Dentures

 Dentures are used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. Dentures have the ability to restore a lost smile, return function and overall appearance, as well as boost the self-confidence of patients with missing teeth. The most common issue experienced with this type of dental prosthesis occurs when the dentures don’t fit well, causing pain and embarrassment. Dentures that do not fit correctly can cause severe pain, discomfort and even fall out while you are eating or speaking. It is essential that a denture not only be aesthetically pleasing, but it also must be well fitting to ensure that patients can enjoy their everyday life with little negative impact. At our offices, we offer a variety of denture options to ensure that you find the perfect fit.

Complete & Partial Dentures

The two most common types of dentures are complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place inside the mouth. A partial denture stays in place with clasps that secure to your neighboring natural teeth. A partial denture functions not only to fill the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents your remaining teeth from shifting. Having missing teeth can cause a variety of issues such as bone loss and changes to your bite.

A complete denture can be either “immediate” or “conventional”. A conventional type denture is made after all teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has fully healed. It usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks for a patient's mouth to fully heal, but can occasionally extend longer.  During this healing time the patient will go without teeth, making the conventional denture a less popular option.  Immediate dentures are made in advance and are immediately placed after the teeth are extracted, which prevents the patient from being without teeth during the healing process.  Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made to the immediate denture to ensure a secure fit and complete comfort is achieved.

Dentures are very durable and are custom made to last many years. Over the course of time due to regular wear a denture may have to be readjusted, repaired, or remade to ensure comfort and longevity.

Implant Supported Dentures

An implant supported denture, also known as a ‘Snap-In’ denture is a modern restoration technique that has revolutionized the way dentists can replace a full set of teeth. Traditional dentures are an unsecured dental prosthesis that can have limitations. Traditional conventional dentures can make chewing food difficult, and you may experience limitations on foods that you once enjoyed. An implant supported denture is a much more secure and stable alternative treatment option to replace your missing teeth.

An implant supported denture consists of a full arch dental bridge that is supported by dental implants, which prevent the prosthesis from moving, shifting or falling out. An implant supported denture stays connected with bar and clip attachments that anchor the prosthetic arch onto the implants which are fused to the jawbone. An implant supported denture offers many advantages such as greater stability, fewer limitations and more comfort than a traditional denture.

With an implant supported denture, a temporary set of teeth can be placed on the same day of surgery if you are having teeth extracted. The temporary teeth allow you to lead a normal life immediately after surgery. After a short healing period, your dentist will place the final bridge which will snap into your healed implants.

Advantages to an implant supported denture:

  • Cost: Implant supported dentures are a cost effective treatment option. When compared to some other implant restoration methods, your new replacement teeth require fewer implants for each jaw. With fewer implants required, the cost is lowered.
  • Time: Faster treatment and healing time than a traditional denture
  • Comfort: Improved chewing, speech and there is no need for messy denture adhesives, pastes or powders
  • Confidence: This treatment helps preserve your facial appearance and prevent bone loss. Your quality of life is improved, and you can start enjoying your favorite foods again with renewed confidence and convenience!

What does getting a denture involve?

The process of getting a denture usually requires several appointments over the course of several weeks. It is necessary for your dentist to take accurate impressions and measurements to ensure that your custom made denture fits as securely and comfortably as possible. There will be several ‘try-in’ appointments to ensure that the proper shape, color and fit is achieved. At your final appointment, the dentist will place your completed denture to guarantee that you have the most natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal for patients to experience some soreness and difficulty with speech and chewing after getting a denture. Once the muscles and tissues inside your mouth get used to the denture, these side effects should subside.

How long will my denture last?

It is important to remember that proper cleaning, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will all help improve the life of your new denture! As you age, your mouth will change shape as your bones and gums naturally recede. If you are experiencing the symptoms of a worn denture such as mouth sores, pain and discomfort, it is important to visit your dentist immediately to avoid infection. These types of issues can often be remedied with a realignment of your denture, however it might also indicate that your denture needs replacement.

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Care Tips for Dentures

  • It is important not to let your dentures dry out!  Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you're not wearing them. NEVER use hot water, which can warp and change the shape of your denture.

  • When handling dentures, stand over a folded towel on a secured surface. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped on a hard surface such as tile or wood.

  • Brushing dentures daily is essential to remove food and dental plaque. It also prevents the dentures from being stained.  

  • You must maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your gums, tongue and other tissues every day.

  • See your dentist immediately your denture is chipped, cracked, loose or broken. Occassionally and over time you denture will need to be relined or rebased due to normal wear and tear. Do not attempt to adjust your denture yourself—this can damage it beyond repair resulting in a replacement denture needing to be made.