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Dentures are removeable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. In contrast to dental implants and bridges, which are more or less permanently attached to the bone or neighboring teeth, dentures are prosthetic teeth attached to a supporting structure. Dentures can be removed at night, for cleaning, or whenever desired.
Replacing missing teeth improves speaking and eating, restores confidence in your appearance, improves your smile and, in the case of a complete (full) denture, helps support the facial muscles, providing a more youthful appearance. Dentures are typically made from impressions (molds) taken of the inside of the mouth, and are made of a special type of plastic or porcelain that duplicates the shape, size and function of your natural teeth.
New denture technology has enabled your cosmetic dentist to offer exceptionally natural, esthetic teeth that avoid the "false teeth" look common to dentures in the past. Your dentist will make dentures that appear natural by taking into account your complexion, facial features and physical appearance. Computerized imaging is used to create the precise shape desired, and your dentist will show you a "smile guide" so you can pick your own personal smile as well as choose the color of your new teeth.
When you have been fitted with a new denture, there is a period of adjustment when it is especially important to visit your dentist so that he or she can make minor modifications until the denture fits comfortably. Your cosmetic dentist will provide you with complete instructions on how to care for and clean your dentures.
Some of the more common cosmetic dental procedures today: Tooth Colored Restorations, Porcelain Inlays/Onlays, Porcelain Veneers, Implants, Porcelain Crowns, Permanent Bridges, Bonding, One Hour Laser Whitening and more.
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