Dentures and Partials
Dentures and partials are an affordable solution to the problem of missing teeth. Missing teeth can create a number of problems, among them difficulty eating and social stigma. With an attractive set of dentures or partials, we can improve the appearance of your smile and make it easy for you to live your life the way you want.
The “New” Dentures
For many people, the word “dentures” conjures images of their grandparents’ false teeth soaking in a glass of water. Those old-fashioned dentures often had blocky, unnatural-looking teeth set into gums the color of cotton candy.
Good news – today’s dentures are nothing like that!
Modern dentures are carefully made to look realistic and function much more like your own teeth would. Each tooth is crafted and placed individually to create the variation that occurs naturally. The colors of both the teeth and the gums are selected to appear real.
Even better, the fit of modern dentures has also been greatly improved. Your dentures or partials will fit securely and won’t slide around in your mouth. This means you can speak confidently without fear of embarrassing mishaps, and you can enjoy foods that were once problematic for people with dentures.
If you like, dentures and partials can also be held in place with dental implants. These appliances are referred to as “implant-retained” and are not removed like other dentures and partials. If you are interested in this option, let us know. It’s a great way to get the benefits of implants without the expense of a full set.
Caring for Dentures
Dentures require daily care to keep them looking their best. It’s important to also care for your gums and any remaining teeth as well to prevent bad breath, decay, and gum disease.
Only use products that are specifically designed to clean dentures. A regular toothbrush can be too abrasive and may damage the finish of your dentures. Your dentures should be kept moist whenever they are not in your mouth since allowing them to dry out could cause them to warp.
Only wash, rinse, and soak your dentures in cool to lukewarm water. Warm or hot water can warp your dentures. Be especially careful not to drop your dentures while you are cleaning them. If you do happen to drop them, call our office so we can check your dentures and make sure that they are not damaged. Sometimes damage from a fall is not immediately visible but could cause changes in the way your dentures fit, leading to discomfort and sores.
Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your remaining teeth, gums, cheeks, and palate. This will reduce bacteria, keep your breath fresh, and prevent oral disease. If your mouth needs extra care, we will discuss this with you at your appointment.
There’s no reason to feel uncomfortable about your missing teeth. Call our office for an examination and consultation and find out how dentures or partials can restore your smile.