Dentures are replacement artificial teeth that provide a natural appearance where lost or removed teeth are missing. They are removable, and will be partial (a few teeth) or full (upper, lower, or both upper & lower sets). Dentures can restore your ability to eat, speak, and flash your best grin after tooth loss.
Dentures are made of various materials which simulate the natural appearance of your teeth and gums. Our dentists will match the specific color of your teeth and gums to your dentures to replicate your natural dental appearance. Your dentures should last a long time with proper care and maintenance.
There are a various types of dentures, including conventional, intermediate, and partial.
Conventional FULL dentures are perfect for people that have lost all of their teeth on their upper or lower jaw. They are worn after your teeth have been extracted or lost and after your gums have healed, which can take several months. During this healing period, you will be without teeth.
Full dentures are most often held in place through the natural moisture in your mouth, as it creates a vacuum that holds your dentures in place. If your dentures do slip or slide at all, denture adhesive can help, though if your dentures slip or slide too much, you should contact us to have one of our dentists adjust them for a good fit.
Intermediate dentures are worn after your teeth are removed BUT while your gums are healing, and therefore does not involve a period of time where you are without teeth. They do require dental visits before your tooth extraction(s) to design and build the dentures, but after your extraction(s) they actually aid the healing process. They require appointments after the initial fitting for adjustments to achieve an ideal fit.
Partial dentures are a removable replacement for just a series of extracted teeth. They are held in place by unique attachments to your adjacent natural teeth. These adjacent teeth are typically crowned to increase their strength & stability.
Dentures are fabricated over several appointments:
The first appointment…
The first appointment your dentist will make impressions of your teeth, gums, and jaws to create a model to use for creating your dentures. The dentist will then determine the color of your teeth and gums, so your new dentures match these colors to create a natural looking smile that fits you. When this initial appointment is completed we send all the information to a dental lab that will custom make your dentures.
The second appointment…
Usually the dental lab will make a trial set before fabricating the final set of dentures to allow your dentist an opportunity to check how the dentures fit and function in your mouth. Your dentist will test the fit on you for comfort and precision.
The final appointment…
The final dentures are made at the dental lab and sent to your dentist’s office and are tested to ensure proper fit and comfort.
You should brush your gums and dentures daily to remove plaque build-up, and soak them in a cleaning solution, which your dentist will recommend to you. Do NOT ever use toothpaste, bleach, or other household cleaning products to clean your dentures, and you should also soak your dentures over night to prevent them from drying out.
Please report any denture-related problems or discomfort to your dentist so that adjustments can be made. It is common for dentures to need adjustments over time because your jaw changes shape as you age, and some people may need to have more than one set of dentures made in their lifetime.
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