Dentures Can Give You a New Smile
Losing teeth is a common issue that many people face as they grow older. Thankfully, dentures are an easy and effective solution for tooth loss. They’re a new set of teeth you can put in, enabling you to smile, eat, and speak clearly — you can truly enjoy spending time with your family and friends.
The 3 Types of Dentures
Not all dentures are the same, and Dr. Sheehan can give you the type of denture that best suits your needs.
- Traditional dentures consist of two types: full dentures can be used for total tooth loss and partial dentures enable you to keep some remaining teeth while replacing lost teeth. These traditional types are fully removable and require an adhesive to be placed.
- Implant-supported dentures are permanent tooth replacement solutions that look and feel like natural teeth. They’re held in place by dental implants, which naturally integrate with your jawbone for a stable attachment. You can treat these dentures just like natural teeth, as they’re not removable.
- Snap-in & overdentures are a happy medium between the two other options. You’ll have dental implants placed for a secure and stable smile, but they’re also removable. Your denture will simply snap onto the dental implants.
Are You a Candidate for Dentures?
If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, dentures are likely a good option for you. Especially with all the different types of dentures, you’re bound to find an option that suits your needs.
You’re a candidate for dentures if you want a beautiful, functional new smile. You’ll be able to spend time with loved ones without having to hide your smile and you can enjoy sharing food as well as conversation. Dentures enable you to enjoy your life without shame.
How to Maintain Your Dentures
Your denture care will differ depending on which type of dentures you choose. The main difference between care for different dentures is based on whether they’re removable or permanent.
Removable dentures are cleaned outside of your mouth. After you eat, remove your dentures and rinse them off. At the end of the day, remove your dentures and clean your mouth. You should brush your dentures at least once a day, then soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution. Make sure to thoroughly rinse your dentures before putting them in the next morning.
Permanent dentures can be brushed and flossed as if they’re natural teeth. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, non-abrasive toothpaste, and gentle floss or interdental cleaners so your dentures won’t get scratched.
Convenient Denture Repair
If your dentures are broken or feel wrong, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (248) 674-0384. We’ll schedule an appointment for you with Dr. Sheehan so she can examine your dentures and let you know what your options are.
If your dentures aren’t working for you, upgrading your dentures can make a world of difference. Implant-supported dentures can be placed using your current dentures or a new set, depending on your preference.
You won’t ever have to remove your dentures, so say goodbye to denture adhesive and your dentures falling out of place during the day. Implant-supported dentures stay in place and really feel like natural teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
The dentures of today are much more comfortable than they were in the past thanks to advancements in technology. Dentures can be custom-made to fit your mouth with precision, so they’ll stay in place better and be more comfortable.
Dentures nowadays also look much more natural, so they can appear to be your natural teeth. It’s easier to be confident in your smile when your teeth look and feel good. It may take a short while to get used to the feeling of dentures, but they’ll eventually feel comfortable for you.
Yes, dentures can be whitened. Dentures can occasionally need to be whitened if you eat or drink foods that have a tendency to stain teeth. However, dentures aren’t whitened in the same way as natural teeth and teeth whitening solutions should be avoided.
3 safe ways to whiten your dentures are:
- Hydrogen peroxide — After taking your dentures out, put a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on your dentures. Gently brush your dentures with a toothbrush to remove stains.
- Denture bleach — For this exact purpose, whitening agents specifically for dentures are available. Follow the instructions on the denture bleach you purchase for the best results.
- Baking soda or white vinegar — Soaking your dentures in baking soda mixed with an equal amount of water or in white vinegar can help reduce stains. After they’re done soaking, brush your dentures with a toothbrush gently.
There are 4 main steps to creating a denture:
- A model of your mouth is created during your appointment with Dr. Sheehan. She’ll send this model to the laboratory so your dentures can be created.
- A lab technician places the model into an articulator — a device to act as a jaw — to attach your new teeth with wax. The wax is then carved to represent the appearance of your gums.
- Dentures are then placed in a device called a flask. This flask maintains the shape of the dentures as the plaster is poured in. Excess wax is melted away. Then, acrylic is added to replace the wax.
- To reveal your new teeth, the technician will carefully break away the plaster mold and make sure all plaster is removed from them. After polishing your dentures, they’ll be finished and ready for you.
If your dentures are loose, call our office by dialing (248) 674-0384 so Dr. Sheehan can take a look at them and find a solution for you.
Dentures can become loose over time for many reasons. The most common reason is because of jawbone resorption — this happens as your jawbone begins to shrink because of tooth loss. Natural teeth keep your jawbone strong by exercising it and without them, your jawbone will weaken.
Everyday wear of dentures can also cause them to become loose. Taking care of your dentures properly every day can prevent your dentures from becoming loose too quickly.
If your dentures slide around in your mouth throughout the day, they’re likely too loose. If you have issues eating and speaking throughout the day, it may be time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheehan.
You can also consider implant-supported dentures or snap-in dentures. They’re secured with dental implants, the only tooth replacement solution that keeps your jawbone strong. They prevent jaw resorption and these dentures don’t slide around because they’re securely attached.
Dentures allow you to eat, speak, and smile as if you still have a full set of teeth. One significant consequence of tooth loss is reduced self-confidence and feelings of anxiety. Having natural-looking, functional teeth can help you feel more confident in yourself.
You may not realize how much tooth loss can affect your daily life until you experience it. Total tooth loss prevents you from expressing joy in the form of a smile and from eating foods you love. Dentures can free you from the worry that comes with tooth loss.
Your dentures won’t fall out as long as they fit correctly and you put them in properly. Your dentures are specially made for your mouth and they’ll fit snugly. This may feel uncomfortable at first, but they’ll feel normal as you get used to them.
If your dentures slide around in your mouth or fall out, they’re probably too loose. This can happen over time and you may need a replacement or a new dentures solution.
Non-removable dentures like implant-supported dentures are permanently secured in your mouth and snap-in dentures don’t slide around or come out. These options are attached to dental implants for a secure fit.
Dentures Can Empower You
You shouldn’t have to be afraid to smile — dentures can free you to enjoy your life and to spend time with loved ones. Eat, live, and love without worrying about the way your teeth look or feel.
Dr. Sheehan can help you find the denture option that suits your lifestyle. Simply call (248) 674-0384 or fill out our online contact form to learn how to make an appointment. We can’t wait to give you a new smile.