Dentures Restore the Appearance and Function of Your Smile
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted.
When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Types of Dentures Offered
There are several types of dentures available, depending on the specific needs and preferences of our patients.Patients can take advantage of a range of denture options, depending on their oral health needs.
This is likely what you picture when you think of dentures. This conventional prosthesis replaces a full arch of missing teeth and rests directly on top of the gum, supported by the underlying bone ridge. While usually held in place with suction alone, dental adhesives can keep the dentures more firmly in place.
Where full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth, partial dentures address sporadic tooth loss. Those who are missing several teeth can benefit from these appliances. Like traditional full dentures, they rely on the gums and jawbone for support. However, special dental clasps can be hooked around the adjacent teeth for added stability.
Immediate dentures are any traditional full or partial dentures that can be provided on the same day as your initial appointment.
Unlike traditional dentures, these appliances are attached to dental implants, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Implant-supported dentures provide maximum stability, eliminating the need for dental adhesives altogether. Patients who choose this option can eat and speak in confidence. There is no need to worry about shifting, slipping, or wobbling.
Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining.
- Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to gently brush all the surfaces of the dentures so they don’t get scratched.
- When brushing, clean your mouth thoroughly—including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque. This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.
- When you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in a safe place covered in water to keep them from warping.
- Occasionally, denture wearers may use adhesives. Adhesives come in many forms: creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions, and use them exactly as directed. Your dentist can recommend appropriate cleansers and adhesives; look for products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.