Learn about the process of dentures treatment with Greenwood, SC dentist
Dr. Christopher Griffin of Greenwood, SC is dedicated to helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. When tooth loss occurs, it is essential that patients seek a solution as soon as possible to maintain the function, health, and appearance of their smiles. Our professionals provide treatment for patients including dentures, and walk patients through the process so they know what to expect.
What are dentures?
Dentures come in:
- Full cosmetic dentures
- Implant-supported dentures
All of these are available through the practice of Dr. Christopher Griffin for patients who are proper candidates. Partial dentures are used to replace one or more teeth and are fabricated with a metal and acrylic framework. They snap into place using the existing teeth for stabilization. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth and include acrylic teeth and gum tissue. They are held in place with natural suction or denture adhesives. The last option, implant-supported dentures, are full dentures that are held in place using dental implants. This is the ultimate solution for patients worried about their dentures stability.
What is the process of obtaining dentures?
The process starts with an evaluation. During this time, our professionals will walk patients through the various choices they have for tooth replacement. This may include dentures, bridges, and dental implants. When patients choose dentures, we start with preparations. For full dentures, this may include the removal of existing teeth. Impressions are taken and used to create the dentures in a dental laboratory. We work with trusted, quality dental laboratories and ceramists who create beautiful, precise restorations for our patients. Once the appliances are completed, patients return to the dental office to learn how to place them and to take care of them.
Dentures do take some time for patients to get used to, so we encourage patients to work with their dentist to ensure they fit properly and to start the process of adjusting to them. Patients may want to book an appointment with our practice a few weeks after dentures have been received to ensure they are using them correctly and taking care of them properly for improved longevity.
How do I care for my dentures?
Dentures that are removable should be cared for to ensure they last as long as possible. Patients can remove their dentures and soak them in a denture cleaning solution overnight while they are sleeping. When patients notice their dentures are not quite fitting properly, they are encouraged to take the time to book an appointment with our team to have them evaluated. Sometimes, dentures can be adjusted right in our office, but if too many changes are occurring to the bone of the jaw and within the smile itself, there may need to be new restorations made in a timely manner to keep patients smiling!
How long will my dentures last?
This can be difficult to determine due to the changes that can happen within the mouth over time. However, most patients can enjoy their dentures for many years when they take good care of them and maintain their dental health appointments. Patients who visit for their routine recall appointments should bring their dentures into the office with them, so we can assess any breakage that may be occurring or adjust if needed.
Learn about dentures and more with Dr. Christopher Griffin of Greenwood, SC
At the practice of Dr. Christopher Griffin, patients have options when it comes to repairing their smiles. Dentures are an affordable option for many of our patients who are faced with tooth loss, and can be a great option for those who are seeking a natural-looking option for many years to come. Contact our professional team today by calling (864) 229-2610 and visit our office for an evaluation. We are conveniently located in the Greenwood, SC area at 150 West Cambridge Avenue, and serve patients in the surrounding areas including Abbeville, Ware Shoals, Hodges, Laurens, and Waterloo. Schedule your visit today and take charge of the health, functionality, and appearance of your smile!Back to Dentures Page