Dentures are a solution for multiple missing teeth. Advances in dental technology have made them more comfortable and easier to wear than in the past.
If you are missing one or more teeth from gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, visit Dr. Neff to see if dentures are the right solution for you. Dentures are removable teeth that come as a partial or complete set, depending on your needs. They can restore your health, smile, and confidence!
Full dentures are for people who have lost all of their teeth. A plastic base, colored to replicate gum tissue, supports a complete set of plastic or porcelain teeth. Full dentures are kept in place by the suction that naturally occurs between your gums and the denture. Some people may need dental implants to help attach their dentures.
If you’ve lost all of your teeth, your facial muscles may sag and affect your appearance. Full dentures can help fill out your face. And because they closely resemble natural teeth, your smile may even improve!
Full dentures will also help you eat and speak better, restoring your confidence in business and social situations.
How are Full Dentures Made?
Your custom dentures start with us taking impressions of the oral tissue that will support the denture. A dental lab will make models of your mouth from these impressions, slowly building the denture.
At each step in the build process, new models will be placed in your mouth to ensure proper fit and appearance, and to establish a correct bite. You will need to see us once a week for 4 to 5 weeks until the denture is completed.
You can also expect to visit once or more during the first month of wear to have adjustments made.
Partial dentures are for people who are missing one or several teeth. These removable dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base.
Partial dentures are attached through an intricate metal framework built around your natural teeth. Tiny screws and clasps hold the new denture in place.
Metal is used because it is the most durable and can withstand constant daily wear. Plastic is standard for temporary partial dentures, which are used for emergencies or healing following surgery.
A partial denture can also attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments, which are generally more aesthetically pleasing than clasps. They are also necessary if crowns on your natural teeth are needed to improve the fit of your partial denture.
Commonly Asked Questions
Are there alternatives to dentures?
Bridges and dental implants are two other ways to replace missing teeth. Bridges can replace only two to three missing teeth in a row, depending on the location. Because they are cemented in place, they are considered a fixed or permanent denture.
An implant can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. They are the most expensive but also the most natural-looking option and are also permanent.
What should I expect with my new dentures?
- Dentures are virtually undetectable so that you can smile with confidence!
- You’ll have to practice the best way to insert and remove your dentures, and your gums may be sore at first.
- Eating with dentures also requires practice. Start with soft foods and slowly introduce more solid food. Chew food equally on both sides and avoid chewy or sticky foods.
- Once the cheeks and tongue get accustomed to your denture, they will begin to help keep the denture in place automatically. It may feel awkward in the beginning.
- Speaking also requires practice but will become more comfortable as you repeat certain words or sounds that don’t sound natural with your dentures in.
- Dentures may dislodge at first with movements such as yawning or laughing. If this continues, the denture may need to be adjusted or relined (refit).
- Finally, the denture may increase saliva, but that will eventually return to normal.
Dentures are generally worn all day and removed at night to give the gum tissues time to relax. During the first few days after receiving the denture, however, it needs to remain in the mouth even when sleeping to help identify areas that need to be adjusted.
Taking Care of Dentures
Dentures must be placed in a container of water or denture cleaner when not being worn. They should never be placed in hot water as they can be damaged or warped. They must be cleaned daily using a soft toothbrush with soap and water and a denture cleaner.
You should also rinse your mouth daily without the dentures in to clean off any plaque and reduce the risk of infection.
How long do dentures last?
If cared for properly, dentures should last a minimum of 5 years. Over time, the bone shrinks, causing the denture to become loose. The rate that this happens varies with each person. Visit us regularly to ensure that your denture continues to fit correctly.
Denture adhesive helps the denture adhere to supporting tissues instead of relying on suction or clasps alone. A small amount of denture adhesive can be applied to the clean surface of your denture, but do see Dr. Neff if your denture routinely slips.
Most dental insurance companies cover some or all of the cost of dentures.