More than 41 million Americans who are missing some or all of their permanent teeth wear dentures. These custom-designed oral prosthetics can restore your smile, making it possible to bite, chew, and speak confidently. At Nashville Smile Creations, Janet Clodfelter, DDS, and the team offer dentures to preserve smiles and prevent further oral health problems. To schedule an appointment at the Nashville, Tennessee, practice, book online or call the office today.
Dentures, or false teeth, are custom-tailored dental restorations used to replace some or all of your permanent teeth. They’re made of materials like 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.
If you’re missing all of the permanent teeth on your lower or upper arch, consider complete dentures. Complete 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. A week or two later, you return to the office 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, it’s important to take them out at night and soak them in a denture cleaning solution.
To see if you’re a good candidate for dentures, schedule an appointment at Nashville Smile Creations. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a caring team member today.