Dentistry is all about smiles, and having a confident, healthy, beautiful smile is important even for patients wearing dentures. Our practice provides personalized denture services that meet the needs and comfort levels of our patients. All of our patients are unique and we create one-of-a-kind dentures that feel good and look natural.
WHAT ARE DENTURES?
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
- Full dentures replace natural teeth when all of the teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both jaws have been lost. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. 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. Dentures are made of acrylic.
- Partial denturesreplace missing teeth and are attached to a metal framework that is connected to your natural teeth by clasps. Partial dentures are made of acrylic teeth with a metal framework with pink acrylic or no framework and pink acrylic.
- “Flipper” is usually a temporary removable partial denture that is used to replace a missing tooth. They are made with an acrylic tooth (teeth) and pink acrylic. Flippers are not intended for heavy chewing and are more cosmetic in nature.
HOW DO I KNOW IF DENTURES ARE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR ME?
Dentures are not for everyone. If you are interested in learning more about dentures and want to know if they are the right choice for you, please schedule an appointment. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have and can determine the best course of treatment for your ongoing dental health.
CARING FOR YOUR DENTURES
Dentures, just like natural teeth, require daily maintenance to stay clean and keep bacteria from growing inside of your mouth. Keep your dentures clean and your smile healthy:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a clean, folded towel or a sink full of water. This way, if you accidentally drop your dentures, they are less likely to break.
- Your dentures are not immune from plaque and tartar build-up, so it’s important that you brush your dentures every day. To brush your dentures, use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush the surfaces of the dentures, being careful not to break or bend the plastic. Between brushings, it’s important to rinse your dentures after each meal.
- Use a gentle cleanser to clean your dentures. Many toothpastes, household cleaners, and mouthwashes can be too hard on your dentures, so it is recommended that you use a mild hand or dish soap to get your dentures clean, or simply use a brush with water. Be sure to check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval to choose products that are safe for your dentures, or ask us which products may be best for you.
- When you are not wearing your dentures, they need to be kept moist. Dentures that are not kept in a denture cleaning solution or in water can dry out, lose their shape, or even crack and break.
- Even if you have a full set of dentures, it’s important to keep your gums and tongue clean. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your gums and tongue every day.
If by chance your dentures do break, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Please, never try to glue a broken denture yourself because the results can be disastrous! Broken dentures that don’t fit properly can cause irritation to your gums and mouth. Also, remember to continue scheduling regular dental checkups every six months to make sure that your smile stays healthy for many years to come.