At Progressive Dental Arts, our dental practice is all about helping our patients smile with confidence. Acquiring a healthy and attractive smile is what matters to our patients, especially our denture patients. Our dental practice offers personalized denture services that help us meet the unique needs of our patients, and also offer comfort and convenience. You are one-of-a-kind, which is why we make the extra effort to ensure that your personalized experience leaves you with dentures that look natural and feel great!
The Facts about Dentures
Simply stated, dentures are replacement teeth that are removable, but look and feel like natural teeth. Our patients have two options when choosing dentures: partial dentures or full dentures. Let’s take a second to examine the differences between the choices.
Full dentures: Most patients choose this option when complete removal of all their natural teeth is necessary. A person will either receive conventional dentures or immediate dentures based on his or her individual situation.
• Conventional dentures are not placed immediately following tooth removal. Instead, the gums are given proper time to heal before placing the dentures. Healing times vary from person to person, but can take several months.
• Immediate dentures are just like their name indicates. They are placed in the mouth immediately after an extraction. However, immediate dentures do require regular adjustments the first couple of months and may not be as comfortable.
Partial dentures: This dental appliance is considered a removable alternative to bridges and bonded to a metal frame that is attached to one’s natural teeth. Partial dentures are a good solution to fill in the gaps where permanent teeth used to be. They are a detachable alternative to bridges affixed to a metal frame. This frame attaches to your natural teeth. We use partials to fill the space where permanent teeth used to be.
Choosing the Right Dentures for You
Dentures are not the solution for every patient who has experienced tooth loss. If you are considering dentures, schedule an appointment with us to discuss if this is the right option for you. When you attend your scheduled consultation, we go over all your treatment options and examine your mouth to determine if dentures will work well and help you treat ongoing dental health concerns.
Caring for Your Dentures
Although dentures are not natural teeth, they still require daily care. Dentures can attract bacteria and grow germs just like your natural teeth, which is why it is important to keep your teeth clean and free from bacteria. Here are some suggestions for cleaning your dentures and maintaining your gorgeous smile:
• Be careful with your dentures. When taking out or inserting your dentures, stand over a sink of water, or place a folded towel on the sink in front of you. This simple bit of preparation can go a long way toward protecting your dentures should you accidentally drop them.
• Brush your dentures on a daily basis. Like natural teeth, plaque and tartar can form on your dentures. Regular brushing will reduce the daily buildup of this sticky substance. Make sure to use a soft-bristled brush, taking care brush the surface lightly. Make sure you don’t bend or crack the appliance. If you have a full set of dentures, include tongue and gum cleaning to your oral hygiene routine. Use a soft-bristled brush to brush your tongue and gums.
• Rinse your dentures after each meal to keep them clean.
• Use recommended cleaners. Everyday toothpaste, mouthwashes, and other oral hygiene products can be harsh on your dentures. Our dentists recommend using a mild cleaner like hand or dish soap for safe cleaning. Ask us about products approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
• Keep your dentures in water when not in use. Dentures that are not kept moist can quickly lose their shape, break, or crack. However, make sure you check with us to ensure you are following the right soaking protocol. Some dentures have different soaking solution requirements.
So You Broke Your Dentures. Now What?
The truth is that accidents happen. If your dentures broke, don’t panic. But do call our offices immediately. Continuing to wear broken dentures can cause irritation and lead to painful situations.
Lastly, don’t be a stranger. Come see us every six months for regular cleanings to keep your dentures looking good as new!