Dentures - Complete, Partial, & Custom
Fort Worth, TX
Missing several teeth can make chewing and talking problematic. Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures help in restoring the appearance and oral functions of the affected person. Dentures can be a full set or a partial set. A full set is used when all of the person’s teeth are missing, and a partial set is used when only some of the teeth are missing. Dentures have the ability to restore or even enhance a person’s appearance. When cared for properly, dentures can last for at least five years. We at HomeTown Dental at Alliance provide you with the best technologies and friendly service to restore your smile.
Complete dentures are designed for patients who have all their teeth missing. They are made of a plastic base that is colored in order to replicate gum tissue and supports a full set of plastic or porcelain teeth. Complete dentures can be either conventional or immediate. A conventional set of dentures is made after the teeth have been removed and gum tissues have healed. They are ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.
Partial dentures can be made from a plastic base or a metal framework. They are meant to only replace a handful of teeth and are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. The set of partial dentures is held in the mouth by using clasps that are carefully adapted around the natural teeth.
After the Procedure
Dentures are typically worn during the day and taken out at night to provide oral tissues time to heal. During the first few days after receiving dentures, wear them even during the night to identify if they need to be adjusted. This is important because after receiving a denture, the gum tissues swell after the teeth are extracted and may not permit the denture to be reinserted if taken out. Dentures should be kept in a container of water or denture cleaner when not being worn. They should not be placed in hot water as they can be damaged or warped. Clean them daily using a soft brush using soap and water. The mouth should be rinsed daily without the dentures in to clean off any plaque and reduce the probability of infection.
After the dentures are placed, the gums will be a little sore in some places initially. It is important to keep visiting us frequently during the first few weeks to get the parts of the denture that are irritating the oral tissue adjusted. Eating and speaking with dentures requires practice. Chewy or sticky foods should be avoided for a couple of weeks. Dentures may even get dislocated at first while yawning or laughing. In that case, it needs to be readjusted. The production of saliva increases due to dentures initially but reduces back to normal with time.
For more information, and to find out if you can benefit from dentures, call HomeTown Dental at Alliance at (682) 312-6878 today.