Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They are made out of an acrylic resin and may at times incorporate porcelain or metal for additional structural support. There are two main types of dentures, complete and partial.
Complete dentures and partial dentures are finely crafted and custom-fitted to the patient. Dentures can appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Dentures also help strengthen muscles controlling your facial expressions and help correct pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth.
Dentures may require that some teeth be extracted to improve their fit and functionality.
WHO IS a good candidate for dentures?
If you are missing one or more teeth and you are not interested in alternatives like dental bridges or implants, you may be a good candidate for partial implants. If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you might be best suited to receive complete dentures or alternative types of dentures like overdentures or implant-retained dentures.
To ensure that you are a good candidate for dentures and to explore your other options, it’s important to see a qualified, experienced denture specialist like Dr. Higgs at Aquila Dental. Based on your oral health and the extent of your tooth loss, he can help you determine which treatment is right for you.
HOW DO I care for my dentures?
Wondering how to care for your dentures? There are a few things that you should do for every type of denture. You should remove your dentures and rinse them after eating to remove food debris from your mouth, and clean your mouth and any remaining teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
You should also brush your dentures at least once daily, and soak them overnight to ensure they retain the proper shape. It is also important to schedule regular dental checkups to keep your mouth healthy and strong.
If you have overdentures, you will also need to make sure you clean all of your remaining teeth with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to keep them healthy. If you have implant-retained dentures, you should brush around your gums and implants to remove food debris and bacteria. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash is a good idea, too, as it helps kill bacteria that could attack your gums, teeth, and/or implants.
After you’ve had your dentures built, Dr. Higgs will provide you with a comprehensive guide to denture care. Make sure you follow his instructions to keep your mouth healthy and to keep your dentures in great shape. In addition, come see the team at Aquila Dental for a consultation every six months so we can check on your oral health, and ensure your dentures are still looking good.
HOW LONG will my dentures last?
The lifespan of a set of dentures is highly-dependent on how well you care for your dentures and your mouth. In most cases, dentures will last somewhere between 5-8 years. They may need to be replaced if they become damaged or chipped due to normal wear and tear, or if your gums begin to shrink or change shape.
However, with proper denture care, your dentures may be able to last 10 years or more. We recommend seeing Dr. Higgs for an appointment every six months to check on the condition of your dentures. If he thinks that they are still in good shape, you can continue to wear them. But if he sees signs of significant wear and tear, or your dentures are no longer fitting properly and are causing problems like “hot spots” of irritation on your gums, he may recommend the replacement of your dentures.
EXPLORE your denture options
At Aquila Dental, we strive to provide patients with comfortable, natural-looking dentures that provide stability in their lives. Reliable dentures can change lives. Learn more about the denture options we offer at Aquila Dental in Chandler!
Complete dentures are replacements for all of your teeth, upper and lower. Their comfort depends on muscle, bones, tongue, and saliva. Patients begin wearing conventional dentures after healing of the gums, if teeth were extracted first.
Immediate dentures are placed at the same time that teeth are extracted, and may require additional adjustments after the healing process. It can take months for your bone and tissue to stabilize after tooth extractions.
Upper dentures, tend to be a bit easier to adjust to. These are made of the same materials as a Complete Denture, but are designed to provide you with upper teeth only.
Over dentures are a type of conventional denture similar to complete dentures. The difference is that not all teeth are extracted and one or more natural teeth are used for their support. This type of denture provides greater stabilization during chewing. Over dentures cost more and typically require more dentist appointments for preparation until the procedure is fully complete.
Partial dentures are designed to correct the gaps in your smile when only some of your teeth are missing. Metal attachments anchor the dentures to your natural teeth. Partial dentures, also called a Removable Bridge, maintain tooth alignment by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting. Partial dentures can also help prevent loss of more teeth due to decay or gum disease.
EXPLORE implant-retained dentures
An implant-retained denture is a denture held in place by dental implants. These dentures may be removable by the patient or fixed and are removable only by the dentist. Prior to the advent of implants, a patient who had lost all of his or her teeth was limited to wearing complete dentures and the stability and retention of those dentures was unpredictable at best and impossible at worst. With the use of as few as two implants we are able to construct a removable denture which snaps into place and provides excellent retention and stability. With the use of more implants, it is possible to fabricate a fixed denture or a fixed bridge, which is just like having one’s own teeth.
Compared to conventional removable dentures, implant-retained dentures are far superior. A person’s chewing ability with complete conventional dentures is only about 15% of a person with natural teeth. Implant-retained dentures allow a person to function up to 100% as well as with complete natural teeth.
The procedure involves consulting with Dr. Higgs to determine the best course of treatment. Once decided upon, extensive dental images are taken and the chosen number of implants are placed. Once implants are healed and solidly in place, the fixed or removable dentures are fabricated and placed. Follow-up visits are necessary to clean the implants just like one would clean natural teeth and to ensure that the dentures are performing as planned. Once made, these dentures will provide years of excellent service.
EXPLORE custom dentures
Custom dentures are a prosthetic replacement of lost teeth that can be accomplished by the use of acrylic or acrylic with metal substructures. These appliances are referred to as full dentures, where all teeth on one or both jaws are missing, or partial dentures, where some natural teeth are still present in the jaw being treated.
WILL CUSTOM DESIGNED DENTURES match my remaining teeth?
Dr. Higgs works with each patient to choose the correct and most esthetic tooth size and tooth color so results achieved are very predictable. Dr. Higgs has the training not only to fabricate your dentures, but also to surgically place implants for denture retention. Utilizing two to four dental implants beneath a full denture can offer a superior level of chewing power and denture retention. You never have to worry about a loose denture again. Moreover, dental implants prevent the loss of jaw bone due to chewing pressures on the gums.