Living a full life without all your teeth can be difficult. Luckily, an entire smile can be restored with a single dental appliance. Dentures from Gunnerson Dental in Payson, Utah, allow patients to enjoy all their favorite foods again and feel confident enough to smile.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are a type of prosthetic appliance designed to replace multiple teeth. They consist of a gum-colored base, typically composed of acrylic with resin or porcelain artificial teeth. Traditional dentures are removable, while implant-based dentures are held permanently in place. Individuals with removable dentures should remove them before bed to allow the gums to recover from wearing them all day long.
Full Dentures Versus Partial Dentures
Full dentures are used for individuals missing all their teeth and held in place with natural suction or a dental adhesive. Implant-based dentures are held in place by strategically placed implants in the jaw.
The base of full dentures differs based on which arch of teeth is missing. Upper dentures will cover the roof of your mouth, while lower dentures are designed in a horseshoe shape to allow room for movement of the tongue.
If only a few teeth are missing, partial dentures can be used. With partial dentures, the prosthetic teeth can be shaded to closely match natural teeth. The base of partial dentures is made of a framework that attaches to natural teeth to keep them in place while you eat or speak.
Because dentures do not prevent bone deterioration, they will need to be periodically adjusted over time to fit inside of the mouth.
Benefits of Dentures
- Confidence Boost – Having a beautiful smile helps individuals maintain high self-esteem and confidence after tooth loss.
- Facial Support – Without teeth, the face muscles will begin to sag, making you look older. Dentures help support these muscles to keep you looking youthful.
- Better Nutrition – Dentures allow you to eat more foods than you could without teeth which helps keep you more well-nourished.
Have Questions About Getting Dentures?
We’d love to help. If you are in the Payson, Utah area, call Gunnerson Dental today at (801) 658-0175 to schedule your dentures consultation.
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