Are You in Need of Dentures?

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures are a dental procedure used to replace missing teeth. They are a removable appliance that is made of a strong material that is denturesdurable. Dentures help to improve speech, chewing and provide support for facial muscles. It also improves the appearance of a smile. Your dentist in Milford, Connecticut Dr. Bruce Schechter can evaluate patients to determine whether or not dentures are a viable treatment method.

About Dentures

Complete or full dentures are made when all of the natural teeth are missing. A full denture is worn on both the upper and lower jaw. These conventional or immediate dentures are custom made to each patient’s mouth. They are inserted immediately after the removal of any remaining teeth. Your Milford, Connecticut dentist will take models of the jaws during the preliminary visit.

The benefit of immediate dentures is that the patient doesn’t have to be without teeth during the healing period. Bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the six-month period of healing. When the gums shrink, immediate dentures require relining in order for them to fit properly. Healing can take up to 8 weeks. An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over the remaining natural teeth. These partial dentures are a great solution when several teeth are missing in the mouth.

An impression is made of the patient's jaw with a wax base that is carved out to create the finished denture. A wax try-in is done at the dental office so adjustments can be made before the actual dentures are made. This is important in order to obtain the proper fit and bite. To learn more about dentures from your Milford, Connecticut dentist Dr. Schechter, call 203-878-1787 today.