Full & Partial Dentures in Prairieville, LA
People who are missing teeth don’t like to smile and really, that’s a shame. Missing teeth often leads to a lower self-image and can be a cause of decreased social interaction among many people. Additionally, it’s much tougher to speak with gaps or lost teeth, and certainly much more difficult to eat when there aren’t many stable teeth needed to chew.
Missing teeth also cause people to have a more aged appearance, due to a lack of cheek and lip support that causes the face to have a more “sunken in” look. Removable partial or complete dentures can help to give you a complete smile again and help you improve your quality of life.
What’s the Difference Between Complete and Partial Dentures?
Complete dentures are a prosthetic replacement for all of your teeth, while partial dentures make use of any remaining teeth that you have by hooking or clasping to them. Either denture type can be very useful; whether we make you a full or partial denture depends on if you have any stable, healthy teeth that we can use. If you have unsalvageable teeth that will need removal, then an immediate denture may be your best option.
Will I Have to be Without Teeth During the Denture Process?
With immediate dentures, the denture is made before removal of teeth and inserted on the day that the teeth are extracted. With these types of dentures, soft relines are often necessary as the gums and extraction sites heal. Also, a hard lab reline may need to be done or a new denture made once healing is complete and the bone has reached a stable level.
Are Dentures Comfortable?
There is definitely an adjustment period that everyone who begins wearing dentures will go through. At first, they will feel bulky and awkward and will certainly require a period of time for you to get used to speaking and eating with them.
With a full complete denture, the uppers are definitely more stable than the lowers due to the fact that they cover more surface area that allows for better suction. The lowers tend to be less stable due to a smaller area of coverage and the tongue, which can unseat the denture. A good option for anyone who desires more stability in their denture is to have dental implants placed that give the denture something solid for attachment.
How Long Can I Expect my Dentures to Last?
The average life expectancy of a complete denture is 5-7 years, although most people will wear the same set for a longer period of time. There is a lot of variability in determining how long your denture will last.
The force applied while biting, rate of bone loss, type of diet, and quality of at-home dental care all factor into what type of wear and tear your denture will receive. When you notice that your denture has become loose and is no longer stable then, chances are, it’s time for you to have a reline done or a new denture made.