When a person has missing teeth, their oral functions are affected too. Dentures replace these missing teeth along with their oral functions. At , we provide different denture options based on your convenience and specific needs. Therefore, you do not need to hide that beautiful smile of yours anymore as we have every option to cater to your dental requirements.
Missing teeth can largely impact a patient's facial structure as well as appearance. They can also cause discomfort while speaking or chewing. Both partial and full dentures are viable solutions. Dentures are custom-made appliances which easily and comfortably replace missing teeth. Dentures can also restore the overall facial appearance and lost tooth function.
Full and Partial Dentures
There are two main types of dentures available: partial dentures and full dentures.
Partial dentures are placed when a person has only some missing teeth. Partial dentures are made with either a metal or a plastic base. To hold them in the mouth, we use rests and clasps around the natural teeth. They are designed to take the place of missing teeth. The metal base has a traditional design because of the strength and rigidity of metals in general.
On the other hand, plastic is more useful for a temporary replacement of lost or missing teeth. If, on the other hand, a patient is missing most or all of their teeth, a full denture is recommended. Full dentures have a colored plastic base that acts as gum tissue to hold both porcelain and plastic teeth. They are available in various colors to replicate the patient’s gum tissue. To hold a full denture in the mouth, we attach it to dental implants set into the jawbones surgically. A full denture can also be held traditionally by sealing it with the gums. The denture form creates a seal with gums, helping the mouth to hold them in place.
How Are Dentures Made?
Before dentures can be placed, molds of the patient's mouth, both the upper and lower jaw, need to be taken to then manufacture the dentures for a proper fit. Dental experts utilize the impressions to determine the best course of action to ensure proper denture fit. Dentures are first based on these models and then transferred to the mouth of the patient only after ensuring proper fit, bite motion, and support for an overall desired appearance. Regular visits to the office will be required until the denture is complete. Occasional visits should further help patients become accustomed to the placement of the dentures.
Immediate dentures can be used as a temporary solution before the final conventional dentures have been made. Immediate dentures are not to be used as a permanent solution because they do not fit in the same way as conventional dentures.
Effects of Dentures on Patients
Dentures are virtually undetectable. Even though dentures may take time to get used to, they remain unnoticeable. Adjustments by professional dental technicians allow for adjustments to the dentures to get an exact fit. Once dentures are placed, patients are advised to start out with eating soft foods. They are encouraged to use both sides of the mouth to chew evenly and to get used to chewing with dentures. Gradually, solid foods can be introduced into the patient’s diet but they are strongly recommended to avoid sticky foods, as these will pull on the dentures. With time, your cheeks and tongue will begin to support the dentures and help keep them in place. Increased production of saliva and discomfort in speaking may be experienced when patients first start to wear their dentures but this will fade over time as you get used to them.
How Will Dentures Affect the Way You Eat, Speak, and Look?
Initially, when dentures are placed, gums can get slightly sore as your mouth is not used to them. It might take a few weeks of visits to our office until they are finally adjusted. You might also need a little practice to bite and chew with them. Just like eating, speaking also requires practice. We suggest avoiding any exaggerated movement such as yawning as it can cause the denture to be dislodged.
Can You Wear Dentures at Night?
After getting initial treatment, you are required to wear your dentures while sleeping so that we can identify any oral tissues for adjustment. However, your dentures will usually be taken out at night and worn mostly during the day after this initial introductory period.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
If dentures are handled well and taken care of in terms of cleanliness and maintenance, they can last for approximately five years. However, it can vary depending on individual differences. Regardless, they can cause the jawbone to shrink over time. Our dentist, Dr. Higbee, may use a liner to fit the denture surface to the oral tissue again to extend their life.
Both partial and full dentures are great choices for tooth replacement and loss. Regardless of the type of denture you use, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Also, make sure that you visit us at regularly to ensure your dentures' fitness.
Denture prices are set depending on the material used to create the denture. Even though they usually vary due to different cases and the number of missing or lost teeth, you can expect them to cost around a couple of thousand dollars. Our professionals will discuss your options and potential costs during your visit.
Dentures must be handled with care to prevent them from getting damaged. Patients with missing teeth may experience multiple oral issues. These commonly include loss of confidence and difficulties in chewing and speaking. If you are missing one or more teeth, come see our team at Higbee Family Dentistry for placement of full and partial dentures. Call us today at (541) 342-1187 to book an appointment to learn more about your options with these different types of dentures and find out what denture will suit your mouth best.