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What are dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile.  If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth – whether from gum disease, tooth decay or trauma – replacing missing teeth will benefit both your appearance and your overall health.  Dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth.

When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you prematurely age.  Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. We can make your dentures so they closely resemble your natural teeth, minimizing any change in your appearance.  Or we can give you a straighter, whiter smile if you are looking for a cosmetic enhancement.  The choice is yours.

Different types of dentures:

Conventional

This removable denture is made after all of your teeth have been removed and your gums have had adequate time to heal and remodel – typically 6 months post extractions.

Immediate

Never go a day without teeth.
This removable denture is inserted on the same day that your teeth are extracted.
Our team will work with you to take measurements, photos, and make models of your jaw and bite prior to any extractions, ensuring the best fit of your new denture.
While you won’t be without teeth during the healing period, we may need to reline your denture after your gums have healed and remodeled (typically 6 months following extractions) or completely remake your denture if significant remodeling leaves your denture feeling loose.

Implant-supported overdenture

If you are looking for a stronger fit, an implant-supported denture may be for you.
While upper dentures can be quite stable, lower dentures tend to be less stable.  By adding two implants to the lower jaw, we can increase your denture stability dramatically.

Remember, practice makes perfect.

Rest assured it is normal for your new dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for a few weeks until you become used to wearing them.  Your new dentures may:

feel loose at first as it takes time for your cheek muscles and tongue to learn to keep them in place

cause minor irritation or soreness

cause a temporary increase in your saliva flow

As your learn how to use your new dentures, these problems should go away.  We will work with you to customize a follow-up schedule so any irritations or concerns can be checked and corrected as needed.

If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your dentist.

How do I clean my dentures?

Just like natural teeth, your dentures require care.  We recommend you brush your dentures daily to remove food debris and plaque.  Keeping your dentures clean will also help prevent the acrylic teeth from staining.  We recommend the following steps to ensure you maintain a healthy mouth:

Rinse your dentures with water before brushing to remove any loose food or debris

Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser (not regular toothpaste!) to gently brush all the surfaces of the dentures. (Most toothpastes are too abrasive and will accelerated wear of your dentures.)

Even though you don’t have teeth, your gums still need TLC. Using a brush, clean your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque. Keeping your mouth clean reduces the risk of gum irritation and bad breath.

When you’re not wearing your dentures (at least 8 hours a day), put them in a safe place soaked in water to keep them from warping

Occasionally, denture wearers like to use adhesives for a tighter fit. If you feel like you need adhesive to keep you dentures in, likely there is another issue going on. We will work with you to determine if we can improve the fit and comfort of your denture.

If you have any questions or concerns about your dentures, or if they stop fitting well or become damaged, please call us so we can address your concerns.  In addition, we will work with you to set up a regular dental checkups to evaluate your oral health and see if your dentures continue to fit properly.