Whether some or all of your natural teeth are missing, we may be able to restore the functionality of your mouth and aesthetics of your smile with dentures.
Since our office is conveniently located in Carmel, IN, you don’t have to go far to get great professional denture service.
What is a denture?
A denture is synthetic teeth attached to a plastic base that has been made to match your natural teeth and gums.
Besides making your smile look better, dentures also fix the way your mouth functions overall. Dentures also support your cheeks and lips to reduce sagging of the muscles in your face.
What are some of the different types of dentures?
Below are some types of dentures that might be available to you. Even though there are many options, not all patients are good candidates for every type of denture. During your appointment, we will let you know which options may work best for you.
Conventional Complete Dentures
Complete dentures are made to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, re-establish chewing function, and re-establish a smile. Complete dentures are made in two methods: conventional and immediate. Both methods require a series of appointments, taking 8-10 appointments. Conventional dentures allow the gum tissue to heal 8-10 weeks after extractions in order to ensure the best and more accurate fit of the denture to the gum tissue. Immediate dentures are made in advance and delivered immediately after the teeth are removed. The disadvantage here is the fit of the denture might be a little more unstable, thus requiring more appointments as the tissues shrinks and heals, to adjust the dentures to better fit the tissue.
Implant-Supported Complete Dentures
Conventional dentures are a good way to restore your smile and replace a full arch of missing teeth; however, they can be loose fitting, uncomfortable, and create a lack of confidence in the patient. A way to fix this is by anchoring that denture to an implant creating an Implant Supported Denture. The implant supported denture is a good way to take that conventional denture and increase its retentiveness tremendously. These type of dentures create stability, improved esthetics, and increased chewing efficiency, all at an affordable price.
Implant supported dentures are created by first placement of the implants by an oral surgeon. Once place, a healing time of approx. 8-10 weeks is allowed before beginning the denture process. Once the healing is complete, we then fabricate a full arch denture, much more comfortable (will not cover the roof of the mouth like a normal conventional denture) that will either "snap on” or "screw into” the implants.
This type of denture has become a very affordable and life changing option for our patients.
Immediate dentures are put into place right after all of your remaining teeth have been removed. You do not have to wait for your gums to heal before the immediate dentures are placed. The dentist may need to make adjustments once your gums have fully healed.
Partial dentures are used when there are only a few missing teeth and a crown or bridge is not an option. Partial dentures are anchored to adjacent teeth thus good oral hygiene is needed in order to maintain a successful and long term partial. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it prevents the neighboring teeth around it from shifting.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures require special attention to keep them working well and looking good.
Dentures are fragile and should be handled very carefully at all times. They can break after being dropped just a few inches.
When they are not in your mouth, handle your dentures over a folded towel or sink of cool water. Never place your dentures in hot water since the heat can warp them.
When not in your mouth, dentures need to be stored in water so they will not dry out and lose their shape. Alos, be sure to keep your dentures out of the reach of pets and children.
Like your natural teeth, your dentures need to be cleaned well.
Remove them from your mouth and rinse with cool water to remove loose food particles. Use a denture brush or soft bristled toothbrush with denture cleanser to clean them. Once you have finished cleaning your dentures, rinse them with cool water in case there are chemicals in the cleanser that are not meant to go into your mouth.
Since dentures are more delicate and not made of the same materials as natural teeth and gums, do not use toothpaste or hard bristled toothbrushes to clean them. Such cleaning materials may be too abrasive and scratch your dentures. This can leave them less attractive, more susceptible to stains, and harder to clean. Use denture cleaners that meet the American Dental Association’s standards for effectiveness and safety. These products have the ADA Seal of Acceptance on them.
You should continue to clean all parts of the inside of your mouth daily as well. Brushing your palate, tongue, and gums every morning with a soft brush increases the circulation in your tissue and helps get rid of plaque.
To keep your dentures in place and properly supported, you should maintain a healthy mouth. Along with cleaning your mouth daily, a balanced diet can keep your mouth strong. Also, avoid foods that may discolor or damage your dentures.
Visit the Dentist
You should visit the dentist to make sure your dentures and mouth are functioning together correctly. Besides checking the fit of your dentures, the dentist will also look for any signs of oral diseases.
How do I know if I should get dentures?
When teeth are missing, there are many different ways to help your mouth function optimally and look great. Making an appointment with a dentist is the best way to determine what type of treatment is best for you.
At Lasting Impressions we work with the top denture lab specialists in Carmel, Indianapolis, Westfield, Zionsville, and nearby areas to get you the best dentures possible in IN.
Give us a call at (317) 571-9610 to schedule an appointment.
Let’s us help you feel great with an awesome looking smile!
In need of immediate care?
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