Removable Complete Dentures
Removable complete dentures are appliances used to replace all your teeth. They come in two different types, conventional and immediate.
Conventional complete dentures replace all your teeth after any remaining ones are removed, and the tissue heals. This process may take several months. Your denture will come with artificial teeth held in a flesh-colored base which will sit over your gums. It is carefully designed to compliment your features and deliver comfort along with a natural appearance.
An immediate denture, on the other hand, is one made in advance and positioned the same day we remove your teeth. You never have to go one day without teeth. However, these dentures will need to be relined after several months because of the shape of your mouth changes with healing. Immediate dentures will require more adjustments than conventional ones to ensure proper fit and function.
Removable Partial Dentures
A partial denture is a dental appliance used to restore missing teeth when one or more teeth remain in the mouth. It is a removable oral appliance consisting of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. Partials usually have metal frameworks and clasps that connect to your teeth. They not only work to replace missing teeth but also stop remaining teeth from shifting.
What Is the Process of Getting Dentures?
Creating your complete or partial denture may take a few weeks and several appointments. Once we determine the type of appliance that is best for you, we will begin the process of custom making your dentures for a precise fit. We will make a series of impressions of your jaw and a model of your dentures. We will test the model for fit, color, and shape before casting your final denture. We will make any necessary adjustments needed for your comfort.
What Should I Expect?
Your new denture may initially feel awkward, loose, or bulky. You will soon become used to wearing it. You may experience excess saliva flow along with some irritation and soreness. These temporary problems will resolve as you become accustomed to your new denture. During your follow-up appointment, we will check your denture and will make any needed adjustments.
Eating may require some practice and patience. Begin with soft foods, and as you master chewing with your new dentures, you may start reintroducing foods. Avoid hard foods that can damage your dentures. Speaking is another area that may need practice and perseverance. Reading aloud will help you learn to pronounce words distinctly. Your tongue will adjust to the different positions necessary to produce specific sounds with your new dentures.
Should I Use a Dental Adhesive?
Well-fitting dentures don’t usually need adhesives to stay in your mouth. However, you may consider using them if you feel a need for an added sense of security. Avoid using dental adhesives as a fix for dentures that don’t fit right. Using adhesives with loose dentures can result in sores and discomfort. Instead, visit us for an adjustment.
How Do I Care for My Dentures?
Good denture care is essential for proper function. Make sure to brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and a denture cleanser. Rinse your dentures thoroughly before returning them to your mouth.
After eating, make sure to remove and rinse your dentures. Make sure to soak them overnight to keep them moist so that they retain their shape. It’s important to schedule regular checkups so that we can ensure your dentures continue to provide a proper fit. If you have a loose fit, contact us promptly so that we can make any adjustments needed.
Denture Repair and Adjustments
With time, the shape of your mouth may change causing an improper fit. If your denture needs adjusting, do not attempt to do it yourself. Visit us as soon as possible if your denture breaks, cracks, chips, or doesn't feel right. We may need to reline your denture or repair it so that it continues to function well.
Are You Ready to Restore Your Smile with Style?
Contact Dr. Sal’s dental practice to learn more about our restorative procedures. Whether you need to replace missing teeth or you require other dental services, we are here to serve your every need. You don't need to wait any longer. It’s time to bring back your healthy smile!