Dentures are a great solution for missing teeth. These removable dental appliances replace both your missing teeth and adjacent tissue. They can be made from acrylic resin or a combination of acrylic resin and metal. There are a few different types of dentures, and we can help you decide which one is the right choice for you.
Types of Dentures
Partial Dentures: sometimes called removable bridges, are designed to replace multiple missing teeth, but not all of them. These dentures use the remaining teeth as an anchor by placing small clasps around them. They are quite stable and very cost effective when compared with fixed bridges and implants. Here at Ascent Family Dental, we use a terrific process that helps us make sure your partial has the proper fit, form and function.
Full / Complete dentures: Used when all teeth are missing or can’t be saved, full dentures can restore function and certainly improve the cosmetics of the smile. At Ascent Family Dental, we’ll spend the proper amount of time with you to help you get great looking and the best functioning dentures we can make for you.
Implant Retained Dentures: For a certain percentage of patients, the partial or full denture just isn’t quite enough. Maybe you need more retention, or hate that metal clasp in your smile. Implant retention may be the answer. Implants can help hold in a full denture and restore significant amounts of function, especially on the lower denture. Implants can also be placed in a missing tooth area to hold in a partial denture and get rid of a clasp, or help stabilize a long span of missing teeth. If you are worried about losing function as you go into full or partial dentures, or if you hate the way your current denture fits, please talk with us about the options for an implant retained denture. Our patients who have them love them and tell us their function and retention are wonderful.
How Dentures are Made
Dentures are made in a dental laboratory. It typically takes between five and six visits to complete the process. Here’s what you can expect with each visit:
- First visit: During your first appointment, we’ll examine all of your remaining teeth and review your dental history. We’ll also take impressions of your jawbone and gums.
- Second visit: The next time we see you, we’ll create final impression trays using the casts we took during your first visit. These trays will be tried on and adjusted as necessary. Then, we’ll make a final impression inside of the trays.
- Third visit: During your third visit, we’ll make a master cast of each jaw using the final impressions we made during your second visit. A tooth position and bite record will also be taken, and we’ll decide the shape, position and shade of your new dentures. At times much of this appointment can be combined with the second to save you time.
- Fourth visit: The fourth visit is one of the most important visits. This is when you’ll try on the denture, and we’ll examine how it looks, your teeth position and your bite to make sure that everything looks great. We’ll also make sure that your new dentures don’t affect your speech. If necessary, we’ll make adjustments and send your dentures back to the laboratory.
- Fifth visit: During your final visit, you’ll receive your new dentures. We’ll examine the fit and look of your dentures, and explain how to care for them.
A sixth appointment may be necessary if more adjustments are needed.
Your new dentures will last you many years if you take good care of them. During your final visit, your denture dentist will provide you with some care guidelines, which will include the following tips and recommendations:
- Remove and brush your dentures each day. Use a soft toothbrush or a denture cleanser.
- If this is your first time wearing dentures, we may recommend using denture adhesives. Adhesives may make wearing your dentures more comfortable.
- Partial dentures should be removed before you brush your natural teeth.
- Soak your denture in water or denture cleanser when you’re not wearing them.
- Store your dentures in the same place to avoid losing them.
- Do not sterilize your dentures in boiling water as this can damage its shape.
During the first two weeks, you may be advised to wear your dentures constantly – even while you sleep. After these first two weeks, it’s best to remove your dentures and soak them either in water or denture cleanser overnight. This will give your gums a chance to rest and will help promote healthy gums.
If you’re missing all or some of your teeth and are concerned about the cost of dental implants, dentures may the right option for you. In just a few visits, we can restore your smile and functions for a happier, more confident you. Visit your Greeley dentist Dr. Scott Williams today to learn more about dentures. We’ll help you decide if dentures are the best option for your smile.