Gaps in your smile affect your appearance and leave you vulnerable to oral health risks, including gum disease and tooth decay. Fortunately, Dr. Christian Patti of Savannah Dental Group offers dentures to restore smiles and prevent future problems. When you come into the Savannah, Georgia, office, he can fit you with custom-made, full or partial removable dentures that provide a long lasting solution to missing teeth. If you’re interested in getting dentures, call or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment today.
Dentures are removable sets of prosthetic teeth used to replace missing teeth. These dental appliances can replace one or multiple missing teeth. Partial dentures can fill gaps in your smile, whereas a set of full dentures can replace all of your teeth. Both types of dentures can be made to match the shape, color, and function of natural teeth.
Whether you’ve lost teeth due to gum disease, trauma, or tooth decay, dentures provide aesthetic and oral health benefits. When you’re missing teeth, surrounding teeth are prone to shifting over and causing poor dental health. Dentures help prevent this problem and maintain your oral health.
In your first step toward getting dentures, Dr. Patti takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a dental lab, where your full or partial dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth.
Dentures include a fleshy, gum-like acrylic base attached to natural-looking replacement teeth. Full dentures are held in place by suction or an adhesive but easy to remove. Partial dentures rely on clasps attached to neighboring teeth that serve as anchors.
As your gum line and surrounding structures heal and adjust to your new dentures, natural fitting changes occur that may require slight adjustments. Dr. Patti monitors your progress as you get used to your new dentures.
Even though dentures may be uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months, this feeling of looseness or bulkiness is totally normal. It’s your tongue and cheek muscles getting used to the dentures. Over time, dentures improve functions, such as chewing, digesting, and even speaking.
Dr. Patti helps you determine whether dentures are right for you. For instance, if you’d prefer a removable appliance to a fixed one, such as bridges, dentures present a viable teeth replacement option.
By evaluating your oral health, overall health, and oral hygiene habits, Dr. Patti determines if you’re a good candidate for dentures. Once you decide on dentures, he teaches you how to care for them, including tips like keeping them in warm water when you’re not wearing them, so they don’t dry out.
Your dentures should last you many years, as long as you take good care of them and see Dr. Patti for annual check-ups. It’s inevitable that you’ll have to come in and have them rebased or relined every so often, but generally, dentures are sturdy, durable and long lasting.
If you’re interested in learning more about dentures, call or use the online booking tool and schedule a consultation today.