See how Our Dentures in Trumbull CT can Restore Your Comfortable Smile
Denture Basics: Information for First-Time Denture Wearers
When it isn't possible to save our natural teeth, there are other options to restore oral function and appearance back to your daily routine. Dr. Marmolejos provides dentures in Trumbull CT with the help of advancements in dental technology and high-quality, durable plastic used to create them. Our dentures are strong, comfortable, and more natural looking than ever before. We strive to give you the comfort and confidence you deserve to smile every single day.
Thankfully, there are a wide variety of dentures available for patients who are missing some of all of their teeth. You don't have to feel as if all is lost if you're only missing a few teeth, or that your healthy, natural teeth need to be removed so you can correct your entire smile. We want you to know the available options as you work together with Dr. Marmolejos to find out the best way to restore your smile.
We provide complete dentures, which are for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth. You can have a set of complete or full dentures on your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. These dentures are also called "conventional" or "immediate" dentures, according to when they're made and when they're given to the patient for use. For immediate dentures, Dr. Marmolejos takes measurements of the patient's jaw during a preliminary visit to provide them with a set that they're able to utilize as soon as possible. If the patient has lost all of their natural teeth, they won't have to be without teeth any longer with this option. Conventional dentures are made after any teeth have been removed and the healing period has been completed.
We also have overdentures available, which is a removable type of denture that replaces all of your missing teeth, but are also supported with attachments to one or more of your tooth roots. Your smile must be prepared for overdentures, so while this option isn't as fast (or "immediate"), preparing your roots will provide stability and support for your new smile.
If you only have some missing teeth and the rest of your natural teeth are strong and healthy enough, partial dentures may be the best choice for your smile. The base consists of the replacement teeth fitted to the correct area, which are connected by a metal framework so they're secure and stable once they're placed in the mouth. The metal clasps and framework are called precision attachments and are generally more aesthetically pleasing.
Dr. Marmolejos will go over all these options with you and thoroughly discuss which is the best choice for your smile and overall oral and dental health.
Denture Types Defined
• Conventional dentures: Replace all missing teeth in a jaw and rest on the gum tissue
• Conventional overdentures: Replace all missing teeth, rest on the gum tissue, and are also supported with attachment to one or more tooth roots
• Implant overdentures: Replace all missing teeth in a jaw and connect to surgically placed dental implants
• Conventional partial dentures: Replace some missing teeth and are held in place with clasps that wrap around adjacent teeth
• Precision and semi-precision partial dentures (also called attachment partial dentures): Replace some missing teeth and are held in place with mechanical components called attachments
Getting Your Dentures: The Process
Depending on the patient's overall oral health, the number and location of the missing teeth, and the type of dentures needed to replace those teeth, the types of treatments needed and the amount of time those specific treatments will take will vary from patient to patient. Like we mentioned, every patient's smile is unique, which is why we will treat it as such.
Here are some of the treatments that you may need when starting the process of getting your dentures in Trumbull CT:
• Impressions or molds of the contour of the mouth, used as a model for the denture
• Extractions to remove any unhealthy teeth
• Implant surgery for those receiving implant overdentures
• Adjustments to achieve the best fit and level of comfort once dentures are placed.
Patients who require tooth extractions or implant post surgery must wait several weeks, giving your mouth time to properly heal before the dentures can be placed. We want to ensure that your mouth is fully functional to the best of its ability before providing you with your new dentures. During this time, you may be able to receive temporary (or "immediate") dentures that can be placed in the mouth on the same day as your extractions are performed. These can be worn until the permanent denture is fitted. Dr. Marmolejos will review if this is a possibility for you.
What to Expect After You've Gotten Your Dentures
If you've never had dentures before, this will be quite an adjustment for you, but Dr. Marmolejos will be happy to provide as many tips and as much information necessary to help you quickly adapt. After a short amount of time, you'll be able to eat, speak, and smile without a care in the world!
When complete dentures are initially placed in the mouth, here are some experiences that may occur:
• A feeling of fullness in the mouth, face, lips, and/or cheeks, which will subside quickly as your facial structure adjusts to the feeling of a full set of teeth
• Temporary minor changes in speech sounds, which will be more apparent to you than to others. This will naturally adjust accordingly, due to your facial structure and how it'll naturally learn how it feels and works around your new set of dentures. Speaking slowly and enunciating precisely will help your tongue and facial muscles adapt faster to your dentures
• Changes in chewing patterns while getting used to the jaw movements required for chewing with dentures, which may take several weeks. In the beginning, start with small pieces of soft food to find the right rhythm before gradually increasing the food's firmness. Be sure to chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time with your back teeth and familiarize yourself with the motion
Do you have any questions? Are you ready to learn more about our available Trumbull dentures? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Marmolejos by calling (203) 261-2880 and speaking with our front desk staff to pick the best date and time for you. We can't wait to hear from you!