Do you have to refrain from indulging in delicious crisp apples due to missing teeth? Do you avoid going out or being social because you are unhappy with your smile? If you have missing teeth due to poor oral hygiene, injury, disease, or genetics, your overall quality of life can improve once you undergo dental treatment. There are a number of affordable solutions to restore the functionality of the teeth and appearance of the smile – one of which includes dentures. Available to Memphis area patients of Dr. Ettienne van Zyl, dentures can make a significant difference in the way a person looks and feels. With advanced materials available today, dentures are more comfortable and life-like than ever. To learn more about dentures, contact our Collierville, Tennessee dental practice serving Memphis today.
Procedure for Dentures
Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth, commonly referred to as “false teeth.” They are typically made of hardened acrylic resin for a natural look. Patients may need a complete or partial denture. We also offer neuromuscular dentures, which are highly customized dentures for optimal aesthetic appeal, comfort, fit, and function. These will make you look like you had a facelift.
The first, and most important, step in the process involves a consultation with Dr. van Zyl, during which time he will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and present all of your treatment options. Some patients may decide between two main types of dentures: traditional or implant-supported.
However, once you decide that dentures are the best route for achieving your oral health and aesthetic goals, Dr. van Zyl will make impressions of the upper and lower arches and take a wax bite relationship of how the upper and lower teeth will come together, ensuring the best possible fit. You will have an integral part in the selection of the color, size, shape, and overall look of your denture.
Before the final product is given to you, you will have the opportunity to evaluate the position of the teeth, the overall appearance of the dentures and make adjustments if necessary. Once your approval is given, the dentures are finalized.
During your next appointment, Dr. van Zyl will have you try in the dentures to ensure they are comfortable and to your liking. He will make any adjustments as necessary before you leave with your new, complete, beautiful smile. Dr. van Zyl will provide you with instructions for properly maintaining your dentures.
Candidates for Dentures
The best way to learn whether dentures are right for you is to meet with Dr. van Zyl for a consultation. Ideal candidates include individuals who are missing some or all of their teeth, or are about to lose their teeth. If patients have periodontal disease or any other harmful condition, it is important that it is treated prior to wearing dentures.
Tooth loss is often caused by poor hygiene habits; therefore, it is important that patients are educated on proper techniques for maintaining any existing natural teeth, as well as their new prosthetic teeth.
Benefits of Dentures
- Customized just for your smile
- Look and function just as natural teeth
- Fit comfortably
- Removable for easy maintenance
- Enhance appearance
- Provide facial support; improve concave look
- Prevent gum disease or bone loss
- Eat the foods you want
- Improve speaking ability; speak more clearly
- Improve oral health
- Enhance confidence
Risks or Side Effects of Dentures
Dr. van Zyl will discuss any potential risks or side effects prior to beginning treatment, which may include increased salivation or mild discomfort. Dentures typically take some getting used to at first and patients can experience difficulty eating and speaking. However, symptoms should subside once the patient adjusts to having the new apparatus in the mouth.
Dr. van Zyl is skilled in making sure dentures are the right fit for patients; therefore, any such side effects are greatly reduced.
Learn More about Dentures
If you are missing teeth, it is important to seek treatment right away. With advanced dental technology available today, there are various options to help restore the functionality and beauty of your smile. And Dr. van Zyl will find the right solution for you. To learn more about dentures, contact our Memphis dental practice today.