Dentures are an effective and affordable way of replacing missing teeth. Composed of a durable plastic resin and sometimes porcelain, both partial and full dentures can be fabricated to look and feel natural. Today’s dentures are custom-fit to make it possible for most to eat foods with confidence and speak articulately.
Did you know…
that more than 60 percent of American adults are missing one or more teeth? Approximately 10 percent are missing all of their teeth – requiring a prosthetic solution that will restore function and aesthetics to their smiles. Many of those dental patients choose partial or full dentures to replace missing teeth. In fact, it is estimated that 35 million Americans currently wear partial or full dentures – a number that is only expected to rise as baby boomers begin to reach retirement.
If your full set of teeth are missing, damaged, cracked, or diseased, your dentist may recommend full dentures. These dentures are used to replace an entire upper and lower set of teeth, and they feature a flesh-colored acrylic base that will cover your gums and the roof of your mouth. Before your dentist takes the time to fit your new dentures, he or she will remove any remaining teeth from your mouth.
Implant-supported dentures, as you may have guessed, are dentures that can be attached to implants in a patient’s jawbone. One benefit to these types of dentures is that they tend to be more stable than other options, especially when it comes to the lower jaw. Candidates for implant-supported dentures should have healthy gums, a strong jaw bone, and healthy oral care routines.
Partial dentures rest on surrounding teeth to fill in gaps where one or more teeth are missing. Partial dentures are fully removable by the wearer and are affordable alternatives to other types of dental prosthetics, such as implants or bridges. It takes a little time to adapt to new partials, but many people find that they reclaim much of their original function and esthetics with partial dentures in place. There are several different types of partial dentures, both with and without metal. Want to learn more about affordable partial dentures? Our doctors are happy to discuss your options with you.
Did you know?
Partial dentures require gentle care and frequent cleaning. Once you get your new partial dentures, you’ll need to:
- Keep them moist at all times by soaking them in a denture solution or water when not in use
- Gently brush your dentures daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush (do not use toothpaste)
- Be careful not to drop your partial dentures, as they may break
- Avoid exposing your partial to hot temperatures that could cause warping
For more on how to take care of partial dentures, contact us!
The Benefits of Dentures
Dentures are a popular dental treatment for people who suffer from missing or damaged teeth. At Montana Dental Works in Kalispell, we specialize in denture applications, and when you visit our dental office, we’ll do everything we can to make you feel comfortable.
Dentures offer a variety of benefits, including:
They Can Help Restore the Function of Your Teeth
If you have trouble eating, drinking, or talking due to missing or damaged teeth, dentures may be a wonderful option for you because they are designed to look and function just like regular teeth. As a result, they can restore regular functionality to your mouth, so you can bite, chew, and speak with confidence.
Dentures Will Improve Your Speech
When you suffer from major dental issues, it can be a challenge trying to maintain a regular conversation. This is especially true of you have gaps or missing teeth. With the help of dentures, you can speak more clearly and effectively.
Enjoy Little to No Diet Restrictions
Another reason many people love dentures is because they can withstand as much wear and tear as regular teeth. When your teeth are broken or damaged, you may find yourself avoiding certain foods and beverages because they cause you discomfort. This can cause you to give up some of your favorite foods and beverages, like apples, sweet candy, and even carbonated soft drinks. With dentures, however, you’ll still have the ability to eat your favorite foods without worrying about further damage to your teeth.
Montana Dental Works is a leading provider of general and cosmetic dentistry in Kalispell and the surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment at our dental office today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need to follow any special oral health instructions after receiving my new partial dentures?
Yes. Good oral health is still important – even if you have a few missing teeth. In addition to caring for your new dental prosthetic, you’ll also need to brush your gums and tongue twice daily to stimulate circulation and remove bacteria that could cause gum disease. Continue seeing your dentist at least twice yearly for exams and cleanings, and be sure to bring your partial dentures along to each visit. After a few years, you may find that your dentures need to be rebased or relined to better fit the changes of the bone structure in your mouth.
What should I expect when being fit for partial dentures?
If you decide to get a partial denture, you’ll have impressions (molds) taken of your teeth. The impressions will be sent to a dental lab, where a technician will fabricate your partial denture, including a gum-colored base that will fit securely over your gums. Your partial will have clasps that hook around some of your remaining teeth to help give it a secure fit.
Am I a candidate for partial dentures?
You may be a candidate for partial dentures if you have one or more missing teeth, and the space they once filled is surrounded by other teeth or permanent restorations. To find out more about whether partial dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation with our dentists.
Will I need to follow any special instructions to care for my new dentures?
Yes. Dentures are removable dental prosthetics that will need to be cleaned and brushed (do not use toothpaste) daily. It is recommended that you remove your dentures at night, and also brush your gums daily to prevent infections caused by bacteria. Your dentures should be kept in water when they aren’t in use to prevent them from warping. Keep in mind that it may take some time to adjust to dentures as you learn how to use the muscles in your cheeks and tongue to keep them in place. But over time, you should begin to feel more comfortable.
What should I expect when being fit for dentures?
You will have impressions (or molds) of your remaining gum structure, as well as the roof of your mouth taken. This mold will be sent to a dental lab for denture fabrication. There are typically 3-4 additional visits that will take place to make sure you like the look and feel of your new dentures.
Am I a candidate for dentures?
You may be a candidate for dentures if you are missing one or more teeth and are in need of an affordable prosthetic solution. To find out if dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation with your local dentist.