Getting dentures to replace missing teeth is important for your overall health, so you can eat and talk properly. It’s also a great way to look and feel younger. Dr. Leslie McDougall at Morrow County Dental offers several types of natural-looking and comfortable dentures, including implant-retained dentures. To learn more about your denture options, call her office in Morrow County, Ohio, to schedule an appointment.
Dentures are made from an acrylic or plastic resin base that’s customized to fit over your gums and hold prosthetic teeth. The teeth are made of resin or porcelain that looks natural and matches any remaining teeth. You can obtain several types of dentures:
Partial dentures, or “partials,” are used when you only need to replace a few teeth. If you don’t get implants, partials attach to your existing teeth, so they must be healthy enough to support the dentures.
A full set of dentures replaces all of your upper teeth, your lower teeth, or your full mouth.
Dental implants can be used to anchor partial and full dentures, which are made to snap on and off the implant.
You should be prepared for the process to take at least several months. If any of your teeth are extracted, you’ll need to wait several months for your gums to heal. The shape of your tissues change during healing, which affects the fit of your dentures.
If you don’t need an extraction, or when your gums have healed, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth, and you choose the color of your new teeth. Then the impression is sent to an off-site lab that produces your dentures.
After your dentures are ready, you’ll go through a fitting process. Your dentist at Morrow County Dental may shave or adjust parts of the dentures to be sure they’re comfortable and fit properly.
Same-day dentures may be created in the office and provided at the time your teeth are extracted, so you have temporary dentures to wear while you heal. Getting same-day dentures isn’t possible for everyone, however, so please talk with your dentist ahead of your appointment to learn whether you may be a good candidate.
It’s important to keep your dentures moist, so when they’re not in your mouth, they should be placed in cold water or a soaking solution. Routine cleaning is essential to remove food and bacteria.
Brushing your dentures with a soft-bristled brush removes the bacteria and also helps prevent staining. You should also give your dentures a regular deep cleaning using a product specifically designed for dentures.