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There are different types of dentures, but they share a common function. They replace teeth that have become loose or have fallen out due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it’s time for dentures. With dentures, your ability to eat and talk regularly is restored. 

The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return to normal. Often implants can be used to further stabilize the dentures.

We offer two types of dentures depending on the condition of your teeth. Our goal is to give you the best results for your smile while being as minimally invasive as possible. You will either be fitted for complete dentures or partial dentures.

Complete Dentures

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A complete denture is made to replace all of the teeth in your mouth. In order to use a complete set of dentures, your gum tissue has to be given a chance to heal, making the transition as smooth as possible. Once your teeth have been removed, it is common to have to wait between eight and twelve weeks before the dentures can be used safely. You do have the option of wearing immediate dentures while you wait for your permanent dentures. If you choose to have immediate dentures while you are healing, you will need to come in often, as your bone and gums shrink overtime and regular adjustments must be made. These immediate dentures should only be worn as a temporary solution while you wait for your permanent ones.

Partial Dentures

We use partial dentures when one or more of your natural teeth remain in your mouth, either in the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture performs a few different functions. It fills in your missing teeth and prevents the natural teeth left in your mouth from changing positions. We offer what are called ‘precision partial dentures’ which are removable. This type of partial denture tends to be more natural looking than other alternatives and functions well. 

Dentures are made by first taking a series of impressions from the inside of your mouth. Measurements are also taken to find out how much space you have on your jaw. Models for your dentures are made and assessed by your dentist during your visits. We may make several models because the final one has to fit perfectly. We also take the time to determine the color in order to make it as natural as possible. Once your fittings are done and the color is matched, your final set of dentures is cast. We can still make adjustments to these if necessary.
This is a big concern for many of our patients for understandable reasons. The results actually create an improvement in your smile and overall facial appearance because they are made to perfectly fit you. Although they may feel a bit odd at first, you will be happy with how they make you look.
You may have difficulty with your pronunciation when speaking at first. This is an adjustment period that everyone with dentures must face. However, this adjustment period does not last long, and you will soon be able to speak just fine with them in your mouth. It is simply a matter of time and practice. If for any reason you feel like you are not making progress with speaking, call us so we can check on the fit of your dentures. We are always available to discuss any of your concerns so that you can continue feeling confident with your smile.
Our patients know that the first time they use their dentures, the feeling is a bit odd. It is also normal for them to be slightly loose for the first few weeks. The muscles in your cheeks and tongue quickly adapt and learn to keep them in place. So do not worry if you experience this at first. You may also experience a little soreness as your gums continue to heal and become used to the dentures. Soreness is completely normal, anything more than this should be reported to your dentist right away.
Eating and chewing will be an adjustment in the beginning and may even be a little uncomfortable. We advise our patients to start with soft foods and to cut all food into small pieces if possible. This will help you adjust until you no longer notice any difference. Sticky, hard foods and candy should be avoided, which is something we want everyone to avoid despite having implants or natural teeth. Lastly, it is best to stay away from gum chewing.
When you are first fitted for your permanent dentures, whether they are a complete or partial set, we will have you wear them both during the day and at night. Doing so allows us to spot any potential needs for adjustment much more quickly. Once we have performed your follow up appointments to check for fit, you no longer have to wear them at night. Your gums tissue should be free of dentures during the night at this point, and they can be placed back in your mouth in the morning. If you have any questions about using an adhesive for your dentures, we will go over it in detail with you. There are a lot of options for adhesives, but they are not always a good idea to use. Before you buy any adhesive, we ask that you call us first to make sure it will not cause any unwanted damage to your dentures.
Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry knows the importance of having healthy and beautiful teeth, which is why we provide exceptional dental care that you can rely on
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