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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. 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 that can help you in getting dentures 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. This is because teeth when replaced:

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

Dentures are a good replacement for missing teeth. There are many different kinds of dentures. These can either be partial or complete. Partial dentures are what you get when you are missing some teeth. Complete dentures are for you if you are missing all your teeth, however, it helps if there are some teeth left to support the dentures. The materials used in making dentures are metal and plastic. Metal dentures last longer and are consequently more expensive.

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 need dentures, implants or a bridge. To get dentures, 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. Then molds of your teeth and gums will be taken with the help of an impression material. Primary and secondary impressions of your mouth will be taken with impression trays manufactured in a laboratory. Wax blocks will be placed and shaped in your mouth to record the shape that the denture needs to be. This is so that your bite is accurately recorded so that you do not have trouble chewing food later. 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 your dentures, you must visit your dentist right after so that they can 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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