Dreading the Thought of Getting Dentures? The Chapel Hill General Dentist Explains How Today’s Dentures Might Change Your Mind

by Dr. Diane Hourigan | Date Published: 2018-10-01

Along with many other advances in modern dentistry, the design and materials used in dentures has improved significantly. The beauty of dentures today is that they are designed to be comfortable and functional. They are very similar in appearance to natural teeth and can improve your smile and facial appearance.

What are dentures?

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and can even enhance your smile.

Very detailed impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create dentures that are custom-fit to your mouth. The Chapel Hill general dentist crafts your dentures using a softer, flexible polymer rather than traditional rigid metal. Your dentures will be gently custom-fit to your mouth, ensuring that they fit comfortably and securely, enabling you to speak and eat with ease.

How are dentures made?

Patients have many options of materials to choose from that can affect the aesthetic results as well as the comfort level afforded the wearer. Today’s polymer dentures are more flexible so they are naturally more comfortable as well as being more natural-looking than plastic dentures.

For example, plastic dentures are very rigid resulting in soreness of the gums and cheek tissue. In addition to being rigid and uncomfortable, plastic dentures are also less durable. Polymer dentures crafted by the Chapel Hill general dentist may be somewhat more expensive, but most people do not mind paying the extra cost to gain the advantages of polymer dentures.

How long will my dentures last?

Today’s polymer dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years. However, as with any dental appliance they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted at some point in the future due to normal wear.

Please contact our office to arrange a dentures consultation with our dentures dentist Dr. Diane Hourigan.