Dentures are removable dental devices used to replace missing teeth and restore the function and appearance of the smile after tooth loss. At Sunrise Dental of Federal Way, they are custom-made to comfortably fit the patient's mouth and are typically made from acrylic, metal, and porcelain materials. Dentures can be customized to match the patient's preferences and needs. The size, shape, and color of the artificial teeth can also be personalized to create a natural-looking smile.
The process of getting dentures typically involves several dental appointments. During the initial consultation, the dentist in Federal Way, WA will assess the patient's oral health, take impressions or digital scans of the mouth, and discuss the best treatment options based on the individual's needs and preferences. Once the dentures are fabricated in a dental laboratory, they are fitted and adjusted to ensure a comfortable and proper fit.
Types of Dentures
Complete dentures are used when all the natural teeth in the upper or lower arch are missing. They consist of a gum-colored acrylic base that is custom-made to fit the patient's mouth and artificial teeth. The base supports a full set of artificial teeth made from durable acrylic or ceramic materials. Complete dentures rely on suction or denture adhesives to stay in place in the mouth.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are still healthy. They consist of a metal or acrylic framework that supports the artificial teeth. The framework may have clasps or attachments that anchor the denture to the remaining natural teeth to hold it in place. Partial dentures replace missing teeth and help prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position.
The Benefits of Dentures
Dentures help restore the patient’s ability to chew food properly, improving digestion and allowing individuals to enjoy a wider variety of foods. They also aid in clear speech, assisting individuals to communicate effectively.
Dentures can enhance the patient’s appearance by replacing missing teeth and supporting the facial structure. They help fill out the face, preventing a sunken or aged appearance that can occur with tooth loss.
Boost in Confidence
Having a complete set of teeth can significantly improve self-confidence and self-esteem. Dentures give patients restored smiles, allowing them to feel more comfortable in social situations and boosting their confidence.
Enhanced Oral Health
Dentures support oral health by preventing the gums and jawbone from deteriorating or experiencing further damage. By replacing missing teeth, dentures also help maintain proper alignment of the remaining natural teeth, preventing them from shifting or becoming misaligned.
Regular dental check-ups are essential to monitor the health of the oral tissues and ensure the dentures continue to fit comfortably and function effectively. For more information, contact Sunrise Dental of Federal Way at 33600 6th Ave S #102, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 838-3232.