Dentures are removable tooth prosthetics designed to look and function like natural teeth. For thousands of years, some form of denture has been used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, although today’s dentures are much more advanced and easier to care for. Most dentures are composed of replacement teeth attached to plastic bases that take on the appearance of the gums. They are used to compensate for one or more missing teeth, and are available as partials and complete sets of teeth. There are many reasons why patients may elect removable dentures versus implants, crowns, or bridges including, 1) more affordable and budget friendly, 2) quicker, 3) sometimes dentures are the more esthetic option. Patient may also elect dentures supported by implants for more stability and more force for chewing!
Caring for Your Dentures
Your dentures are custom designed to fit your smile, but did you know that improperly caring for them can cause them to become distorted? Most removable dentures must maintain moisture to retain their shape. Be sure to wash them after eating, gently clean them once daily, and allow them to soak overnight in a denture soaking solution. This will keep your dentures clean and free of stains, which ultimately helps your smile look its best.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am a candidate for removable dentures?
If you are missing one or more teeth and thinking of getting dentures, please come to us for a professional consultation. During this time, you can explore your tooth prosthetic options, ask questions, and make a decision as to whether dentures are right for you.
What should I expect when being fitted for dentures?
Some patient may need some teeth extracted before dentures are recommended and some may be ready immediately. After our consultation- you will be informed of the best options for you and your situation. We will take multiple measurements and impressions to send to the lab and we will together choose the shade of your denture teeth for a beautiful smile.
Will I need to follow any special after-care instructions?
Once your dentures are ready, you can begin wearing them on a daily basis. Expect the first few weeks to be an adjustment period, during which time you will adapt to the feel of your new dentures, as well as learn how to manipulate your tongue and cheek muscles to keep them in place. You may also experience slight irritation or soreness from the initial denture wear, although this should subside after a few days or weeks.