Your Complete Denture Guide
Dentures have been one of the most common treatment options for missing teeth for generations. Depending on the nature and extent of your tooth replacement needs, your dentist at Dlight Dental can offer you full dentures, over dentures, or partial dentures.
We understand – many patients can’t bear the thought of being without a full set of natural-looking, functional teeth for even a day. That’s why immediate dentures are available at our practices! Our doctors will start preparing your new denture before your remaining teeth are extracted so that it’s ready to place and wear right away, with no waiting required.
Partial dentures are used to restore numerous missing teeth throughout the mouth, while full dentures can replace an entire arch of teeth. Partial and full dentures are both crafted using a gum-colored base to support numerous replacement teeth. The base of a partial is attached to surrounding healthy teeth with small metal clasps. Full dentures are held in place using suction between the gum tissue and the denture base.
While your denture should fit properly immediately following your tooth extraction, some patients don’t realize that their mouth will noticeably change in the months following this procedure. As a result, the prosthetic that you once enjoyed can become awkward and uncomfortable before you know it. Thankfully, our team can perform denture relining in order to bring back that reliable and pleasant fit.
Maybe your denture fell off the sink and suffered an injury, or maybe the prosthetic has simply become worn down over time. Whatever your personal situation is, you can trust your denture repair in the capable hands of our doctors! We’ll take the time to make all necessary corrections and ensure that the result is better than ever for your oral health needs.
Soft Denture Liners
If you’re struggling with a denture that seems overly rough or uncomfortable when worn, a soft liner may be the right solution. This material can be fitted by your doctors between your personal denture and your soft tissue in order to absorb the shocks you’re feeling and create a much more pleasant mouth feel.
Full dentures are used to replace an entire row of teeth. Usually, any remaining teeth in your mouth would need to be extracted to fit full dentures.
Over dentures are fitted over the remaining teeth. Generally, they are more stable than full dentures.
Why would we recommend dentures for you?
Dentures can be used to address a range of dental problems, but most often they are used to help people with mild to extreme tooth loss rebuild their smile. If you are experiencing tooth loss, please talk to your dentist at Dlight Dental. We offer a range of dental treatment options to replace missing teeth.
Why replace your missing teeth?
There are several good reasons, other than esthetics, that we recommend you restore your missing teeth:
- To maintain the natural shape of your jaw and face: If you have missing teeth, the shape of your jaw and face can change. Dentures can prevent this from happening.
- To prevent bone loss in your jaw: Once a tooth is lost, the corresponding jawbone beneath it will not receive stimulation and will start to deteriorate. Dentures with the support of implants can prevent this problem to a great extent.
- To restore certain facial expressions and functions: Dentures can help strengthen the muscles controlling your expressions that require the support of your teeth. For example, they will solve any pronunciation problems.
- To help restore normal biting and chewing: Missing teeth can cause chewing problems, which in turn can result in improper digestion and other health concerns. Dentures can help solve these problems.
How are dentures made?
It will take you about three to four visits to our dental office to get your custom-made denture. The first step is for us to take an impression of your mouth. This will give us your exact measurements that we’ll use to start fabricating your denture.
Depending on your individual circumstances and the type of denture, some of your teeth may have to be removed before taking your impression. Bone grafting or implant placement might be part of this process as well. In such cases, we will provide you with immediate dentures, though they will require additional adjustments after the healing process is complete.
Initially, we will make a preliminary denture, and you will come in for a “try on” appointment. With your input, we will see if there is a need to fine tune the color, shape, or fit.
After you’ve approved everything, your final denture will be fabricated and fitted for you. At this time, we will also provide you with detailed maintenance and care instructions so that your dentures will look and feel great for years to come.
What to expect after getting dentures
- Dentures most certainly will provide you with a very natural appearance and great smile. They are made of durable materials and can typically last from five to ten years when properly taken care of. Since your mouth will change over the life of your dentures, they may need to be replaced in order to achieve a better fit, even before they are worn out.
- You will notice that they correct several problems such as speech and chewing caused by missing teeth.
- Dentures definitely take a little getting used to. Most people feel comfortable with their dentures after a couple of days.
- Proper denture maintenance and good dental hygiene are important to avoid mouth irritation and sores.
- Your dentist at Dlight Dental will schedule follow up visits based on your individual needs.