Posts for: January, 2017

By Dr. James Pechloff
January 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The advantage of wearing dentures cannot be overstated. Not only do they enhance your smile, but they make eating easier and talking denturesmore natural. The restored structure inside the mouth also helps to "prop up" the facial muscles that can sag in the absence of teeth. Dr. James Pechloff, your dentist in Wauwatosa, WI, offers two main types of dentures: partial and complete. If you've been thinking about dentures, but aren't sure which type you need, this article may help you.

Partial

If you're missing a few of your natural teeth but the rest are otherwise healthy, your Wauwatosa dentist might suggest partial dentures. These appliances consist of one or more porcelain teeth attached to an acrylic base that resembles the gums surrounding it. Partials, as they're often called, are held in place with curved metal clasps that attach to the teeth nearby. They are removed for cleaning and at night.

Complete

Complete dentures are the traditional "false teeth" that most people are familiar with, although great strides have been made to make them more comfortable and natural-looking. They are designed for people who either have no remaining natural teeth or need their teeth extracted due to health concerns. Complete dentures are crafted in a laboratory from measurements taken by your Wauwatosa dentist and fit over the upper and lower gum ridges through the use of adhesive paste and/or natural suction. Like partials, complete dentures need to be removed during sleep and for cleaning after meals.

It takes some time to get used to wearing dentures; the muscles and tissues in and around your mouth need to adjust to the new appliance. Your Wauwatosa, WI dentist, Dr. Pechloff, will thoroughly explain the process for wearing, cleaning and storing your dentures. For any further questions, or to make an appointment, contact our office at (414) 475-5505 today!