If you have lost all or most of your teeth, you may be considering your tooth replacement options. Full dentures could be right for you. This type of prosthetic has been around for generations; dentures have helped countless people to regain a confident smile and once again enjoy all of their favorite foods. On this page, you will learn more about what dentures are and how they may benefit you. When you are ready to talk to a dental professional about replacing your lost teeth, contact our practice. We are eager to serve you!
A full denture is a prosthetic that is designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth (all the bottom or all the top teeth). It consists of a gum-colored base that supports a row of artificial teeth, which are usually made out of acrylic or porcelain. A mild adhesive or natural suction helps a denture to remain in the mouth during eating and speaking.
The denture process starts with a restorative consultation with one of our doctors. They will evaluate your oral health and explain the pros and cons of each of your treatment options. If you decide to get conventional dentures, you may need to undergo some extractions or other preparatory treatment before you can receive your prosthetic.
Once you have recovered from any necessary procedures, our team will take impressions of your mouth. Those impressions, along with detailed notes about the size, shape, and color of your new teeth, will be forwarded to a trustworthy dental laboratory. The technicians at the laboratory will fabricate your denture and send it back to us.
Once you start wearing your denture, it may take a few weeks to get used to it. After you adapt, however, you should be quite comfortable and confident when you are wearing it.
Dentures may be an ideal solution for you if you have extensive or complex dental problems, such as loose teeth, red or swollen gums, constant toothaches, or many missing teeth. Many patients who have suffered tooth loss choose dentures because they are a simple and convenient way to replace lost teeth. They are a popular option among individuals who do not have the circumstances to receive dental implants.
Some of the most outstanding benefits of dentures include:
The cost of your denture will depend on the material used to make your prosthetic, how your insurance coverage applies, and other factors. We will be sure to give you a candid estimate for the cost of your dentures during you consultation. We are also ready to help you explore payment options, such as low-interest financing.
Are you thinking about investing in dentures to replace your lost dentition and improve your chewing ability? If so, you have much to look forward to. However, before you get in touch with us to request a consultation, it is understandable if you want to know more about this treatment and what you can expect from it. Below, we provide the answers to some questions that our patients commonly ask about dentures.
Yes, you should keep your dentures moist at all times. If they dry out, they may warp or crack. When you are not wearing them, place them in room temperature water (never hot water because the high temperature can cause them to warp) or in a special denture-soaking solution. If you place them in a soaking solution, be sure to rinse them thoroughly before you put them back in your mouth.
For the first week or so after you get your dentures, we might advise you to wear them 24/7 so you can adapt to them as quickly as possible. After that, however, you should remove them for at least 5 or 6 hours every night. Doing so will give your gums a chance to rest. Plus, it is much easier to thoroughly clean dentures when they are outside of the mouth as opposed to inside of it.
We take great care to design dentures so they fit comfortably. When you first get your prosthetic, it will feel foreign in your mouth and might cause a bit of soreness. After you adjust to it, though, it should not cause any problems for your gums. If your dentures do start to cause irritation, it may be because they are damaged or because your jaw has changed shape, altering the way your dentures fit. Such irritation calls for a visit to our practice. We will inspect your prosthetic and your gums and recommend a solution to put a stop to the irritation. For example, we may be able to reline the dentures so they fit well once again.
An average full denture may last for about 5 – 8 years before it needs to be replaced. That is not because dentures tend to wear out, but because changes to your jaw shape may reach the point where it is no longer possible to adjust your denture so it fits correctly. If you are interested in a longer-lasting tooth replacement solution, ask us about implant-retained dentures. Dental implants preserve the jaw’s shape, and the teeth they support typically last for many years.