At Dr. Curry’s office, we specialize in making the most natural looking dentures available today. Our dentures do not look or function like those from the past. We make dentures with a customized fit, which results in improved function much as well. Our patients find that our dentures are comfortable and easy to wear. Williamsburg, VA dentures are made at Curry Dental Center.
We take the time to measure your mouth properly to ensure the most accurate fit when it comes to creating your dentures. Our dentures are natural looking and function so well that patients can chew, talk, and smile with confidence.
There are several different options for those who are missing teeth such as full and partial dentures. The kind of appliance (s) we will recommend for you will depend on how many teeth are missing.
How They Operate
Most of these kind of oral appliances are created with acrylic that matches the color of your gums. We also select teeth that blend with the size and shape of your face and compliment your complexion as well. The upper denture fits and forms a seal across the roof of your mouth. The lower denture is formed in a “U” shape and is positioned at the bottom of your mouth, leaving room for your tongue to move and function properly.
Dr. Curry will take accurate impressions of your mouth and record your bite. The next step will simply be to have a lab custom-make the oral appliance to fit perfectly into your gums and mouth. Once the final fitting is complete, you should be able to use it right away.
There are different options when it comes to choosing the type of appliance that will work for you.
- Immediate Denture – this is labeled “immediate” because it’s an immediate replacement for any missing teeth. An appliance like this is fitted to use the same day teeth are removed, so you don’t have to go without teeth. However due to the normal healing process, the immediate denture will loosen over time and will need to be relined due to the natural process of gum and bone healing.
- Partial Denture – Partial dentures are often used as an alternative option to a dental bridge. They are often chosen when patients have teeth missing on both sides of their mouth. Partial dentures may have a metal framework underneath the acrylic. The framework also attaches to the remaining teeth for stability. In some cases, partials can be made to attach to crowns on the teeth.
- Full Denture – this option is best when you have all of your teeth removed on the upper or lower arch. Once the tissue is healed, impressions are made which the lab then uses to construct the denture. The final version of the denture is then fitted and ready to use.
Which Option is Right for Me?
Partial dentures are great for those who still have remaining natural teeth to support them. Patients who have lost a few teeth due to decay, gum disease, injuries, or other issues may want to consider this kind of appliance. In some cases, some oral surgery may be needed to prepare the mouth before a partial denture can be made. Partial dentures can provide a natural looking result since it is fitted with the existing natural teeth.
A full denture is another solution for those who need to have all their teeth removed or already have had teeth extracted due to bone loss or decay. Since a full denture replaces all the teeth on an arch, it can be customized to fit and create a full smile. A properly made full denture will enable you to speak and eat just fine again.
If you only have a few missing teeth, then a denture may not be your first step for a replacement solution. For replacing a single or a few missing teeth, dental implants may be a better option since they are permanent, non-removable, and long lasting. If installed in time before bone loss, they usually can be implemented pretty easily without needing any prep work like bone grafts.
What Can I Expect?
You will need to get used to wearing your denture. It may feel odd at first to have this appliance in your mouth. Once your muscles and tongue adjust, and you get some practice, you will be able to speak normally. You may experience a slight amount of discomfort and irritation at first, which often can be relieved by professional adjustment of the denture.
Maintaining Your Appliance
Wearing dentures will require routine checkups and maintenance at our office. We may need to reline your appliance from time to time if it becomes loose. After several years of wear, it is recommended that you have a new denture made. Your oral appliance will experience wear and tear from daily use and may not break down food as effectively as it first did when it as new. Special care should be used to the dentures daily to keep them from staining and picking up odors. Never use hot water to rinse and this could warp the denture. It is important to clean your dentures on all surfaces just like you do with your teeth, gums, tongue, and palate. In addition, they should be stored in a case with water so they don’t dry out and become brittle.