Missing teeth can be inconvenient and embarrassing. They not only make it difficult to chew, but can also leave you feel self-conscious about your smile.
If you’re looking to restore your smile by filling in the gaps left by missing teeth, dentures may be the perfect option.
Learn more about the restorative benefits of dentures at Nordhus Dentistry in Wichita, KS...
Top Benefits of Dentures
Dentures restore your appearance by giving you back a full set of teeth. The prosthetic looks natural and beautiful so you can have confidence in your smile again.
Restores Eating Capacity
Missing teeth greatly affects your chewing ability. With dentures, you can eat all the foods you love.
Improves Speaking Ability
Teeth play an important role in speaking. Without them, you may lisp or slur. A full set of teeth will restore your ability to speak clearly.
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What are Dentures?
Dentures are custom-made prosthetics that are used to replace missing teeth. They are available as full, implant-supported, and partial dentures and can replace all or just some teeth. Before your custom dental appliance is made, an impression is made of your mouth so that the prosthetic will fit over your gums perfectly.
A denture fitting generally takes two visits – one for our dentist to take impressions and one for the final fitting. If you are considering implant-supported dentures, however, the timeline is typically longer. Our doctor may first need to perform an extraction and remove any teeth that are interfering with placement.Then, implants must be inserted into the jaw, then allowed to heal and fuse with the surrounding bone. Only then can the final restoration be placed.
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Types of Dentures
Full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing on the upper or lower jaw. They are molded to fit the gum and bone ridges in the mouth so that you can be sure they will stay in place.
Partial dentures are recommended when patients still have some teeth still remaining. The prosthetic is held in place with wires or clasps that attach to the natural teeth in the mouth.
Conventional dentures don’t always stay in place reliably. Implants can be inserted into the jawbone to provide support to the prosthetic in the mouth.
All-on-4® Dental Implants
All-on-4 implants are an alternative prosthetic option for replacing a full line of teeth which minimize the number of implants you need to anchor a full denture. We bring in a specialist for advanced all-on-4 cases.
Your new prosthetic will take some time to get used to. If you’re getting traditional full dentures, they may feel loose for a while as the muscles in your mouth adjust to holding them in place. You may also experience soreness, but this will fade with time.
After your new dental appliance been placed, you will need to return to our office for follow-up appointments so that the fit can be checked. Our dentist Dr. Nordhus can address any concerns at those appointments.
Maintaining Your New Oral Appliance
You’ll need to keep a good oral hygiene routine to maintain your new dental appliance – even if you have full dentures. This is essential not only for keeping your mouth healthy, but also for keeping your dental appliance clean and free of stains. You should:
- Brush your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth before inserting the prosthetic
- Rinse your dentures after eating to remove loose food and debris
- Next, brush the oral appliance with a soft-bristled brush to remove remaining food particles
- Place your dentures in a safe place, covered with water when you’re not wearing them
The Dangers of Not Getting Treatment
Dentures are an important investment not only for your current appearance and ability to eat, but also for your future oral health. These oral appliances can protect your gums and any teeth that are remaining. Filling in tooth gaps also prevents existing teeth from shifting. They also allow you to eat all the nutritional food your body needs.
You’ll be much healthier and happier when you get fitted with your new custom prosthetic.
Why Come to Nordhus Dentistry for Treatment
The staff at Nordhus Dentistry is dedicated and patient-focused. Our team takes great strides to make sure that your visit is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We build extra time into the schedule for each appointment so that patients feel calm and unhurried while at our dental practice. At Nordhus Dentistry in Wichita, we offer multiple sedation options to help patients feel comfortable during treatment, including oral sedatives, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.
We work with every patient at their own pace. Our goal is to provide you with a relaxed experience and a set of dentures that look just like natural teeth.
At our Wichita office, we offer a few alternatives for replacing a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. When you visit our office, we’ll discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with you and help you decide on which is the best fit.
Alternative 1: Implants
Dental implants fuse to the jaw and keep the jawbone healthy while also restoring the appearance and chewing ability of your natural teeth.
Alternative 2: Bridges
For cases where there are fewer teeth missing, dental bridges may be a good option. To receive a dental bridge, you must have healthy teeth on either side of the gap that you’re filling.
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