What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all or most of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Dentures make it easier to eat and speak — things that people often take for granted.
When you lose 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
New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted.
This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. We will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
Removable Partial Dentures
This removable denture replaces some missing teeth while leaving your remaining, healthy teeth in your mouth. We take impressions of your teeth, then our lab fabricates partial dentures made of either a metal framework or resin-based partial based on your needs. When we make the partial denture, we try to anticipate future concerns by designing the partial to be able to add teeth onto it if you lose other teeth in the future.
Implant Supported Dentures
Titanium posts (implants) are inserted into the jaw, where the bone will heal around them. After the implants have healed, your denture is modified to snap onto the implant abutment. The denture will be secure but may be removed for cleaning with a simple “snap.”
Process of Getting Dentures
Your dental professional will take x-rays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine implant position. Occasionally, a bone or gum tissue graft will be needed to create an adequate site for the dental implants.
Dental implants are placed into the bone in a relatively pain-free procedure. The bone and gums will be given time to heal before a denture is secured. Your current denture may be modified to fit over your new dental implants allowing the denture to function and the dental implants to heal.
Your final denture will be secured in one of two ways depending on your treatment. Your doctor will provide you a new overdenture that will “snap” onto your dental implants. If you have chosen a more advanced method, your new overdenture will be secured in place using screws that fit into the dental implants.
Don’t panic. Call your dentist immediately. Explain to your dentist the type of damage: a crack, missing tooth or teeth, a chip in the acrylic, etc. Your dentist will determine what repairs are needed. While you may wish to try and repair your dentures at home, this is unadvisable. Poorly repaired dentures may not fit correctly, or become damaged again.
Why is it important to get dentures repaired quickly?
You’ll want to get your dentures repaired as soon as possible. Wearing damaged dentures can cause pain and, if left unresolved for too long, can even cause more severe oral problems. Wearing damaged dentures, or not wearing your dentures at all because of damage, can also affect your self-confidence. For your physical and mental well-being, it is strongly recommended to treat your broken or damaged dentures as a dental emergency.
Denture Repair Process
Most dental offices do not repair dentures on-site. Typically, your dentist will send your dentures back to the lab where they were made. Technicians at the lab will realign your dentures, pour a silicone compound or plaster mix inside the denture to create a mold, then fix the crack with new acrylic. Repaired dentures will fit similar to how they did before they were damaged and may be stronger than before. However, it may take up to 14 days before your dentures are returned to you.
The Benefits of an In-Office Denture Repair Lab
The difference at Creating Smiles Dental is our in-office dental lab. We create dentures for our patients right in the office. Our expert technicians can repair your dentures in a fraction of the time of a typical, off-site lab. Some repairs can even be made the same day as your visit!
If your dentures crack, fracture, chip or become otherwise damaged, you don’t have to panic. We are ready to provide you with high-quality denture repair, excellent service, and expert dental care–all available right in our local office. Call the Creating Smiles Dental for a free denture consultation!
Same Day Denture Repair
Additionally, we can provide same-day repairs of dentures. If patients bring in the denture in the morning, and it is something that can be repaired (for example: tooth falls off denture), we will have it back to our patients by the end-of the day.
Tips on How to Maintain Dentures
- Handle your dentures with care. Do not bend or squeeze them.
- Remove and rinse dentures after meals.
- Brush your dentures daily. Avoid abrasive cleaners and toothpaste. Use a soft bristle brush to clean the dentures.
- Brush and clean your gums, tongue, and palate.