Missing teeth and decaying teeth can have a tremendous impact on your smile and overall confidence. If you or a loved one feel it may be time to talk to your dentist about dentures, contact the dental professionals at Gentle Care Dentists in Arlington today. Our dental care experts will take the time to thoroughly examine the health of your teeth and gums before recommending the best dental solution for you. Contact our dental specialists today to schedule your appointment!
How Can Dentures Help Me?
Dentures are removable appliances that can help replace missing teeth due to instances of gum disease, tooth decay, injury and more. At Gentle Care Dentists, all of our dentures are custom fitted from an impression of your mouth in our state-of-the-art dental laboratory, so you can rest assured they will be a comfortable and snug fit.
Types Of Dentures
While there are a variety of denture options to choose from, our certified dental hygienists can help you determine which type of denture is best for you.
Conventional Full Dentures
The most common type of dentures available, conventional full dentures provide a full set of functional and removable teeth. Ideal for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth, these dentures are created from a gum colored acrylic material that can hold both porcelain and acrylic teeth. Suction is used to hold to top denture in place at the roof of your mouth, however some dental patients may require dental adhesives to help keep them from moving, especially in the lower jaw.
If there’s a small portion of your mouth with missing or decaying teeth, partial dentures may be the best option for your oral needs. A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your teeth naturally, offering an alternative and removable solution to dental bridges. Contact our dental experts to learn more dentures or to schedule an appointment!
Sometimes patients still have a few healthy teeth that they would like to keep rather than removing and getting conventional full dentures. In this case you dentist may recommend an overdenture. An overdenture fits over your remaining natural teeth, hence the name. This allows patients to replace their missing teeth with dentures while keeping what’s left of their natural teeth. The good part about this option is that your natural teeth will provide stability and support for the denture.
Some of our dental patients may choose to have immediate dentures installed as a temporary prosthesis while they recover from dental implants. Also known as temporary dentures, immediate dentures are carefully inserted into your mouth after oral surgery, so you don’t have to be without functional teeth while you recover. This type of denture can come in the form of full dentures or partial dentures, depending on your individual needs. While immediate dentures will help to restore your smile right away, they will not be a complete customized solution for your teeth and gums.
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The Denture Process
The first step in getting your dentures is to make an appointment with you dentist to talk about your denture options. Once dentures are decided on your dentists will analyze your jaw, take impressions, and take measurements.
After this your dentist will create molds, wax forms, and plastic patterns of the dentures for you to try on to make sure they fit properly and are comfortable. You will have multiple fittings before your final dentures are created.
Adjusting to New Dentures
Like braces, implants, or other dental procedure, it takes time to adjust to your new dentures. You may experience mild irritation at first during the adjustment period. You will also have to get used to eating with your dentures. Our dentists suggest easing your way into eating with dentures by eating small pieces of food and avoiding sticky or hard foods.
Denture Care & Hygiene
Even though they aren’t your natural teeth you must still practice good dental hygiene to keep your gums and your dentures healthy. Good denture hygiene will also help reduce denture staining from food and drinks. Follow our denture care tips below to ensure good dental hygiene.
- Before you insert your dentures in the morning, brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled brush. This stimulates circulation and helps remove plaque buildup.
- Brush your dentures daily to remove food particles and plaque buildup.
- Rinse dentures before brushing.
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush – this is good for gum health and will help keep your dentures from getting scratched from too hard of bristles.
- Use a non-abrasive cleanser – this will help keep your dentures from getting scratched.
- When not wearing your dentures, store them in a safe place fully submerged in water to keep them from warping.
- Schedule regular denture checkups. It’s still important to see your dentist regularly to see how the dentures are holding up, if they’re still fitting correctly, and to check on the health of your gums.
If you think you would benefit from dentures give us a call today at 703-822-5583 to learn more or fill out our online contact form.