Due to normal wear and changes in your mouth from aging, your dentures will need to be adjusted or remade over time. Generally, full dentures last five to seven years. Properly caring for your teeth and keeping your six month appointments will increase the lifespan of your dentures.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures and partials are removable artificial teeth. They are used to replace missing teeth to help an individual return to their normal lifestyle, improve the look of their smile, and maintain their oral health.
Differences Between Full and Partial Dentures
Full dentures replace an entire set of teeth. Top dentures have a flesh colored base that fits over the gums and covers the palate. Bottom dentures have a flesh colored base as well, but are contoured to allow natural movement of the tongue.
Partial dentures are used when only some of the teeth are missing. Partials are replacement teeth that are attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, connected by metal framework.
How They Are Made
We custom-make partials and dentures here in our own lab. The first step is a consultation about color and shape options for your dentures. Next an impression of your mouth will be made to ensure your dentures fit perfectly. The process generally requires two or three appointments to complete.
An extraction may be necessary before you can receive dentures. For more information, see the minor oral surgery page.
Adjusting to Your New Dentures
Adjusting to your new partials or dentures may take several weeks. Because the muscles of your mouth are adjusting to holding the new dentures in place, they may feel loose or there may be some discomfort. You may also experience excess saliva and the feeling that your tongue does not have enough room. These issues are normal and should not last long.
How to Care For and Maintain Dentures
Dentures and partials need to be brushed twice daily with a soft-bristled brush to remove food and plaque and prevent staining. Rinse your dentures after each meal. When they are not being worn, dentures need to be stored in a cleaning solution or water to prevent them from drying out. Dentures and partials are breakable, so be sure to handle them carefully.
Brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled brush each morning before you putting your dentures in to remove plaque and to stimulate circulation.
As with your natural teeth, you’ll want to schedule a cleaning and check-up every six months for a deep cleaning of your dentures and to check for signs of other oral diseases.
Why Get Dentures?
Full or partial dentures are an option if you need to replace missing teeth. These artificial, removable teeth can help you smile with confidence again and maintain good oral health. Missing teeth can cause a breakdown of the facial structure, aging you prematurely. Dentures can help maintain your youth and give you the assurance of a beautiful smile.
Dentures are an investment not only in your smile, but your overall health. The staff at Amazing Smiles will confirm insurance benefits and review all costs with you prior to treatment so there are no surprises. We also offer several different payment plans to make your new smile affordable.
Amazing Smiles custom makes your dentures at a local lab. Dr. Chang will provide a consultation and treatment plan that will cover cost, number of visits and what to expect prior to beginning treatment. He is happy to answer all of your questions any time during the process.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your treatment plan will most likely include two to three appointments to make sure your dentures fit perfectly. Even with perfect full or partial dentures, there will be a period of adjustment as your mouth accommodates having something new in place of your missing teeth. This process usually takes several weeks as your mouth muscles adjust to holding the new teeth in place. They may feel loose or uncomfortable. You may even experience excess saliva or the opposite, a dry mouth, or that your tongue is too big for your mouth. All of these issues are normal and should go away on their own in time, but you can always call our office with questions.
Amazing Smiles custom makes your dentures in our own lab.
Caring for Dentures:
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be brushed twice a day with soft bristled brush. We recommend rinsing your dentures after each meal and storing your dentures in water or cleaning solution when you’re not wearing them to prevent them from drying out. Handle your full or partial dentures with care as they are breakable.
Before putting your dentures in each morning, brush our gums, tongue, palate and any remaining natural teeth with a soft-bristled brush to stimulate circulation and remove plaque. Keep regular cleaning appointments with Amazing Smiles every 6 months so that we can deep clean your dentures and check for any other issues with your oral health. Regular checkups and adjustments of your dentures can help increase the lifespan of your dentures, which is typically five to seven years.