Replace Teeth With Dentures
What Are Full Or Partial Dentures
Losing teeth can happen to us young or old. Poor oral hygiene, failing root canal or unexpected trauma are just some of the many reasons we could lose a tooth or multiple teeth. But being toothless can cripple and hinder our ability to speak, chew and smile in front of friends. Get to know how a full or partial denture can help make a difference in your life.
Removable partial dentures and full dentures are often used to replace missing teeth. These are completely customized plates and frames to fit only your mouth. Dentures can be characterized to your individual needs. If you had a gap in a specific spot and want it in the same exact place, totally doable. If you had a gap before and want the space closed now, completely doable as well. At Rivers Bend, we try to make dentures that resemble natural original teeth. This helps you regain your full, true confident smile while protecting exposed gums and giving you better functionality again.
If you are scheduled for a denture or partial fitting and you still have questions if dentures are right for you, please contact our staff. We will always tailor your care to your individual needs.
*If you’re afraid of dentures or have a set that don’t stay in place very well, you may want to consider best implants with your dentures. Learn more about implants here.
Full Denture Expectations
When getting fitted for a denture, there are multiple appointments to complete the process.
Initial Consultation: Doctor Wimmergren will take a look at any teeth and/or jawbone structures to determine how healthy everything is and if full or partial dentures are the best option for you. When this is determined, the next step is to take dental impressions of any remaining teeth and gums. This may be done with a digital 3D scanner or traditionally with impressions depending on your specific needs. An accurate impression is critical to delivering you a denture that is designed to fit your mouth exactly. If any teeth need to be extracted, they may be done at the same time your denture will be delivered or you may need to wait for the gums to heal before another impression can be made. This will have been determined at your consultation appointment.
Doctor Wimmergren will also talk to you about customizing your dentures. This includes the size, shape and color of the teeth. How bright would you like to have your teeth from Hollywood white to natural. The choice will be discussed between you and the doctor. It’s always helpful if you have a picture of yourself with your ideal smile when you were younger too if available.
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More On Partial Dentures
It will likely feel odd at first putting in and taking out your first set of removable dentures. But over time as you practice more with them, it becomes more natural. During this transition period, never force your partial denture into place, especially by biting them into place. This can lead to breaking or bending of the clasps. Also another pro tip, is never wear your dentures 24 hours a day.
*If your partial dentures feel cumbersome or too bulky, you may consider best implants to have a more natural feeling dentition again. Learn more about implants here.
The Benefits of Dentures
Caring and Maintenance For your Dentures
Dental Flippers (1-2 missing front teeth)
Losing a front tooth suddenly can leave your smile feeling not so complete. Not to spare, when you need to replace a front tooth quickly for a temporary period of time, look to the flipper. Like it’s sister appliance, the partial denture, it uses pink gum colored acrylic as a base with a replacement tooth. If possible, a metal clasp might be designed into the flipper and hold onto one or more of your natural teeth.
Be careful with the appliance, it is a thin acrylic and with use over time, they can break. They are meant to last a few months. During that time, it’s a good opportunity to talk to your dentist about options for a more permanent replacement. A bridge or an implant(s) can be excellent, natural and aesthetically pleasing options.
If you have any questions about the dental flipper, please always feel free and welcome to contact us and our staff will be more than happy to provide answers.