Removable Prosthodontics in Southern Pines, NC

Dentist and hygienist working together on a patient’s mouth

What is Removable Prosthodontics?

Removable prosthodontics is the area of dentistry in which removable tooth restorations are created. When you’re faced with tooth loss, removable prostheses can make it easier for you to eat and smile. They’re made to look like natural teeth, so they won’t look out of place.

Tooth restoration options that are removable are great for patients who don’t have enough bone density in their jaws for dental implants and don’t want to undergo a supplemental procedure.

Types of Removable Prostheses:

  • Dentures

    Dentures can replace an entire arch of your teeth. Though there are also implant-supported dentures, fully removable dentures are common. Removable dentures are often secured by using dental adhesive paste you can buy.

  • Partial Dentures

    Like full dentures, partial dentures are fully removable. But this type only replaces a couple of teeth, so if you have adjacent missing teeth, they can fill the gap. Partial dentures can be used instead of a dental bridge so you don’t have to have any work done on your other teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long after tooth extractions can I get dentures?

After a tooth extraction, you’ll want to wait six to eight weeks to be fitted for dentures. This allows time for the swelling to diminish and you’ll get a better fit on your dentures. Our staff will assess how you’re healing at your follow-up appointment and this will determine how long you’ll have to wait.

What is the process of getting dentures?

Prior to getting dentures, we’ll perform any tooth extractions if necessary. After the healing is complete, we’ll fit you for your restoration by taking an impression of your upper or lower arch. You’ll decide on the shade, shape, and size of your new smile. Then, we’ll craft your customized dentures onsight with our in-office laboratory.

You’ll try them on and provide any feedback if changes need to be made. Otherwise, we’ll set your dentures in acrylic and we’ll make any last adjustments at our office. If you develop any sores, it’s important to schedule an appointment by calling our office at (910) 692-4051. We may need to adjust the fit of your dentures.

Can you sleep with dentures?

We recommend that you remove your dentures at night prior to going to bed and soak them in water or a solution while you sleep. Sleeping without dentures gives your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. Wearing dentures at night can double the risk of pneumonia in elderly patients.

Are dentures or dental implants better?

While they both are solutions to replacing missing teeth, the process and longevity differ. Dentures are a more affordable solution. Within a few visits, you can have any number of teeth replaced. There’s virtually no recovery time or procedure necessary.

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. They look and feel like your natural teeth. Best of all, they can last a lifetime. Dental implants are surgically affixed to your jaw, therefore there is a period of recovery following the procedure.

If your smile is missing teeth, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists by calling (910) 692-4051. During the consultation, we’ll review your oral health and provide you with information about the different procedures so you can make the decision that best fits your lifestyle.

Restore Your Smile

Removable prosthetics can provide restoration options that get you back on your feet. You’ll be able to eat and speak properly again, as well as not worrying about smiling with missing teeth.

To learn more, call our office by dialing 910-692-4051 or contact us by leaving your information in our online contact form. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and to help you decide which option is best for you.