Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth. They are available as partials, which replace a few missing teeth, or full dentures, which replace one or both arches of teeth. Patients typically look for a partial denture to restore their smile and help prevent their surrounding teeth from moving. Full dentures are used to treat extensive tooth loss and restore the lacking support in the face as well as functionality.
Dr. Donkersgoed will assess your tooth loss and oral health to determine if you are a good candidate for dentures.
For full dentures, we need to extract your remaining teeth. It will take 8 to 12 weeks to heal and you will be given temporary dentures to wear in the meantime.
Impressions are taken of your mouth and sent to a dental lab along with x-rays and a jaw record which measures how your bite fits together. Using this information, the dental lab fabricates a custom denture for you.
The first mock-up of your denture is set in wax and we will have you try it on to test how it fits and feels. You can let us know if any adjustments need to be made.
After making all the necessary adjustments, we’ll have another fitting and if everything fits perfectly you will leave with your new set of teeth.
A partial denture is a removable replacement for a single missing tooth or several. They are similar to fixed bridges except that you need to take these artificial teeth out when you sleep at night.
This enables us to replace teeth on both sides of the mouth with one prosthesis and makes them easier to clean. Partials contain metal clasps that hook onto the abutment teeth which hold the denture in place.
Do you already have extensive tooth loss? For patients who are missing most of their teeth, a full denture is the best option to restore their ability to chew and speak more clearly as well as restore their smile.
This treatment is only recommended to those who are missing most of their teeth already because we will need to extract your remaining teeth to place a denture over your gums that replace all of the teeth in that arch. An immediate denture is placed to help you eat and speak until your gums have healed. Once your gums have healed from these extractions, which take about 8 to 12 weeks, we can fit your official denture.
Sometimes, the wisdom teeth don’t emerge fully, or at all. This is known as “impaction.” Impacted wisdom teeth must be surgically extracted. This process is a little bit more complicated than a basic extraction. It involves opening up the gums to access the tooth, then cutting it into pieces and removing it piece-by-piece.
Rinse them when you take them out and before putting them back in. Always store your dentures in their storage case when you aren’t wearing them. Don’t run your dentures under hot water, which can morph them out-of-shape. You need to brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush and denture cleaner twice a day and should soak them in it at night. Avoid eating excessively hard or sticky foods.
It will take some getting used to when you first get dentures. At first you may notice that you’re producing more saliva and sound louder than normal, have a restricted diet and find it difficult to pronounce certain sounds. Your gums may also feel sore and tender. All of this will subside within about a month but you will still need to be mindful of what you eat, take your time, and cut your food into smaller bites.