dentures_cottage_groveWhat do you do when you’ve lost several teeth? Suffer? No. You get dentures. They’ll help make you look more attractive, as well as help you speak more clearly and be able to bite and chew food properly.

Thanks to advances in technology, now is a good time to get new dentures and/or have your current dentures repaired.

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues in your mouth. When you’re wondering where to go for dentures in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Dresen Restorative Dentistry is the place. Dr. Tom Dresen and staff take good care of people’s denture needs at their new, state-of-the-art clinic in Cottage Grove.

Generally, there are two types of dentures—complete, which replace all your teeth, or partial dentures, which are used when some of your natural teeth are still in good condition.

As you’d imagine, partials are more popular than complete dentures. Partials consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base. They’re held in place in the mouth thanks to metal framework. Think of partials as the missing puzzle piece if your mouth was a puzzle and teeth were its pieces.

Dentures these days are hardly noticeable, which is a good thing—they blend in well so people hardly notice you’re wearing them. Also, if you have dental insurance, dentures are typically covered, so you might as well ask your insurance company if they’ll pay some or all of the cost.

To have your dentures made, a dentist will make impressions of your jaw, take some measurements, and create a model of the denture to be made. The model then gets adjusted for color, shape and fit, and eventually you’ll receive your final denture at a later date. Slight adjustments can be made if necessary.

People with dentures take a little while to get used to them, but grow accustomed to them a couple weeks after their initial use. Most people wear their dentures during the daytime, and take them out at nighttime when they go to sleep.

Whether you think you may need new dentures, or have an old set that could use same-day repairs, in Cottage Grove, dentures are a specialty at Dresen Restorative Dentistry. Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Tom and staff at 651-735-1585 and ask for a consultation.