Dentures are tooth prosthetics that provide a natural look for older patients who have lost their teeth or who have had them extracted due to gum disease or other health reasons. Dentures come in both partial and complete varieties that are made to fit over the gums. Complete dentures use suction to remain in place, while partial dentures may use metal clasps or adhesives to attach them to remaining teeth. Both complete and partial dentures can also be fixed or removable.
Did You Know?
Dental implants can be used in coordination with dentures in order “fix” them into the jawbone. Oftentimes, smaller implants are used to accommodate people who have less bone mass in the jaws.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for dentures?
You may be a candidate for dentures if you have lost multiple or all the teeth in your mouth. Dentures may also be an option if you have had a tooth extraction due to gum disease and are looking for an easy tooth-replacement option. To determine if you are a candidate for dentures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dickey of Dickey Dental today!
What can I expect when getting dentures at Dickey Dental?
When getting dentures at Dickey Dental, you can expect to first have any decayed or damaged teeth removed from the mouth. A mold will then be taken of your remaining gum structure as well as the roof of your mouth so that a dental lab can create a set of dentures. After the lab has completed producing your dentures, you will return to Dickey Dental for final fitting and adjustment.
How do I care for my new dentures?
After getting dentures, there will be an adjustment period while you learn how to speak and eat properly. It is recommended to start off by eating soft foods and gradually progress to harder foods as you become more comfortable with your dentures. You may also need to practice reading out loud to learn how to speak clearly with your dentures.
To care for your dentures, you will need to brush them with a soft bristle toothbrush and warm water. Your dentures should be placed in water or denture solution while you sleep or anytime they are not in your mouth. Dentures generally need to be replaced every few years.