Dentures replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They’re removable and can replace just one tooth, a few teeth, or all of your teeth. Find out if dentures are the right way to correct your smile by contacting Dr. Gregory DiRenzo or Dr. Nicholas Bett at DiRenzo Family Dentistry. If you live in Purcellville, Virginia, you can benefit from their expert, customized care. Call the office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.
Dr. DiRenzo and Dr. Bett recommend complete dentures when you’ve lost all of your teeth. They’re custom-created to resemble natural teeth and fit into your bite. You may need several appointments to cast the dentures and get just the right fit for your jaw and mouth.
Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of a replacement tooth attached to a gum-colored plastic base that fits into your mouth. Partial dentures are usually appropriate when you still have some natural teeth.
After you’ve lost your teeth, or they’ve been removed, you need to wait eight to 12 weeks before you can accept conventional dentures. In the meantime, you’re fitted with immediate dentures, so you have teeth during the healing time.
These immediate dentures may need several adjustments as your gums and bones shrink and change during healing. It’s because of these changes that you wait to be fitted for the conventional dentures that are a more permanent solution to your tooth loss.
Dr. DiRenzo or Dr. Bett make several impressions of your jaw and take note of how your upper and lower jaws fit together. They fit you with wax or plastic forms to try before sending the forms for final casting. Once the completed dentures come in, they make adjustments as necessary to perfect the fit.
Dentures do require an adjustment period. Over time, your cheek and tongue muscles become adept at keeping them in place, but for the first several weeks, they may feel loose or odd. Some soreness, irritation, and increased saliva flow may also occur in the first few weeks of wearing dentures.
Eating with dentures may require some practice and may even be unpleasant at first. Stick to soft foods and cut them into small pieces to help you as you adjust. You should avoid hard or especially hot foods.
The doctors at DiRenzo Family Dentistry do their best to make your dentures resemble your natural teeth. You may have a small change in appearance or a more filled-out smile, but in general, dentures should be an improvement.