Honolulu, HI Dentures
Whether all or some of your teeth are missing, dentures replenish the look and function of your smile. Eugene M. Azuma, DDS, may recommend these dental appliances as a conservative and versatile replacement for absent teeth. These removable prosthetics bolster overall facial structure and provide the appearance of a full set of teeth.
What are the Benefits of Dentures?
Patients with missing teeth enjoy the many benefits provided by full and partial dentures. Occupying the empty spaces in your smile, dentures mimic natural teeth and gum tissue using life-like materials. Dentures are a cost-effective approach to teeth replacement and getting dentures does not require invasive or complex procedures.
When several teeth are absent from an otherwise complete smile, Dr. Azuma may suggest partial dentures. These prosthetics keep remaining natural teeth from shifting into vacant spaces, preserving dental balance. Partial dentures can be fabricated with varying components and materials to securely attach to your smile and look as natural as possible.
There are two types of dentures that replace an entire arch of teeth: conventional and immediate. Prior to receiving either, remaining teeth and the health of soft tissue are evaluated to ensure a give a secure fit.
Conventional full dentures are created and placed after the patient’s gum tissue has adequately recovered from pre-treatment, which includes extraction of failing teeth. By contrast, immediate dentures are fabricated in advance so they can be placed at the preparation appointment. With this approach, patients enjoy a full smile during the healing process, but should follow-up with Eugene M. Azuma, DDS, once gums have healed, as dentures may require adjustment.
The Denture Treatment Process
In order to create custom dentures, impressions are taken first. These provide highly accurate measurements of your smile. Dr. Azuma works with a dental laboratory to ensure prosthetics are the proper shape and color. During a follow-up appointment, your dentures are adjusted and placed precisely to ensure a comfortable fit.
Your muscles and gum tissue will need to adjust to your new dentures. During this period, it is normal to experience increased saliva flow and sensitivity. It may also take time before speaking and chewing with your dentures feels natural.
After the procedure, patients receive care instructions that maximize the longevity of their new dental appliances and oral health through proper home care habits.
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