Did you know that approximately 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth? Luckily, Vivian Rose Kunstmann, DDS, and her team offer custom-made dentures at her Boca Raton, Florida, office. With dentures, patients can replace entire sets of missing top or bottom teeth to vastly improve chewing, speech, and digestion function. Dentures also enhance the appearance of missing teeth dramatically. If you’d like to learn more about dentures, set up a consultation by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.
Dentures are removable sets of prosthetic teeth used to fill gaps in your smile. They’re lined with a fleshy, acrylic gum-like base, and are horseshoe-shaped to fit snugly inside your mouth and accommodate your tongue. Sometimes, they’re referred to as overdentures, because they fit over natural teeth or dental implants.
Dr. Kunstmann provides full dentures, which are sets of prosthetic teeth that replace an entire set of missing top or bottom teeth.
Dentures are made using detailed impressions of your teeth and gums. Using these impressions, taken during your initial visit, an outside dental lab custom produces your dentures.
It typically takes about two weeks for the lab to finish making your dentures. Once they’re ready, you return to the office for a fitting to make sure your new dentures are comfortable. If you have implants, you can have your dentures attached to them, which helps limit any movement of your restoration.
At first, dentures might feel a bit awkward because your mouth isn’t used to them. This is only a temporary feeling. Within a few short weeks, your dentures will feel just like natural teeth.
Your dentures will match the look, feel, and function of natural teeth, instantly improving your overall quality of life. When you’re missing teeth, your jawbone can erode and negatively affect your profile. This is referred to as “facial drooping.” Dentures help reverse the effects of this process and improve your profile.
Dentures also improve essential functions affected by missing teeth, including chewing, and digestion. Since teeth are a crucial part of speaking, you’ll also notice that your speech will improve due to less slurring.
As long as you take excellent care of your dentures, they should last between five and eight years, if not longer. Follow the dental team’s instructions on how to care for them and keep them clean.
Don’t keep hiding your smile because of missing teeth. If you’d like to set up a consultation to learn more about dentures, call the Vivian Rose Kunstmann, DDS, office or book an appointment online today.