To be a good candidate for dentures with Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS, you should have lost a significant amount of your teeth. However, you need to have a good amount of jawbone and healthy gum tissue. Dentures are likely not the right solution if you are only missing one or two teeth.
Depending on the extent of tooth loss, a full denture replacement or a partial denture replacement may be in order. As you have a consultation with Dr. Wendy is going to examine your missing teeth, your remaining teeth, your jawbone, and your gums with the goal of determining if you are eligible.
If you are missing all of your teeth, it is likely that we will recommend a full replacement. If you are missing just a few of your natural teeth, then we will likely recommend partial dentures. Depending on the health of your jawbone, the health of your gums, and other factors, dentures may be implanted or fused into your jawbone.
Traditional dentures can be molded to provide a comfortable and snug fit. Implanted dentures, on the other hand, are anchored into your jawbone. This means that they don’t move, and they won’t slip out of place. They are very durable and can last for the rest of your life. Traditional ones will more than likely need to be replaced at some point.
When you get dentures, especially those that are not fixed in place, it’s going to take some time for you to get adjusted to wearing them comfortably. During the first few days of wearing dentures, it’s better for you to stick to soft foods. Crunchy foods are harder to eat at first and can cause some discomfort.
You’ll need to take the time to learn how to speak properly with your new devices. This is something you should be able to grasp quickly and any discomfort with wearing dentures will soon subside.