Patients who have lost some or all of their natural teeth can often benefit from dentures. Not only can dentures improve your smile, they can also make speaking and eating easier and more comfortable. Dentures can be made to look like your natural teeth, so you can be confident in your smile!
Types of Dentures
There are two different types of dentures: partial dentures (meant to replace a few missing teeth), and complete dentures (meant to replace all of your natural teeth). Both partial dentures and complete dentures are removable appliances, meaning you are able to insert and remove them from your mouth.
At Schultz Family Dental, we strive to provide patients with the most natural-looking replacement for any and all missing teeth, so you can regain chewing ability and feel confident in your appearance!
Partial dentures are usually made of replacement teeth in either a metal or flexible acrylic frame. Sometimes, your remaining natural teeth need to be conservatively prepared so that the denture fits and functions properly. The denture can be inserted and removed as needed, to keep the appliance clean and your supporting tissue healthy.
Complete dentures are made of replacement teeth in an acrylic base. The base is made to match the color of your natural gums. This type of denture is made after all teeth have been removed and gums have healed. The base of the upper denture will cover the roof of the mouth. The lower denture rests on the gum and bone tissues of the lower arch.
Implant-Supported Complete Dentures
A complete denture can also be combined with dental implants for a more secure fit. Implants are posts that are surgically placed in the jaw, and can help to make the denture more stable and reduce the loss of bone.
In some situations, immediate dentures may be necessary. These types of dentures are made in a lab before any teeth are removed, and can be worn immediately after surgery, while a complete set of permanent dentures is being made. These dentures allow patients to avoid going without teeth during healing. They usually require adjustments during the healing process, as your bone and gum levels may change, but are much more comfortable once the healing process is complete.
Caring for Your Dentures
Dentures need to be cared for, just like normal teeth. They should be cleaned every day to remove any bacteria or food particles. Liquid soap or denture cleaners with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance are reliable choices for cleaning. When patients are not wearing their dentures (usually recommended overnight to let your tissues rest), they should be placed in water to keep them moist.
If you or a loved one is considering dentures for a more comfortable smile, contact us to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!