What is a denture
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. If you're interested in learning more about dentures and want to know if they are the right choice for you, please schedule an appointment with us. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have and can determine the best course of treatment for your ongoing oral health.
What are the advantages of getting a denture
Full and parital dentures can replace missing teeth at a lesser cost than implants or bridges. On average, they last about 15 years.
What are the different types of dentures
There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
Our in-house lab fabricates full dentures for our patients who have lost all of their natural teeth. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take from 2 weeks to several months after extractions. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use.
Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that clasps onto your natural teeth. We make partial dentures for our patients who are missing some but not all of their teeth. Partial dentures can be a removable alternative to bridges or implants.
What is the process of getting a denture
When we make you a denture, we will typically need to see you 3 times before our lab makes the finished product. At your first visit, we will take impressions (molds) of your upper and lower jaws. At your second visit, we will take measurements of your bite. If you have a photo of your old smile, we encourage you to bring it to this visit. We can choose the shape, size, and color of the denture teeth to customize your smile. When you come for your third visit, you will see your denture teeth set in wax. Our in-house denture lab technician will customize your denture to your specifications. If you want anything changed about the look of your smile, we can make those changes prior to processing your denture.
What are the food restrictions with dentures
Food restrictions vary from person to person. The fit of your denture depends on the amount and shape of your bone. The amount of moisture (saliva) in your mouth also plays a part. Typically, people have an easier time with the upper denture because the roof of your mouth provides better suction. Some people need to use denture adhesive while others don't. The best option for a retentive denture is an implant-supported denture, which clips into place. With an implant-supported denture, you will be able to eat foods like apples and corn on the cob without difficulty.
How do you care for dentures
Just like natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance to stay clean and keep bacteria from growing inside your mouth and denture. We recommend cleaning your dentures every night with warm water and specific antimicrobial rinses. There are also some great products available for soaking them overnight. Our lab can also clean your denture every 6 months using our ultrasonic cleaner.
What makes getting dentures at your office different from being treated at another office? What makes you unique?
Dentistry is all about smiles, and having a confident, healthy, beautiful smile is important to our denture patients. Our practice provides personalized denture services that meet your individual needs and comfort levels. We also offer free denture consultations. Our in-house denture lab technicians have over 20 years of experience to customize your smile and bite so you know exactly what your final denture will look like before it's made. All of our patients are unique, and we create one-of-a-kind dentures in our in-house lab that feel good and look natural.