Patient Before And After
Full Mouth Extractions And Immediate Denture (Teeth In One Day).
Your friends and family can sense there’s something wrong, because you rarely smile, and you haven’t accepted a dinner invitation in months. Are you depressed? Toothaches, chronic bad breath, missing teeth – they’re embarrassing, even frustrating. It doesn’t matter how you came to this state, what’s important is that you find a way out as soon as possible. If you don’t, your physical health and mental outlook could take a serious turn for the worst.
Isn’t it time you get your life back?
Whether your mouth has fallen into a state of poor health, you’re missing multiple teeth, or your current dentures are uncomfortable, the doctors at River Birch Dental want to help you reclaim a healthy mouth. With new, custom-fitted dentures, you can also regain self-confidence, quality of life, and the ability to eat a meal comfortably, without worry and pain. Your diet and overall health can even improve. Our dental office in Centuria, WI is accepting denture consultations for new patients now, so give us a call at (715) 646-2161 today.
Three Categories of Dentures
Over 36-million Americans have no teeth, while 120 million are missing one or more teeth1. Somewhere in between these figures fall the mass of people who would enjoy a better life with dentures.
Dentures are a prosthetic, meaning they replace a lost body part—namely, teeth. To begin your understanding of dentures, you need to know the three main categories:
- Partial Dentures – replace one or more missing teeth on the upper or lower arch, or both, and are attached to natural teeth with clips
- Full Dentures – replace all teeth on the upper or lower arch, or both, and stay in place with suction (upper arch only) or adhesive
- Implant-Retained Dentures – replace all teeth on the upper or lower arch, or both, and are secured to small, screw-like, biocompatible posts anchored in the jaw; minor surgery required
A Life-Enhancing Decision
In short, by choosing to wear dentures, your life will improve–in quality and possibly in longevity. Studies show that edentulous patients (those with no teeth) do not live as long as people with teeth2.
You now know that dentures come with a factual, scientific backing, but what about solving the struggles you face every day? What about your life? Why are you considering dentures?
Do any of these situations sound familiar?
Every time you open your mouth, others notice that you’re missing teeth. You also have bad breath and unsightly dental work. When you speak, there’s an obvious oddness about your speech and enunciation. You know that people notice, and you’re embarrassed. You don’t feel like part of the group; you don’t want to go out on the weekends, because you dread the looks you’ll have to endure. It’s better to avoid the embarrassment and just stay home. After all, pets don’t judge, and they’re great company.
Because most people base their opinions on appearance, not only are you embarrassed, but you’re starting to feel depressed. Others don’t view you as an equal at work and socially. You stay in, and you’re becoming anti-social. This isn’t like you. It makes you sad.
As your oral health has declined, so has your overall health. You’re visiting the doctor more, and he’s told you that issues from long-term, poor oral health could contribute to your recurring illnesses. You also miss eating healthy foods. Chewing carrots is painful, and granola is out of the question. Maybe you need to take more vitamins.
Frustrated about pain
Mouth pain, jaw pain, headaches, and other nagging symptoms related to bad oral health and missing teeth were irritating, but now they’re keeping you up at night. Lack of sleep comes with another set of problems. Life is starting to feel completely out of your control.
Studies said it was true, but now you know firsthand. An unattractive smile can lead to getting passed over for jobs3. You’re feeling older – and looking older. Is your jaw actually starting to change shape? Your profile looks different…
These feelings and scenarios are common to tens of thousands of Americans, and hundreds of thousands of people globally. By reading this article, you are already taking steps to learn about dentures, so you’re on the right track to finding a lifelong solution to your worsening situation. In a matter of only a few weeks, you could have a full set of dentures and be on the road to re-establishing the “real” you—the confident, healthier, more social you!
Feel Great About Your Choice
Our dentists will give you all the information you need to make a wise decision about the type of dentures that will serve your case and lifestyle best. At your consultation, we’ll take a series of x-rays and discuss your health history, medications, dental history, and concerns. The doctor will answer all your questions, as well. You’ll leave the visit understanding the next steps in your treatment plan, based on what you and the doctor decided.
Don’t allow the expense of dentures to keep you from the dentures you deserve. Remember that your quality of life and overall health depend upon having a healthy mouth and fully functional set of teeth! We will file your dental insurance and work diligently to make your out-of-pocket expense as low as possible. For uninsured patients and those with a high out-of-pocket expense, we often suggest CareCredit, a respected third-party financial firm that offers low- and no-interest loans to qualified patients.
Truly Living with Dentures
From your first day with dentures, you’ll notice improvements in your life, starting with your appearance. One look in the mirror, and you’ll fall in love with your new smile: white, full, and sensational! Over the next few weeks, you will become accustomed to wearing dentures, as you learn how they feel when chewing food and pronouncing words. Dentures are a prosthetic, so it can take a little time to get used to using them. Once your dentures feel like part of your body, you will enjoy all their benefits, from improved self-confidence, to a younger-looking image, to comfortable chewing, to feeling healthier overall!
Frequently Asked Questions
After a tooth extraction, you’ll want to wait six to eight weeks to be fitted for dentures. This allows time for the swelling to diminish and you’ll get a better fit on your dentures. Our staff will assess how you’re healing at your follow-up appointment and this will determine how long you’ll have to wait.
Prior to getting dentures, we’ll perform any tooth extractions if necessary. After the healing is complete, we’ll fit you for your restoration by taking an impression of your upper or lower arch. You’ll decide on the shade, shape, and size of your new smile. We’ll send the information to a lab to create a plastic mockup of your new dentures.
Once we receive the mockup, you’ll try them on and provide any feedback if changes need to be made. Otherwise, the lab will set your dentures in acrylic and we’ll make any last adjustments at our office.
If you develop any sores, it’s important to schedule an appointment by calling our office at (715) 646-2161. We may need to adjust the fit of your dentures.
We recommend that you remove your dentures at night prior to going to bed and soak them in water or a solution while you sleep. Sleeping without dentures gives your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. Wearing dentures at night can double the risk of pneumonia in elderly patients.
While they both are solutions to replacing missing teeth, the process and longevity differ.
Dentures are a more affordable solution. Within a few visits, you can have any number of teeth replaced. There’s virtually no recovery time or procedure necessary.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. They look and feel like your natural teeth. Best of all, they can last a lifetime. Dental implants are surgically affixed to your jaw, therefore there is a period of recovery following the procedure.
If your smile is missing teeth, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists by calling (715) 646-2161. During the consultation, we’ll review your oral health and provide you with information about the different procedures so you can make the decision that best fits your lifestyle.
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Forest Lake, Marine on St. Croix, Scandia, Stillwater, Rice Lake, Chisago City, St. Croix Falls, Lindstrom, North Branch, Wyoming, New Richmond, Balsam Lake, Somerset, Osceola, Dresser, Center City, Taylors Falls, Shafer, Milltown, Amery, Grantsburg, Luck, Turtle Lake, Frederic, Siren, Cushing