Dentures are made using impressions or molds in the mouth to help ensure the best possible fit and the most natural-looking results. The impressions are sent to a state-of-the-art lab that specializes in dentures. Once the dentures are made, they’ll be carefully adjusted to the patient’s mouth for a comfortable and secure fit.
The best way to keep dentures fitting comfortably and securely is to have routine dental checkups to have the dentures adjusted for the best possible fit. Once one or more teeth are lost, the jawbone that supported those teeth begins to atrophy or become thin. That means that over time, dentures can become loose and begin to slip and rub, causing sore spots and increasing the risk of infection. Dentures that slip when speaking or eating can also be an embarrassment. Denture adhesives can also help ensure dentures stay put, and with regular fitting appointments, only small amounts of adhesive should be necessary.
Bridges may be used in some people, depending on the number of teeth that are missing and their location in the mouth. Bridges depend on healthy neighboring teeth for proper support, and they may be permanent or affixed with adhesives. Dental implants are an increasingly popular alternative for many patients; they use medical-grade metal posts to secure artificial teeth into the jawbone. During the office visit and evaluation, patients will have a chance to learn about options to dentures so they can make the best choice for their needs.
Overdentures are dentures that are secured to dental implants. Overdentures use a special attachment system to connect to implant posts that are secured in the jawbone, which prevents the dentures from slipping while they’re being worn. Many patients also find overdentures to be more comfortable than traditional dentures.
At Dr. Spaulding Family Dentistry, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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