Missing teeth, or teeth that have been compromised by the ravages of chronic gum disease, can severely compromise the full function of your mouth. In addition to impairing your ability to effectively chew food, missing teeth can impact your appearance and affect your speech.
In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Adam Hodges, might recommend restoring the full function and appearance of your mouth by wearing dentures. You might only need to have one appliance to replace your upper or lower teeth, but most people need dentures to replace both sets of teeth.
The first step in the denture process involves extracting any remaining teeth and allowing the gums to heal. You need healthy gums so you can have a smooth and even base for your permanent dentures to fit onto.
Dentures are a removable set of artificial teeth. Each tooth is mounted into a material that mimics the appearance of your natural gum tissue. The material also serves as a secure base that holds the dentures to your existing jaw structure.
Our Family Dental Associates team might want to take a few X-rays to get a clear understanding of your underlying bone. Then, we will create an impression of your mouth, which will be used as a guide for the dental lab technician who creates your new dentures.
Many people with dentures like to use denture adhesives so the appliance doesn’t slide. The adhesive also blocks out stray food particles and keeps them from getting between the gums and the base of the dentures.
If you are interested in learning more about dentures in Greenwood, Mississippi, you should call Dr. Adam Hodges at 662-453-5536 to schedule an appointment.