Dentures are false teeth used to restore oral health and your appearance after tooth loss. They have been used for centuries, though modern dentures are much more advanced than the dentures used in the past.
The two primary types of dentures are full dentures and partial dentures. A set of full dentures replaces all of your teeth, usually including both the upper teeth and lower teeth. They require you to have any remaining teeth extracted, so they are only recommended if you have severe oral health issues.
A subtype of full dentures are “implant-supported dentures” also called “overdentures.” These are full-mouth dentures that attach to a series of dental implants. Since they are attached to implants rather than just sitting on your gums, overdentures are more stable, durable, and long-lasting compared to traditional full dentures.
Partial dentures are a good option for patients who are only missing a few missing teeth. They are designed to snap onto your remaining healthy teeth using a special metal and plastic framework, replacing gaps in your smile with natural-looking false teeth.
Full dentures are the best option for restoring your smile if you have lost most or all of your natural teeth. As experienced restorative dentists, Dr. Luis and Dr. Tori Mariusso can provide you with a set of comfortable, natural dentures. Schedule an appointment now to learn more.
Partial dentures are a good way to restore several missing teeth. They are made of a metal and acrylic framework, which snaps onto your healthy teeth to restore your smile. Partial dentures are often used as a temporary treatment before your smile can be restored with dental implants or a dental bridge, but can also be used as a permanent method of smile restoration.
Overdentures snap onto a series of dental implants to restore your smile. They are more stable and secure than traditional dentures, and help support the strength of your jaw bone. If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, overdentures are a good alternative to traditional dentures.
Dentures can typically be built and placed in just a few weeks, making them one of the fastest and most effective ways to restore your smile.
Dentures are cheaper than alternative treatments like dental bridges and implants, in most cases, and are almost always covered by insurance. This makes them a more affordable alternative.
Whether you’re missing a few of your teeth or most of your natural teeth, dentures can restore your smile and bite, and allow you to eat your favorite foods and smile brightly once again.
There are a few steps you should follow to care for your dentures. Every night, they should be removed and soaked in denture cleaner. You should also brush your dentures and your gums at least once per day. Once you receive your dentures, Dr. Luis or Dr. Tori Mariusso will provide you with a comprehensive set of care instructions. Follow them to keep your dentures in great shape.
If you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth, you may be a good candidate for partial dentures. Or, if you have lost most of your teeth, traditional dentures may be right for you. To learn more about each type of denture and your treatment options, you can schedule a consultation with Confident Smiles & Implants now.
After you’ve been approved for full or partial dentures and had any necessary pre-fitting surgeries, you’ll come into our office for your denture fitting. Dr. Luis or Dr. Tori Mariusso will take impressions of your teeth and/or gums and create a special mold of your bite.
They will record a lot of information about your bite, your gums, and your teeth, and send all of this to a dental lab where test dentures will be built. This will take a little while, so you’ll be sent home. You may get a temporary set of dentures, depending on your case.
You’ll come back to our office when your test dentures arrive. You will try them on and discuss how they feel and fit. Dr. Luis or Dr. Tori will examine your dentures and your bite and note if adjustments need to be made. This process may be repeated several times.
Once your test dentures fit perfectly, your permanent dentures will be made and sent to Confident Smiles & Implants. You’ll come back to our office to pick them up and get instructions on how to care for your new smile.
You’ll need to remove your dentures every night and soak them in denture cleaner. This cleans and sanitizes them and lets your gums rest after wearing them all day. In addition, you should remove and brush your dentures every time you eat. Dr. Luis and Dr. Tori Mariusso will provide you with further care instructions after you get your final set of dentures at Confident Smiles & Implants.
Ill-fitting dentures can cause a variety of oral health issues.
If your dentures don’t fit properly, they could shift when you eat or speak, cause “hot spots” and sores on your gums, and cause a variety of other oral health issues. That’s why, at Confident Smiles & Implants, we focus on creating comfortable, properly-fitting dentures. You can trust us to provide you with a high-quality set of dentures that will fit your mouth perfectly for years to come.