Dentures in Mirror Lake
Dentures have been an important part of oral care for centuries, and today they remain a popular choice for many people who are missing teeth. If you're considering removable teeth, it's important to know what to expect from the process and how to take care of your new teeth. Dr. Hannah Doan at Avalon Family Dentistry can help you every step of the way. She will guide you through the process and teach you how to care for them so you can enjoy good oral health for years to come.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth. They can be made from acrylic, metal, or plastic and come in various styles to suit your needs. They are held in place by suction or with adhesive denture paste.
- Complete Denture
A complete denture is the only option if you're missing all your teeth. These false teeth are held in place by suction or adhesive paste to prevent them from slipping around while chewing and talking. They include artificial gums and replacements for individual top and bottom teeth.
- Partial Denture
If you're missing a few teeth, partial dentures may be the best option for restoring your smile. Partial dentures fill in spaces where natural teeth are still present to prevent shifting and improve chewing ability. They consist of replacement teeth attached to gum-colored plastic bases that hide well below gums. These can be attached to dental implants or retained with clasps that grip teeth.
What to Expect During the Partial Dentures Procedure
The denture-fitting process is similar to getting fitted for a retainer. You'll come into our office and discuss your needs with Dr. Doan. Then, she'll make impressions of your gums and take measurements. She will also take pictures of your teeth to create a custom denture for you.
Once the impressions and measurements are taken, it will usually take about two weeks to complete the procedure. You may be given a temporary set of teeth to wear during this time. Once your new ones are ready, we'll have you come in for a fitting to make sure they fit well and are comfortable.
How to Care for Dentures
Just like natural teeth, these removable teeth require regular brushing and flossing. It would help if you also used a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaner to remove plaque and bacteria. Be sure to keep them in a safe place when you're not wearing them, such as in a denture case.
Do You Need Help With Partial Dentures?
If you have any questions about full or partial dentures or how to care for them, don't hesitate to ask Dr. Doan at Avalon Family Dentistry, proudly serving the Mirror Lake area. She will be happy to help you keep your new smile healthy and beautiful. Call (253) 941-6365 today!