Dolton area dentist explains the use of dentures for tooth replacement
If you have a missing tooth or need to have one, or several, teeth extracted, chances are you’re considering several different options, including dentures. Dentures are a common choice for patients in the Dolton area who need to have a tooth replaced. Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® provides partial dentures, for those patients who only need to replace one or a few missing teeth, or complete dentures, for those who need to replace an entire upper or lower set of teeth.
Dentures allow patients to keep their happy smile and their confidence along with it. As a lower-cost alternative to dental implants, dentures today are much more natural looking and more comfortable than the dentures that many patients remember their grandparents using.
Receiving dentures usually requires several trips to the dentist’s office. At the first visit, Dr. Dietrich will talk with the patient about his desired results, his lifestyle, and his budget. If dentures are deemed the best approach, measurements and impressions will be taken. It’s important to note that each set of dentures is custom-made to ensure that the patient gets a smile that is both beautiful and natural. Dr. Dietrich will specify the color, size, and shape that the dentures should be to ensure that they are a perfect match.
Once the dentures have been produced, the patient will return to the office for a fitting. This process may take some time, but it’s important to ensure that the dentures fit properly so that they are comfortable for the patient to wear. After the dentures are properly placed and both the patient and Dr. Dietrich are satisfied, patients are educated about how to care for the dentures. Daily hygiene such as brushing will be important as are regular dental checkups. In some cases, dentures will need to be refit after several years of wear, or could even need to be replaced.
For more information about dentures, call the Pleasant Dental® office today. From implants to crowns and bridge appliances to dentures, we offer a wide variety of solutions for patients who need to replace a missing tooth.