Full & Partial Dentures Can Fully Restore Smiles
Multiple missing teeth can be a real burden for both your smile’s appearance and function, but fortunately, full and partial dentures can provide an effective, natural-looking, and cost-effective solution. Dentures, in one form or another, have been used for generations, and with the latest advancements in dental prosthetics, modern-day dentures are now smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable than ever. Whether you are missing a few teeth or a complete row, they could be exactly what you need to get your complete smile back.
The Different Types of Dentures
Dentures can be used to restore multiple missing teeth in order to revitalize the smile’s appearance as well as improve a person’s eating and speaking ability. They are made of prosthetic teeth attached to a realistic-looking gum-colored acrylic base, and they come in 3 main types:
- Partial Dentures: These can be used to fill in the gaps in a person’s smile who still has remaining teeth. It basically fits among the teeth like the missing piece of a puzzle, and it’s held in place using small metal clasps that attach to neighboring teeth.
- Full Dentures: These are used to replace an entire row of missing teeth. This prosthetic sits directly on the gums and is held in place using natural suction and/or a bit of denture adhesive.
- Implant-Retained Dentures: A denture can also be secured using dental implants placed directly into the jawbone to provide maximum strength and stability.
The Process of Getting Dentures
If you’re looking to rebuild your smile, the first step is to schedule an appointment here at Juno Beach Smiles. Dr. Greg Riley or Dr. Duane Keuning will perform a short oral exam, and then they’ll discuss our multiple tooth replacement options. If you both decide that removable dentures are the best one for you, they can then start the process of creating your prosthetic.
Typically, it takes a few appointments spaced out over the course of a few weeks to get your final denture. This is because, during these appointments, your doctor will create a series of mock-up models for you to try on so you can determine the perfect look and fit for you. After you have found the model that suits you the best, it will be sent to a local dental lab to fabricate your final dentures. You’ll then return to Juno Beach Smiles where your dentist will fit them, make any final adjustments if necessary, and then talk to you about using and maintaining them.
Using and Maintaining Your New Dentures
It will take a little time for your mouth to adjust to your new denture, so a bit of tenderness at the beginning is normal. Try to wear them as much as you can, only taking them out when you go to bed. While you are still learning to eat with them, try to stick to softer, easier to chew foods at first and gradually work your way back up to your normal diet. To help you learn to speak with them, try reading out loud every day until it feels comfortable. After a while, they’ll feel just like your regular teeth.
As far as maintenance goes, you should clean your dentures as often as you clean your teeth/mouth. Don’t use a hard-bristled brush or regular toothpaste on your dentures as this can damage them. Your dentist will let you know which products are safe to use. At the end of the day, you will need to take them out and soak them in a denture solution overnight. Be sure to rinse them off before you put them back in your mouth!
Have Any Questions?
If you’re ready to say “goodbye” to the gaps in your smile, dentures are one of the most reliable ways to do it. To learn more about dentures and see if they are right for you, please contact us today for an appointment.