this procedure to restore your confidence and your smile.