Dentures are false teeth designed to replace your missing teeth and restore your ability to eat, speak and feel confident. There are a number of different types of dentures; regardless of the type you choose, yours will be customised to fit you specifically.
A full denture is the best option when you’ve lost most or all of your teeth on your lower or upper jaw. Depending on your situation, you may be able to choose between conventional affordable quality dentures that rest directly on your gums, and implant-supported devices that snap onto embedded dental posts. We can review all of your full denture options when you come in for a consultation, so call to schedule your visit today.
A partial denture is ideal if you’ve lost only a few teeth. Partials can be fixed or removable, although fixed partials are most often called bridges. Of the removable type of partials, acrylic, flexible plastic and chrome cobalt metal dentures are most common. Acrylic partials feature rigid bases and metal clasps that are slightly visible. Flexible plastic partials are made of a pliable polymer so they tend to move more comfortably in your mouth as you chew and speak. They feature gum-colored clasps that are less visible than metal clasps. Chrome cobalt metal partials are extremely thin and highly durable partials. Because they are constructed of a very thin metal, many people report that they are very comfortable to wear and use. In general, these metal dentures cost more than acrylic or flexible plastic.
The denture process usually begins with preparing your teeth, gums and jaw so they can support your new dental appliance. This preparation may include tooth extractions, jawbone grafting and a variety of other possible procedures. An impression of your mouth is then made so your new teeth fit in perfectly and your bite is comfortable. Your dentures dentist will use wax samples based on these impressions to begin finding the right denture fit for you. When a final sample is approved, your final affordable quality dentures will be made. In-office adjustments are performed to ensure comfort and function when your final denture is delivered.
Compared to other methods of replacing missing teeth, most dentures are a fraction of the cost. Still, there are high-end options you can choose, if you prefer. Finding the right solution for your missing teeth is our goal, and our dentists work diligently to find you the affordable, quality dentures you need for good health and a bright smile.
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup.
- When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
- Don’t 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 cause them to warp.
- Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
- Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
- See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself — this can damage them beyond repair.