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What are Dentures? What You Need to Know

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Smile Stop Dentures & Implants explains, "What are Dentures?"

Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are an effective and affordable option for restoring a natural-looking smile and improving oral function. Many adults today have used this option to regain a confident smile.

What are the Different Types:

There are two main types: full and partial. Full dentures replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are typically made of acrylic resin or plastic and are designed to fit snugly over the gums. They are held in place by suction or by using a dental adhesive. Try several types to find what works best for you. Ask your dentist for recommendations.

Full dentures can be immediate or conventional. Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth immediately after the teeth are extracted, while conventional dentures are not placed in the mouth until the gums have healed, which can take several months.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are typically made of a combination of metal and acrylic resin. They are held in place by clasps that attach to the remaining teeth. Partial dentures can be used to replace a few missing teeth or to support a dental bridge.

Dispelling Common Myths:

There are many myths that can deter people from considering them as an option for replacing missing teeth. Here are some of the most common myths and the truth behind them:

Myth: They are only for old people.

Fact: They can be used by people of all ages. In fact, you probably know more people with them than you realize. Many stars have implants or veneers to improve their smile.

Myth: They are uncomfortable and difficult to wear.

Fact: They should be comfortable to wear. If you are experiencing discomfort, talk to your dentist. Technology has improvedthrough the years which means you should be able to find a comfortable fit.

Myth: They will make me look older.

Fact: They can actually make you look younger by filling out your facial features. A smile brings a look of confidence and a more youthful look.

Myth: They will make it difficult to eat and speak.

Fact: With practice, most people can eat and speak normally. Practice with softer foods and ask your dentist for recommendations on getting used to your new teeth. Do an online search for ideas from others.

Myth: They are expensive.

Fact: They are an affordable option for replacing missing teeth. Ask about a payment plan.

Reasons Dentures Are a Good Option

There are many reasons why dentures are a good option for replacing missing teeth:

Improved Appearance: They can restore a natural-looking smile and improve your overall appearance. Missing teeth can also pose a problem for oral hygeine. When you are battling these issues, it makes it uncomfortable to smile around others.

Increased Self-Confidence: They can boost your self-confidence by allowing you to smile and laugh without feeling self-conscious about your missing teeth. You are worth the investment in yourself to get your smile back.

Better Chewing and Speaking Ability: They can improve your ability to chew and speak, making it easier to enjoy your favorite foods and conversations. Don't miss out on precious moments with your friends and family any longer.

Reduced Risk of Gum Disease and Bone Loss: They can help to protect your gums from disease and prevent bone loss in the jaw.

If you are considering dentures, talk to your dentist to discuss your options and get personalized advice.

Smile Stop Dentures & Implants

At Smile Stop Dentures & Implants, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality dentures and dental care. We offer a variety of options to meet your individual needs and budget. We also offer a variety of financing options to make your experience an affordable one.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more.


Call today for a free consultation!

918-446-0128 (Tulsa)

918-331-2221 (Bartlesville)


Wes Thompson, DDS

5676 W Skelly Drive, Suite A Tulsa, OK. 74107 (918) 446-0128


John Lard, DDS

1820 SE Washington Blvd Bartlesville, OK 74006

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