Most people believe that the teeth they lose in childhood, the ones that were replaced by shiny coins left by the tooth fairy, are the only teeth they will ever lose. For some individuals, this turns out to be true. Many others, however, face tooth loss during their adult years. The tooth loss can be caused by decay inside the tooth, gum disease, or even physical damage caused by an accident.
When a tooth is lost, most patients want to have it fixed, and quickly. Replacing the missing tooth is important, not only for aesthetics and appearance, but also because the teeth provide necessary support to the rest of the mouth and the face. Teeth can also impact the way a person speaks and eats. To that end, Dr. Gordon Kent of the Smile Center in Buffalo, NY, is committed to helping his patients get back their happy, healthy and functional smile. One way that Dr. Kent helps his patients in the 14225 area smile brightly again is with immediate dentures.
Immediate dentures are an excellent choice for patients who have to have several, or an entire set of teeth, replaced. Once the patient opts for full dentures, he or she is typically given the option of having dentures created prior to having the teeth extracted. To do this, the dentist will use impressions of the patient’s teeth and have the dentures fabricated to be an exact match in a dental lab. Because the dentures are made before the original teeth come out, patients can have the teeth extracted and receive their new smile in the same appointment.
Most patients find the quick turnaround to be the greatest benefit of immediate dentures. They can leave the appointment feeling confident about their appearance. However, it’s important to note that immediate dentures are not meant to be permanent. Instead they are simply a temporary solution to fill the gap and maintain a person’s confidence. A person’s permanent dentures will be of better quality and will fit better, ensuring that they don’t slip or cause the patient discomfort.
Dr. Kent and his team have been helping patients achieve their happiest and healthiest of smiles for many years. The team has earned a reputation for being a trusted and respected dental practice due to their quality of care and commitment to treating each patient as a valued member of their family. For more information about immediate, or permanent, dentures, call the Smile Center today.