Physiological dentures: They’re Not Your Grandma’s Dentures!

Are you missing teeth, or do you have teeth that are decayed and need removal and replacement? You may want to consider replacing those missing teeth with neuromuscular dentures. Also known as physiological dentures, functional dentures or esthetic dentures, neuromuscular dentures are custom-made dental prosthesis designed to fit your individual mouth. The purpose of neuromuscular dentures is to restore the form and function of missing teeth.

Neuromuscular dentures are truly made to fit your body, taking into account everything from the position of your jaw to your facial composition and the movement of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Neuromuscular dentures have many different benefits. Here are just a few reasons you should consider neuromuscular dentures!

Improving Dental Function and Comfort

In addition to restoring your beautiful smile, neuromuscular dentures were developed to help wearers chew more efficiently and speak properly. Because they are custom-made to fit the wearer’s individual mouth, neuromuscular dentures work together with the natural movement of your jaw and temporomandibular joint.

This also means neuromuscular dentures are extremely comfortable, with a snug and secure fit.

Neuromuscular dentures are designed to accommodate the contours of your gums and jawbone. Because of their design, neuromuscular dentures distribute your biting force evenly across their base, reducing pressure points and eliminating the irritation that is often present with other types of dentures that may not fit as well.

The Aesthetics of Neuromuscular Dentures

Because neuromuscular dentures were created to replicate natural teeth and gums and act as a replacement for lost teeth, they help maintain the structure of the face. This means they prevent that sunken, hollowed-out look that is common with people who are missing teeth.

Neuromuscular dentures can help prevent this by protecting the natural contours of the face. They can also help to stop bone resorption and the loss of gum and bone tissue.

Finally, they create a beautiful, natural-looking smile you can be proud to show off.

The Stability of Neuromuscular Dentures

Because of their snug, customized fit, neuromuscular dentures are more stable than other types of dentures. Neuromuscular dentures are specifically designed to adapt to your oral tissues, which in turn creates a more secure fit that minimizes slippage and denture movement when you move your mouth to eat or speak. This allows for greater comfort for the wearer and better chewing efficiency.

How Do I Get Physiological Dentures?

If you’re interested in getting your own pair of physiological dentures, the steps to a beautiful smile are easier than you think. Here’s what you can expect on your physiological denture journey!

Get A Consultation

The first step in getting physiological dentures is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Garcia. During this appointment, the doctor will examine your mouth, including your gums, and discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your new dentures.

Making Impressions

The next step toward getting your physiological dentures is having impressions made. Dr. Garcia will take impressions and measurements of your mouth using dental putty or a digital scanner. This will accurately map the contours and shape of your gums and any remaining teeth you have. The doctor may also take measurements of your jaw to ensure a proper bite in your new physiological dentures.

Trial Physiological Dentures

Next, Dr. Garcia will present you with a trial pair of dentures. These are typically made of wax or plastic, and will allow you to see how your new physiological dentures will look and feel once the final product is complete. Now is the time to make adjustments if anything feels uncomfortable in your trial pair.

The Final Product

Once your mold is approved, it’s time for your finished pair of physiological dentures to be made. Dr. Garcia will send the impressions of your teeth and gums, along with the measurements he took, to have your physiological dentures fabricated. He will contact you once the dentures are ready so that you may come in and try them on.

Fitting Your New Physiological Dentures

Now it’s time for your fitting! This is where you get to try out your new set of physiological dentures, and Dr. Garcia can make any adjustments to them to ensure fit and comfort for you. He may need to adjust the size, shape or position of the denture base during this appointment.

Following Up

Once your physiological dentures are ready, you can wear them home and try them out for a bit before returning for a follow-up or series of follow-up appointments. Though they may feel perfect, Dr. Garcia still needs to ensure that the fit and function of the dentures are correct. This will help keep you comfortable and will help you maximize the life of your dentures.

How Can I Get Physiological Dentures?

Are you ready to try physiological dentures for yourself? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Garcia to discuss your options today!