If you have missing teeth, you may be tired of living with the inconvenience of not being able to eat or speak comfortably. You may even feel self-conscious about your smile. Fortunately, there are several options available for replacing missing teeth. Two methods that have been popular for many years are partials and dentures. Both of these are provided at Alan Pressman DMD in Spring Valley.
These are removable dental appliances that are custom-made to fit a patient’s jaw and resemble their natural smile. Complete dentures are used if a full line of teeth have been lost and partials are used if some of the natural teeth remain.
It usually takes several appointments to have dentures made. Your dentist at Alan Pressman DMD will take highly-accurate molds and measurements of your mouth to send to a dental laboratory where the dentures or partials will be made. Once they return from the dental lab, it may take several “try-in” appointments to make adjustments to achieve the perfect fit.
Wearing dentures usually takes some getting used to. Initially, you may experience some irritation or soreness, as well as increased saliva production as your mouth adjusts to the new appliance. However, these effects should go away fairly quickly. You may also have to practice speaking normally while wearing the dentures.