Dentures help restore the look and function of your smile when you have one or more missing teeth.
What is a denture?
Dentures are a series of artificial teeth connected to a plastic base custom-made to resemble the rest of your smile.
Aside from aesthetic benefits, dentures restore functionality in your mouth that you can lose when you have one or more missing teeth. Dentures also help keep the muscles in your face from sagging and your surrounding teeth from shifting.
What are some of the different types of dentures?
At AAA Health Centered Dentistry, we are proud to offer several different kinds of dentures, which all serve a unique purpose. Since each person is different, not all types of dentures may work for you. Dr. Becvar and his team will work closely with you to determine what type of denture will best suit your dental needs.
Conventional Complete Dentures
Conventional complete dentures have a top denture and a bottom denture.
The top denture substitutes your top row of teeth and sits on the roof of your mouth and is attached to your gums and palate.
The bottom dentures act as your bottom row of teeth and rest on your bottom gums. It remains intact with the assistance of your saliva, tongue, and cheek muscles.
For us to place conventional dentures, you cannot have any remaining natural teeth in your mouth. If we need to one or more teeth extracted, we will place your dentures after your gums have fully healed.
Implant-Supported Complete Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are also created to substitute absent teeth. Unlike conventional complete dentures that are secured by the tongue, cheek muscles, and saliva, they are fastened with an implant.
Implant-supported dentures are a great option for individuals that are missing several or almost all their teeth. If you have an adequate amount of bone in your jaw and want to restore full function in your mouth, this type of denture could be a good option for you.
We can place implant-supported dentures on patients with healthy gums. If an individual needs a tooth extracted, we will wait until their gums are healed.
Like their name suggests, these dentures are placed immediately after a patient has their teeth extracted. Your gums don’t need to heal before they are installed. This is a good option if you want to restore function in your mouth fast. It’s possible Dr. Becvar and his team may need to make minor modifications after your gums heal.
Partial dentures are a series of artificial teeth connected to a plastic base. They are custom-made to look and function like your natural teeth. Partial dentures can’t be placed if you don’t have any teeth as they connect to your teeth to secure your dentures in place.
How do I take care of my dentures?
All types of dentures need extra care to maintain their look and function.
Your dentures are breakable and can become easily damaged from being dropped even a few inches.
When you’re not wearing your dentures, gently place them on a towel or in water. It’s important not to store them in hot water since they can morph and change the way they fit.
Dentures should be kept in water. If they dry out, they may not fit as well and lose their original shape. Store them in a safe place, where children or pets can’t get to them as they can be a choking hazard.
Your dentures require extra care. To clean your mouth, take out your dentures and put them in a safe place, either in water or on a towel. Wash your mouth with water to rinse away any excess food particles.
To clean your dentures, use either a soft toothbrush or a denture brush with a cleanser. It’s important not to use a hard bristled toothbrush because your dentures can get scratched easily. This may alter their appearance, make them more susceptible to staining, and more difficult to clean. Rinse your dentures with water before putting them back in since the cleanser may contain chemicals that can irritate your mouth.
For best results, we suggest using a denture cleaner that contains the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
Make sure to thoroughly clean the inside of your mouth so your dentures can function in a healthy environment. Maintaining proper oral hygiene will also help fight tooth decay, plaque buildup, and cavities.
It’s important to maintain a well-rounded diet to keep your dentures looking and working as they should. Not only does a proper diet help your dentures function but also enhances your overall health.
Visit the Dentist
It’s essential to schedule regular dentist visits to ensure your dentures are functioning properly. This gives us the chance to assess the fit and function of your dentures and check for any signs of oral issues. The American Dental Association suggests individuals of all ages should see their dentist at least twice a year.
How do I know if I should get dentures?
Dentures can be greatly beneficial to your appearance and the functionality of your mouth. Make an appointment with your friends at AAA Health Centered Dentistry to see if dentures are the answer to your dental needs.
Dr. Becvar works closely with premier denture specialists in Longmont, CO and other surrounding communities to provide you with the best fitting and looking dentures in CO.
To see if dentures a good treatment option for you, call us today at (303) 776-6021.
We look forward to helping you gain a better-looking and functioning smile with dentures.
In need of immediate care?
We offer emergency phone consultations to our existing patients. Call us anytime at (303) 776-6021.