Are you missing full arches of teeth? Do you have removable dentures that slip?
At Seaside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer full and partial dentures to patients in Hampstead, NC. Dr. Lauren Francis works with her patients to find the best type of denture for their needs.
Dentures are dental restorations used to restore multiple missing teeth or even full arches of lost teeth. Restoring missing or lost teeth with full or partial dentures helps not only to improve the appearance of the smile but also to retain the function of the bite.
Different Types of Dentures
Full dentures replace arches of missing teeth. Partial dentures benefit patients with multiple missing teeth and are also called dental bridges. Traditionally, full or complete dentures require adhesives to stay in the mouth. Both full and partial dentures are made of prosthetic teeth attached to a framework.
Although dentures may also be fixed or removable, our team recommends fixed dentures because they provide long-term benefits. Traditional removable dentures can move around the mouth, which restricts speech and can make it difficult to eat. They also require messy adhesives to stay in place.
We can replace many or all of the teeth in one single arch with fixed dentures. Fixed dentures provide more stability and durability than removable dentures.
Treatment with Dentures
Before restorative treatment, Dr. Francis always ensures that her patients are in good oral and physical health. He can provide treatments to remove infection and thoroughly clean the mouth. Then, Dr. Francis takes impressions of the teeth and gums. These impressions are sent to a dental lab, where custom dentures are created.
Once complete, Dr. Francis ensures that the dentures fit properly and feel comfortable in the mouth. He will also instruct you on how to properly care for your new restoration.
How long does it take to get comfortable with dentures?
It does take time to get used to the new restoration in your mouth. Even with advancements in dentistry, a denture may still feel bulky to you. Give it about a month for your mouth to fully get used to the new restoration. It takes time for you to fully adjust to eating and talking with something that isn’t your natural teeth.
How do I break in new dentures?
Start small when it comes to eating with your new dentures. Focus on soft foods like eggs, yogurt, or applesauce. Avoid sticky foods, particularly in these early days. Take small bites and chew slowly to give yourself time to adjust to using your dentures. Be sure to chew on both sides of your mouth, keeping the dentures even so that they don’t shift.
How many hours a day should you wear your dentures?
If you have implant-supported dentures, these are fixed and don’t get removed. For removable dentures, take them out at the end of your day when you go to sleep. Leaving dentures in too long irritates the soft tissues in your gums. You can develop sores and wearing the dentures can then cause pain. Taking them out while you sleep gives the skin time to rest.
How do I clean my dentures?
If you have a fixed denture, you can simply brush your teeth as you would normally. For removable dentures, take them out at the end of your day to clean them. There are special brushes to use to help you get rid of any adhesive you use to keep your dentures in place. Soak your dentures overnight to make sure that they’re clean and ready to wear the next day.
Can dentures change my face?
Yes, dentures change your face in a good way. When you’re missing teeth, the jawbone starts to deteriorate in that area. Your face sags and that makes you look older than you really are. Dentures fill your face back out, eliminating that sagging look. You can also see it in your face if your dentures are too big or small for your mouth.
Are dentures the right choice for me?
Dentures are an ideal choice for those that are missing a full arch of teeth. Implant-supported dentures give extra stability and are recommended for those that are eligible for them.
We perform a full oral evaluation to determine if you have the bone density for implants, we discuss your budget and goals and determine whether dentures are the best choice for your unique case.
How long after new dentures can you eat?
Regaining your ability to eat solid foods typically takes between three and four weeks. When you’re ready to eat solids again, it will be easier to chew if you cut them into smaller pieces than usual. It is important to stick to a soft diet until you are ready to begin chewing.
Why is there so much saliva with new dentures?
When you first start using dentures, it’s normal to produce more saliva than usual. This is because, at first, your new dentures will feel very unnatural in your mouth. Your salivary glands will eventually adapt and stop producing as much saliva.
Call Our Dental Office
Replace full rows or even arches of missing teeth with full or partial dentures. Ask our team about how dentures can be added to your treatment plan. Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Francis and her team on our website. You may also contact our office by calling 910-335-4392.
Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.