Wanting to replace missing or damaged teeth? Dentures are an option in helping you get that confident smile back. Read below to learn more regarding how dentures can help create a radiant smile.

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Whether due to issues such as dental decay, gum disease, or as a result of an injury which causes irreparable damage to one or more teeth, many Americans require dentures to improve their smile and help with chewing and speech.

When you visit Carolina Oaks Dental Care, your dental office in Anderson, SC, you will have the chance to meet with a qualified dentist who can help you choose the right kind of dentures. We want to help you feel confident in your smile, which can dramatically improve your quality of life.

What are Dentures?

A denture is a removable dental prosthesis that serves as a replacement for any missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue. Dentures are available in two varieties: partial dentures, which only replace a specific portion of missing teeth, and complete dentures, which replace all of the teeth inside a patient’s mouth.

Humans have been creating dentures for as long as we’ve been experiencing issues with our teeth, and some of the earliest pairs of dentures date back to 700 BC when they were made from scavenged animal teeth.

Modern-day dentures are significantly more sophisticated and are made of an acrylic resin which is modeled to resemble the gums and teeth. The shape assists the patient with everyday tasks such as chewing and speaking.

When are Dentures Needed?

Dr. Layne will be able to provide you with clear insight into whether or not dentures are the right choice for you and your oral health needs. Below are a few common reasons why some of our patients require dentures:

  • Improving a patient’s smile
  • Enhancing everyday functions like biting, chewing, digestion, and speech
  • Replacing several missing teeth in a dental arch

Getting Dentures: What You Can Expect

The process of getting dentures usually lasts over several visits because it will take time to reproduce accurate molds of your gums, teeth, and jaw to create the perfect pair of dentures to fit your mouth.

Your appointments will usually be broken down as follows:

  • Your first few appointments. The first few appointments with your dentist will involve making several “impressions” or molds of your mouth. During these visits, your dentist will refine and shape the molds, so that they are as accurate as possible. They will also make sure that the molds are the right color and size to match your gums and jaw.
  • Your final appointment. During your final appointment, any remaining adjustments will be made, and the final version of your dentures will be delivered.
  • Follow up appointments. Follow-up appointments may be necessary so that minor adjustments can be made to improve and ensure long-term comfort.