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Dentures – An Alternative to Natural Teeth

Dentures – An Alternative to Natural Teeth

Teeth are an essential part of the human anatomy. Loosing some or all teeth may lead to physical and/or psychological problems like difficulty in biting and chewing, and low self-esteem. The real secret behind self-confidence is a pearly white smile. It helps in creating a good impression on people when you first meet them and is helpful in personal as well as professional life. Unfortunately, most people do not have perfect oral aesthetics. While cleaning your teeth properly is a personal responsibility, the situation can be difficult if you have missing teeth. However, temporary or permanent dentures can fix this problem.

For people who are missing some or all of their teeth, the most logical solution is getting dentures. The DM Dental Group is one of the leading dental clinics for such procedures in Des Moines.

Tooth loss can happen for several reasons, including gum disease, tooth decay, or trauma to name a few. When some or all teeth are missing, it is best to replace them.

These are the Primary Benefits of Dentures:

  • Restore functions like biting and chewing that are essential to physical well-being
  • Can restore normal speech functions
  • Takes the pressure of the other teeth around the missing tooth or teeth
  • Makes you look good which is beneficial for quality of life

There are many different kinds of dentures. These can either be partial or complete. When you are missing just a couple of your teeth, you only require a partial solution. For people who have lost all their teeth, the dentist will need to make complete dentures. However, the denture plate is stronger if there are a few teeth for support. The materials used in making dentures are metal and plastic. Metal dentures last longer and are consequently more expensive.

How the Dentist Makes Your Dentures

The process of getting dentures will begin with an examination of your mouth so that your dentist knows what kind of tooth replacement you need. You might also need implants or a bridge. However, before any such procedures, your mouth first needs to be clear of fillings, gum disease, or broken or decayed teeth. If any of the aforementioned are found, extractions may be in order. After that, the dentist takes molds of your teeth and gums with the help of an impression material. They will likely take primary and secondary impressions of your mouth.

The procedure starts with wax blocks that take an impression of your dental structure. This ensures that you do not have trouble chewing food later, and that your bite impression is natural and strong. A trial denture will be made to check if the fit is good and if the functionality is in order. This is the time to make changes, if any are required. The final denture can now be made. After you get them, you must visit your dentist soon. This is to check if you are adjusting well with your dentures. Typically, all this takes about four visits to the dentist and the whole process can take a little over a month, from start to finish.

Call us at the DM Dental group, for a consultation or to schedule an appointment. We are one of the premiere dental clinics that can give you advice on getting dentures in Des Moines.

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