Cosmetic dentistry is all about making you want to smile! A confident, healthy, beautiful smile is always important, especially for patients wearing dentures. Modern Dental Care provides personalized denture services that meet the needs and comfort levels of our patients. All of our patients are unique, and we create one-of-a-kind dentures that feel good and look natural.
What are dentures?
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
- Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use.
- Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges. *There is a third form of dentures called implant supported dentures, which are an option for those that have a good jawbone to support implants. Learn more about these dentures here.
How do I know if dentures are the right choice for me? and how do I choose the right dentures?
Dentures are not for everyone. If you're interested in learning more about dentures and want to know if they are the right choice for you, please schedule an appointment. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have and can determine the best course of treatment for your ongoing dental health. Request an appointment with Dr. Edington today and he will help you decide if dentures will work for you.
The Process of Getting New Dentures
How do you know when to get dentures? Some of the signs that it may be time to consider getting dentures include:
- Loose or moving teeth
- Several missing teeth
- Red and swollen gums
- Severe and persistent tooth aches
- Difficulty chewing food
Caring For Your Dentures
Dentures, just like natural teeth, require daily maintenance to stay clean and to keep bacteria from growing inside of your mouth. Here’s how you can keep your dentures clean and your smile healthy:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a clean, folded towel or a sink full of water. This way, if you accidentally drop your dentures, they are less likely to break.
- Your dentures are not immune from plaque and tartar build-up, so it's important that you brush your dentures every day. To brush your dentures, use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush the surfaces of the dentures. Be careful not to break or bend the plastic. Between brushings, it's important to rinse your dentures after each meal.
- Use a gentle cleanser to clean your dentures. Many toothpastes, household cleaners, and mouthwashes can be too hard on your dentures, so it is recommended that you use a mild hand or dish soap to get your dentures clean. Be sure to check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval to choose products that are safe for your dentures, or ask Dr. Edington about which products may be best for you.
- When you are not wearing your dentures, they need to be kept moist. Dentures that are not kept in a denture cleaning solution or in water can dry out, lose their shape, or even crack and break. Certain styles of dentures require certain soaking solutions, so follow instructions from Dr. Edington to know which solution is best for you.
- Even if you have a full set of dentures, it's important to keep your gums and tongue clean. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your gums and tongue every day.
If your dentures do break, please contact our practice as soon as possible and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Broken dentures that don't fit properly can irritate your gums and mouth. Also, remember to continue scheduling regular dental checkups every 6 months to make sure that your smile stays healthy for many years to come.