What are dentures?
What are the different types of dentures?
What is the process of getting dentures?
How do I care for my dentures?
Dentures, or false teeth, are custom-tailored dental restorations used to replace some or all of your permanent teeth. They're made of nylon, acrylic, and plastic and rest snugly on top of your gums.
Dentures present numerous benefits. In addition to restoring your smile, they make it easier to eat and speak. They also restore structure to your mouth and jaw, preventing your cheeks, lips, and surrounding skin from wrinkling and sagging.
Nashville Smile Creations offers several different types of dentures, including:
If you're missing only a few permanent teeth, consider partial dentures. Partial dentures feature several artificial teeth attached to a metal framework. The framework fits snugly around your remaining permanent teeth, preventing the dentures from slipping.
Consider complete dentures if you're missing all of the permanent teeth on your lower or upper arch. Full dentures have a metal base plate, pink prosthetic gums, and an entire row of artificial teeth. They are held in place with a denture adhesive or glue.
If you don't want to remove your dentures, consider implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures snap on top of dental implants — small titanium anchors placed in your jaw.
Implant-supported dentures mimic the color and appearance of your natural, permanent teeth. They don't require adhesives and are easy to care for.
Getting dentures begins with an in-office consultation at Nashville Smile Creations. During the appointment, your provider conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes a series of oral X-rays.
Afterward, the Nashville Smile Creations team takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental laboratory that manufactures your custom dentures. You return to our office a week or two later to try them on.
If you want to keep your dentures in optimal condition, it's important to brush them like you would your natural teeth. If you have partial or complete dentures, take them out at night and soak them in a denture cleaning solution.