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Dentures

Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances designed to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. They can either be full, meaning they consist of replacement teeth for all your natural teeth, or partial, replacing only a few missing teeth. Dentures make it easier for patients to eat, speak and live their lives.

Dentures can fill out the appearance of your face and profile and are made to closely resemble your natural teeth.

Dentures may feel awkward in the mouth in the beginning, but in no time, you’ll grow used to them. As your facial muscles learn how to keep them in place, they may feel a bit loose, and you could experience some areas of minor irritation or discomfort. While your mouth is getting used to the dentures, you may also notice an increase in the flow of saliva. These problems will recede as your mouth gets used to having the dentures in place.

Once you receive your dentures, you will need to schedule follow-up appointments so the dentist can make sure the dentures are fitted properly and make any adjustments as needed.

Dentures' Types

Are there different types of dentures?

Full Dentures

Complete, or full, dentures replace all the teeth and rest on top of the gums. We can create more stability when we use these dentures in conjunction with dental implants, which are small screws that are implanted into the gums

Partial Dentures

Complete, or full, dentures replace all the teeth and rest on top of the gums. We can create more stability when we use these dentures in conjunction with dental implants, which are small screws that are implanted into the gums

Tips for caring for your dentures

Even though you may wear dentures, you still must pay attention to your oral health. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth, and any remaining teeth if you don’t have full dentures. This will ensure plaque cannot buildup and lead to gum disease. Your dentures should also be brushed regularly to remove food particles and plaque and to prevent staining.

Rinse your dentures

Rinse your dentures before brushing to ensure you remove any loose food or debris

Use soft-bristled brush

Use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive cleanser

Clean your mouth

Clean your mouth thoroughly before placing the dentures back in.

Keep in a safe place

Keep your dentures in a safe place when not wearing them – cover them in water whenever possible

Dentures FAQ

I think I need dentures – where do I begin?
A visit with Dr. Kay at SmileCare Dental is a great start! She can determine the extent of your issue and create a treatment plan that will address your needs. In some cases, another treatment option may be more ideal. Dr. Kay will discuss these options with you and help you choose the option that is right for you.
What happens if my dentures break?

Call our office so we can look at the damage and determine if it can be repaired or if you need new dentures. We want to ensure a proper fit to avoid pain and discomfort.

Is it safe to sleep in my dentures?

While you can sleep in your dentures, we recommend removing them before sleep. This gives your mouth a chance to relax without the pressure of the denture and allows you to properly clean and soak them overnight.

Are there any foods I should avoid while wearing dentures?

It can take a little bit of time to get used to wearing dentures, so you may want to eat soft foods in the first few days you have your dentures. In no time you should be able to eat all your favorite foods but take special care when eating hard or sticky foods. Using a bit of denture adhesive to hold your dentures in place can help before eating these types of foods. We do recommend avoiding chewing gum, however. Gum tends to stick to the acrylic and can break the seal of the dentures.

Are dentures painful?
It is common to feel a bit of discomfort when you first wear your dentures. It will take some time for your mouth to get used to them. We recommend visiting out office for follow-up visits so we can adjust the dentures as needed to avoid as much discomfort as possible.
What should I do if my dentures are no longer fitting properly?

It is possible that over time, your dentures may need a procedure called a reline. This will refit the base of the denture, ensuring a tighter and more comfortable fit.

How do I take care of my dentures?
It is important to brush your dentures regularly. Not only will this remove plaque and debris, it will also decrease the risk of staining. Using a non-abrasive soap or denture cleanser and a soft-bristled toothbrush, make sure to brush every surface of the dentures thoroughly. Do not use regular toothpaste to brush your dentures. Certain chemical components used in toothpastes can be damaging to the dentures, especially those in whitening toothpastes.
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