So you want to know more about dentures? Have you recently lost all of your teeth or are considering having them pulled and replacing them with dentures? Well, if the answer is yes to those questions, you are in the right place. Redford Dental Care is happy to offer dentures to replace patient’s missing teeth to give them back complete functionality and appearance to their smile. It’s important to note how far dentures have come in the past 50 years, they no longer fall out at inconvenient times or look completely fake. Dentures look natural and fit better than ever thanks to advancements in dental technology. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about dentures from our Carmichael dentist.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial gums and teeth that can replace an entire jaw full of teeth or just a small section. They are used to replace removed or lost teeth to help you regain back the function and appearance of your smile. They are a cost-effective solution sought out by many patients with Redford Dental Care. If you are missing an entire jaw or just a section of teeth, dentures might be for you.
What are Dentures Made Of?
In the past, dentures were made of plastic or porcelain, which gave them a bit of a fake look to them. Today, modern dentures are made of a hard resin. The materials dentures are made of are known to be more fragile than natural teeth. They can crack or chip if dropped or badly cared for. The material also wears down faster than natural teeth so they will need to be replaced every 5 years or so. The supporting structure of the dentures that holds the artificial teeth in place looks like your natural gum line and is made out of similar gum line as the teeth. It can also be made of a flexible polymer material that gives a snugger fit on the gum line.
Before giving you dentures, your Carmichael dentist will give you a complete dental examination. This will include evaluating your teeth to see what is exactly going on and if any teeth need to be pulled. Usually, if you only have a couple of teeth left and you have a history of dental decay, Dr. Redford might suggest just pulling the rest of your teeth and setting you up with full dentures. This option makes more sense if you are going to end up with full dentures anyway.
After evaluating your smile and performing any necessary procedures, like pulling teeth or fixing other decayed teeth, your Carmichael dentist will take impressions of your gums to have the full or partial dentures made. The lab will then create the perfect fit for your mouth as well as teeth that will look completely natural and match your old smile. It may take a week or two for your permanent dentures to return from the lab. In the meantime, you will be set up with a pair of temporary full or partial dentures for you to get used to the feeling. It can take up to a few weeks to get used to talking, chewing and smiling with dentures so just try to talk as much as possible to get used to it.
When you only have a few missing teeth, you will need a replacement option like partial dentures, a dental bridge or dental implant. They are usually the solution used when their nearby teeth are not strong enough to support a dental bridge or the patient does not want dental implants. Partial dentures are similar to full dentures, they are fitted to the gum line and fasten to your existing teeth to keep from falling out of place. They feel similar to a retainer. Not permanently fastened, they are easy to remove for cleaning. They look just like natural teeth and it’s hard to distinguish them from your natural teeth when they are in place. Partial dentures are an ideal solution for patients with some missing teeth who want a cost-effective solution that is also effective for treatment.
Full dentures are also known as complete dentures and they are used to replace an entire jaw full of teeth. They are held in place with an adhesive or suction. Also like partial dentures, patients will find that they are easy to remove and clean. Patients who are a candidate for full dentures are missing either their entire top or bottom jaw of teeth, or both.
There are other types of full and partial dentures that differ from the traditional dentures. Immediate dentures are made before the existing teeth are removed for dentures. These are then used immediately following the extraction of your teeth. These dentures can be easily refitted and can also more easily accommodate mouth changes like swelling of the gums and jaw. These immediate dentures are worn until you are completely healed and ready for your permanent dentures.
If regular dentures are too uncomfortable for you to wear or you have a few existing teeth left, overdentures might be for you. Overdentures are fitted to your existing natural teeth and use these or dental implants to fit over. This makes for a more comfortable fit that is also still easily removable.
All On Four Dentures or Implant Supported Dentures
If you have an entire jaw full of missing teeth and want the most secure solution, implant supported dentures. The dentures are fixed to the dental implants for a permanent and secure solution. The dental implants are anchored in the jawbone and comprise of a metal post (usually titanium). Implant supported dentures are simply just traditional dentures attached to the dental implants. Many patients opt for these when they want their dentures to feel more secure and natural. Once installed, the implant supported dentures cannot be removed unless it’s by your dentist. All on Four Dentures are similar to implant supported dentures, however; they are attached to your jaw with only 4 implants.
Am I a Candidate for Dentures?
There are many candidates out there for dentures. Our Carmichael patients should know that dentures are not limited to certain age groups. The patients who are the best candidates for dentures are those who are missing an entire jaw of teeth or most of their teeth. They may need partial or full dentures. With so many options available, modern-day dentures are a great solution for missing teeth. Dentures are also an ideal solution for patients who have an entire jaw of broken, decayed or infected teeth. Dr. Redford might recommend you pull all of your teeth and then replace them with dentures.
Benefits of Dentures
There are many benefits of dentures and you can experience them for yourself when you receive a treatment at Redford Dental Care in Carmichael. One of the top benefits of dentures is the increase in self-confidence. Once your smile has been restored and you can chew at ease and smile without gaps, your self-confidence will help you feel more attractive and confident in yourself. Another benefit is that you won’t need to restrict your diet from foods you were unable to eat when you had missing teeth. You will be able to eat all the foods you love again like steak, corn on the cob, and even popcorn!
Another benefit of dentures is that it will help you with any speaking problems you may have developed from your lack of teeth. Although the first few weeks of wearing dentures may cause you to speak with a lisp, in the long run, all your speaking problems will disappear. The last benefit of dentures is that they can last for a long time. Some dentures can last as long as ten years!
How to Care for Your Dentures
Caring for your dentures is surprisingly easy! The only care you need to follow is taking your dentures out every night and placing them in a glass of cold water with a bit of mild cleaning solution. You can pick up over the counter dentures cleaning solutions. This is an easy way to ensure they are clean while your mouth has some resting time. In the morning, you will need to brush your dentures with a toothbrush. Make sure you brush them over a bowl and not the sink if they fall there is a high chance they might crack. Brushing is important to keep your breath fresh and your dentures clean of food and bacteria. Make sure you visit your dentist in Carmichael regularly to ensure your dentures still fit correctly and are in good shape.
It’s important to care for your dentures as much as possible. Without proper care, you are susceptible to developing gum disease and you can still put any existing teeth you have left in danger. Even if you have lost all of your teeth, you still need to take care of your gums and tongue to ensure complete oral health. You should still brush your tongue and gums with toothpaste and a toothbrush. You should also use mouthwash regularly to kill germs and bad breath.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures
Can I Sleep in My Dentures?
Yes, you can sleep with your dentures in, however, we recommend that patients take their dentures out at night to give their mouth a rest. Most patients find that dentures are a bit uncomfortable and having some time without them in is a nice break. This will allow your gums and bone time to relax without feeling the pressure of the dentures.
Can I Receive Dentures After Not Having Teeth for a Long Time?
Yes, it is possible for patients to still receive dentures. Although, after not having teeth, your jaw and bone will begin to shrink. Don’t worry, our dentist can still give you the dentures you need with a perfect fix. With today’s technology, dentures can have the perfect fit, giving you the security you need that they won’t fall out.
How Long do Dentures Last?
Like natural teeth, dentures also wear down and stain after years. You will most likely need adjustments over time need adjustments to your dentures. Most dentures last between 5 to 7 years.
Will My Dentures Look Natural?
The dentures you receive from Redford Dental Care are custom made to fit your smile in a natural way. We custom craft the dentures to match your gums and to give you a smile that looks completely natural.
Is it Hard to Eat with Dentures?
Adjusting to eating with dentures can be a hard process, but you will get used to the feeling within a few weeks. Dr. Redford will give you some pointers and tips on how to eat properly with dentures.
Why Won’t My Dentures Stay In?
If you are having problems with your dentures staying in with all adhesives, this may be a sign you need to have your dentures relined. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Redford if you feel like your dentures aren’t fitting correctly and he will help you find the right solution for you.
Is Getting Dentures Painful?
After you are first fitted for dentures, you may experience mild irritation which will disappear after your mouth has become accustomed. If this is your first time wearing dentures, you may experience a bit of pain until you get used to wearing them.
Contact Redford Dental Care for Dentures
If you have lost an entire jaw full of teeth or have lots of missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dentures. Contact Redford Dental Care in Carmichael today to schedule an appointment to find out if dentures are right for you. Dr. Redford can tell you all of the different denture options we have available and then walk you through the process and procedure. Schedule your appointment today to replenish your smile.