If you are missing teeth, dentures may be the right solution for you. Dentures have come a long way since the days of false teeth, and today’s dentures are more realistic and comfortable than ever before. Dentures can replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues, giving you the confidence to smile and eat without worry. If you are considering dentures, our dentists at East Alabama Dental Group in Opelika, AL would be happy to discuss your options with you.

Different types of dentures

Two types of dentures are available, complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed. The denture is then placed in the mouth. Complete dentures rely on suction and natural tissue to stay in place, but they can also be secured with dental implants for added stability.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain in the mouth. The denture attaches to your natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments for a secure fit. A bridge can also be a solution for you in this instance.

Caring for dentures

Dentures need to be cleaned daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleanser. Dentures should also be rinsed with water after eating to remove any food particles. Dentures should be stored in a denture cleanser solution or water when they are not being worn.

Are dentures covered by insurance?

It really depends on your insurance, but in most cases, it can be covered at least partially. You may need to contact your dental insurance provider. If you have questions about coverage, our staff may be able to help you.

How are dentures made?

The denture process usually takes a few weeks. During your first visit, impressions and measurements will be taken of your mouth. These impressions will be used to create a model of your teeth.

At your second appointment, you will try on the denture to make sure it fits well and looks natural. 

Once the denture is finalized, you will be able to take it home and start enjoying your new smile!

Eating with dentures

You may find that eating with dentures takes a little getting used to. Start with soft foods and cut your food into small pieces. Avoid sticky or hard foods, as they can be difficult to chew. As you get used to dentures, you will be able to eat more of the foods you love!

If you are missing teeth and considering dentures, contact East Alabama Dental Group in Opelika, AL to schedule a consultation. Our dentists will be happy to discuss your options and help you find the best solution for your needs.

If you have questions about dentures or would like to schedule an appointment, please call East Alabama Dental Group at (334) 749-5014. We look forward to helping you improve your quality of life with dentures in Opelika, AL.