Are Dentures Right For Me?
Full arch dentures are typically recommended for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth, or are at risk of losing them. Your candidacy for full arch dentures depends on your oral health and the cause of your tooth loss. The best way to determine if this option is right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We will assess your teeth and gums thoroughly, offer honest advice and guidance, and explain each of your restorative options, including full arch dentures.
The Treatment Process for Full Arch Dentures
The first step in treatment is to prepare your mouth for full arch dentures, and this means that any unhealthy remaining teeth must be removed. Once you heal after your extraction procedure, dental impressions and photos will be taken of your gums and our dentists will work with an outside lab to create your custom dentures. While these are manufactured, you’ll be given temporary dentures to wear in the meantime. Once we receive your permanent restoration, you’ll come in for your last appointment and we will ensure that the dentures fit perfectly in your mouth. Before you leave, we’ll discuss how to wear your dentures and care for them properly, and answer any questions you may have about your new smile.
Unless you have already lost all of the teeth in your upper, lower, or both arches, you will need to have your remaining teeth extracted before your dentures are created. Dentures fit directly over your gums and stay in place due to friction, so they are unable to fit around any remaining teeth. We understand that extracting your teeth can seem intimidating, so we help you consider all of your restorative options carefully before moving forward. We want to empower you to make the best decisions for your oral health, so we are always here with honest advice and guidance.
The Tooth Extraction Process
When you come in for an extraction, one of our dentists will begin the process by cleaning and numbing your mouth. Then, a specialized tool called a dental elevator is used to loosen the tooth in its socket. After this, the tooth is gently pulled out by its root. The area is then cleaned and disinfected again, and sutured shut. This process typically takes only about 5 minutes per tooth, and our advanced numbing agents and sedatives ensure that you feel no anxiety or discomfort throughout the entire process.