- April 4, 2016
Losing your teeth isn’t like losing your keys.
Sure, you can get a new set of keys, but you probably don’t have an emotional connection to your original keys.
When you lose your teeth, you lose your smile. You lose something that is a part of who you are rather than just something that you own.
You can’t regrow your teeth, but you can restore your smile with a set of dentures from Historic Triangle Dental Care in Williamsburg, VA.
You deserve dentures that look and feel as much like natural teeth as they can, and that is why we offer digital dentures in our practice.
What Are Digital Dentures?
Let’s start from the beginning, if you have lost one or both arches of your teeth, then you will want to replace them in some way.
From a psychological standpoint, you will want to “show your teeth” when someone asks you to smile for a picture. From a physical standpoint, you will want something that can help you chew your food.
Dentures are a frame to hold a set of artificial teeth in your mouth. So what are digital dentures? Well, digital dentures use the latest, most modern approaches to create dentures that are more comfortable and more functional than traditional dentures.
The process for getting a set of our digital dentures is simple. After we make an impression, this information is scanned into a special computer.
This allows us to carefully plan your dentures so they will be custom-fitted for your mouth. Using a three-dimensional printer, we are able to create some of the most realistic dentures you’ve ever seen.
The “gums” of your dentures look more like natural gums, and the teeth look like real teeth.
But the thing you may appreciate the most is how your digital dentures fit inside your mouth.
If you’ve worn dentures that fit poorly or you know someone with this problem, then you know they can be uncomfortable. They also increase your chances of infections and irritation in your mouth.
Our digital dentures have received rave reviews from our patients so far. They are less likely to need adjustments and more likely to feel like they fit in the “Goldilocks” zone — just right for your mouth.
One of the other benefits of digital dentures is the quick turnaround on getting them for you.
After your first visit, we will send the information to the lab that will design your dentures.
On your next visit, we will have a temporary set of dentures ready for you to try. Wearing these will aid in designing your final dentures to fit as well as possible.
The next time you see us, your digital dentures should be ready. We will have you try them in our office to verify their fit, and you will be ready to go on with your day and your life.
You’ll be able to smile confidently and speak comfortably with your custom-designed dentures.
What About Dental Implants?
You may have heard about implant-retained or implant-supported dentures. This is an option we do offer for our patients.
If this is something you are interested in getting, we gladly will examine your mouth and your bone structure to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Implants can make your digital dentures more effective and more stable.
Dental implants are placed directly in your jawbone. Implants replace the roots of your missing teeth, and like your roots, they will encourage your bone to remain healthy and strong.
Through this process, your jawbone will bond directly to the implants, which will provide a solid and secure foundation to support your digital dentures. As a result, you will see a significant improvement in your bite force compared to standard dentures.
With time, many patients with dental implants find that they are able to eat almost as well as they could when they had all of their teeth.
Digital dentures will allow you to eat many things, but dentures with implants are as close as you can get to having your natural teeth again.
On the downside, getting dental implants is a more invasive procedure than getting dentures alone.
If you have questions about dentures or implants, we can provide the information you need to make the right decision for you.
You deserve the best care and the best service that modern dentistry has to offer. Our digital dentures are just one example of how we are providing that for our patients at Historic Triangle Dental Care in Williamsburg, VA.