If you’ve lost individual, many, or all of your teeth, dentures are often the solution to restore your smile. Are you missing teeth? One or more? Give Daniels Parkway Dental a call! We always welcome new patients and will discuss your options with you and answer all your questions to determine the best treatment for your smile.
Complete dentures and partial dentures are the two most common kinds of dentures, both of which restore missing teeth to give you back enjoyment of eating a wide range of your favorite nutritious foods and regain full confidence in talking, smiling, and even laughing out loud.
Also called “removable dentures,” partial dentures are used when a few adjacent teeth are missing or when nearby teeth aren’t able to support a bridge. The denture, made up of one or more artificial teeth, fits snugly, secured by clasps that attach to your existing teeth. After meals and at night, partial dentures are easily removed for cleaning.
Should you require tooth extraction prior to being fitted for dentures, immediate dentures are used while your gums heal. You’re able to wear them immediately and throughout the healing process until your mouth is ready to be fitted for complete dentures.
Also called “complete dentures,” you likely visualize these when you hear the word dentures. Used when all of your natural teeth are missing, the denture supports a full arch of replacement teeth. For cleaning, they’re removable as they’re secured by suction.
To keep them clean, free from stains, and looking just like your natural teeth, your complete or partial dentures do require thorough, regular, and proper care. Cleaning also prevents plaque buildup which can cause tartar deposits, bad breath, decay of remaining teeth, gum disease, and more.
Overnight, remove and gently clean your dentures as above, then soak them in warm water. When your dentures are made, we’ll talk with you about if and when to use an over-night denture cleanser. Tip: Whenever you are not wearing your denture, always soak them in water to prevent the plastic from drying out or warping.
In the morning, rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution.
As careful as you may be with your dentures, damage may happen – broken clasps, cracks, etc. – and they will need to be repaired. Dentures will also need what we call “relines.” Because your gums and bones are always changing, your dentures will need to be adjusted to ensure they always fit properly for optimal function and aesthetics. As your dentist in Fort Myers, we’ll help you determine the best schedule for your smile. We’ll also schedule a professional dentures exam and professional cleaning.
Also remember, even if you wear complete dentures, you always need to come for your regular six-month (minimum) exam and hygiene visit so that we can continue to monitor for signs of disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, or infection.