DENTURES

 

Dentures are also known as false teeth.  Dentures are removable prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth.  Dentures should be checked yearly.  Dentures can click, whistle, slip and cause on-going pain, sore spots and chewing problems.  Dentures need to be periodically relined since over time you lose bone and gum and this causes a lack of proper fit.  Dentures are not meant to be left in the mouth 24-7.  We recommend removing your dentures nightly, at least 6 to 7 hours.  This allows for your oral tissues to rest and reduces the growth of oral pathogens on your tissues.

Dentures don’t feel as natural as your own teeth and you will need to get use to the feeling of the denture.  Some patients feel that they are bulky, some patients have difficulty pronouncing certain words, others have a loss of taste when eating, loss of sensations and some patients even experience excessive saliva flow.  Dentures do require a few months to adapt to.

Dentures are an affordable measure in replacing missing teeth.  Dentures can be customized to suit your particular needs and be customized to help recreate the natural character of your smile.  Dentures are less expensive than dental implants and only take a few dental visits to complete.  Sometimes dentures can be combined with implants to enhance comfort and function without the cost of a full set of implants.  Recently, mini-implants have been introduced in our office as a simple more affordable adjunct to normal denture wear.

Depending on your dental condition and needs there are different prosthetic solutions for you such as:

COMPLETE REMOVABLE DENTURE an appliance that replaces missing teeth when there are no teeth remaining.

REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURE a prosthetic metal or plastic based appliance that uses remaining teeth that are available to anchor on to with the help of different clasp designs.  There are many different choices to meet your esthetic and budget needs.

REMOVABLE PROSTHETIC IMPLANT RETAINED DENTURE is an appliance that is an excellent option.  Implants are surgically placed in the jaw.  These implants act as anchors for your full or partial denture. Implants are a great way to provide support and stability to full or partial dentures.