Did you know that approximately 35 million Americans wear dentures? If you’re missing some or all of your teeth, dentures provide an affordable and effective way to make chewing and speaking easier. Dr. Michael Weiner and Dr. Carol Cabello regularly prescribe dentures to restore both men and women’s smiles. To make your appointment with our dentists, call the office or click the online scheduling tool today.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth. Unlike dental implants, dentures are removable. Dentures take some getting used to. However, thanks to modern manufacturing techniques and materials, dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever.
If you are missing multiple teeth and it is negatively affecting your confidence, Dr. Weiner or Dr. Cabello can help you choose the type of denture that best aligns with your lifestyle and individual needs.
Are There Different Types of Dentures?
At Howe Dental Associates, Dr. Weiner and Dr. Cabello offer two types of dentures, including:
Full, or complete, dentures feature a pink, flesh-colored base that fit snugly over your gums. The base of your upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, while your lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to make room for your tongue. Dr. Weiner or Dr. Cabello places full dentures after extracting all of your remaining teeth, a process that can take a series of months.
If you are only missing some of your teeth, Dr. Weiner or Dr. Cabello might recommend partial dentures. Partial dentures feature a metal framework that attaches to your remaining permanent teeth. Partial dentures also offer an alternative to a traditional bridge.
What Is the Process of Getting Dentures?
Getting dentures takes a series of weeks and several appointments.
At your first appointment, Dr. Weiner or Dr. Cabello performs an oral exam and determines which type of dentures are right for you. Afterward, the doctor makes a series of impressions of your jaw.
After taking impressions, Dr. Weiner or Dr. Cabello creates wax molds or plastic patterns. You try on these patterns and the doctor assesses their color, shape and fit. After completing your denture model, Dr. Weiner or Dr. Cabello sends it to a laboratory that develops your final cast.
You will return to our office about a week later, and Dr. Weiner or Dr. Cabello will place your dentures and make any necessary adjustments.
Does Wearing Dentures Hurt?
Wearing dentures is not painful, but they do take some getting used to. In the first 24-48 hours after receiving your dentures, it is perfectly normal to experience some irritation, swelling and general discomfort. Be patient and follow the doctor’s instructions. Slowly but surely, your mouth will adjust.
To learn more about the benefits of full or partial dentures in Passaic, New Jersey, make an appointment at Howe Dental Associates. Call the office at 973-365-1931 or click the online booking tool today.