Dentures in Dayton, OH
At Gamber Family Dental of Dayton and Beavercreek OH, Dr. Alex Gamber and the rest of our staff are committed to helping you feel confident in your smile. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to smile because you’re embarrassed about missing teeth, you may be a great candidate for partial or complete dentures.
Keep reading to learn about what dentures and what to expect when getting fitted for a pair of your own.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial (but very real-looking!) teeth and gums that can replace any missing teeth. Considered a dental prosthetic, a pair of dentures can be removed from your mouth easily. Most people put in their dentures in the morning, wear them throughout the day, and remove them at night.
Dentures are custom-fit to your mouth and gums so they should fit snugly. Upper dentures tend to fit more securely than lower dentures, and some people choose to use products like specialized adhesive or clasps to help their dentures stay in place.
Dentures are typically made with a variety of materials including metal and acrylic. Two main types exist: partial or complete. Partial dentures are devices that fill in spaces left by one or a few missing teeth. Complete or full dentures replace all the teeth in a person’s upper or lower jaw.
About 36 million Americans have no teeth at all, and another 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. The loss of a tooth can occur for many reasons, including infection, cancer, malnutrition, or trauma.
Benefits of Dentures
If you have partial or complete tooth loss, wearing dentures can immediately improve the appearance of your smile and boost your self-esteem. But there are many other benefits to wearing dentures beyond improving your confidence!
For instance, dentures make it easier and safer to eat a variety of foods when you have missing teeth. This is essential for ensuring proper nutrition. Dentures can also improve your speech and your natural bite. If you have only one or a few missing teeth, dentures can prevent your remaining teeth from moving or becoming damaged.
Today’s dentures are more comfortable and functional than ever. And unlike dental implants (an advanced procedure which Dr. Gamber is certified to perform), conventional dentures are completely non-invasive and require no surgery. (Of course, some people choose to wear implant-supported dentures, which do require surgical insertion of small screws in your jaw that attach to the dentures and help them stay securely in place.)
Most dental insurance providers cover dentures in their benefit plans, making dentures an affordable and cost-effective solution to missing teeth.
What to Expect When Getting Dentures
The type of dentist who makes dentures is called a prosthodontist. To fit you for a pair of conventional dentures, a prosthodontist will take several measurements of your gums, remaining teeth, and mouth. He or she will also make an impression of your mouth. This impression serves as the mold for your dentures.
After letting you try on sample denture models and making necessary adjustments, the prosthodontist will send off your measurements so that your real dentures can be made. This usually takes a few weeks.
If you choose to use implant-supported dentures, your prosthodontist will take X-rays of your jaw to ensure you have enough bone tissue to support implanted screws. After getting these screws inserted into your jaw during an outpatient surgical procedure, you’ll heal for a few months before coming back to get fitted for the special dentures that will attach to these screws.
Our Beavercreek and Dayton dentist team always makes sure our patients feel confident in caring for their dentures. We take the time to teach you exactly how to put your dentures on, take them off, clean them, and store them. We also provide on-going dental care to maximize your overall oral health. If your dentures ever become loose-fitting or damaged, we’ll make modifications as necessary or refer you to specialists as needed.
Are you wondering if dentures would be a good fit for you? Contact Gamber Family Dental at 1.937.258.2441 to schedule an appointment today.