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3D rendering of partial dentures being placed on a lower jaw with missing back teeth.Dentures are helpful oral appliances for individuals who have lost some or all of their teeth. These removable replacements are crucial in restoring the smile and oral functionality. At Canatella Dental, we believe proper care and maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of dentures and other dental appliances. If you want an effective solution for missing teeth, consult your dentist to determine if you are a viable candidate for dentures.

Types of Dentures

After a comprehensive assessment by a professional dental practitioner, the next step is choosing the right dentures for your needs. Your dentist will help you decide and schedule follow-up checks to ensure proper function and durability. Here are the three primary types of dentures and their unique benefits.

Full Dentures

Full dentures, or complete dentures, are recommended for individuals without all their natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw or both. These dentures have a full set of replacement teeth attached to an acrylic foundation resembling gum tissue. Dentists customize full dentures to fit comfortably over the gums, providing a natural appearance without compromising oral functions like speech and eating.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are suitable for individuals who have lost some of their natural teeth but have remaining healthy ones. Dental practitioners attach the replacement teeth to a customized metal or acrylic framework to fit around the existing teeth. Missing teeth can affect the smile and self-esteem, but partial dentures restore facial aesthetics and prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures provide a revolutionary solution to tooth loss by combining the stability of dental implants with the convenience of removable dentures. Unlike conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures are securely anchored to dental implants surgically into the jawbone. This method ensures maximum stability, preventing discomfort or the risk of slipping while eating or speaking.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures offer many benefits, especially if you schedule routine checks with a professional dentist for maintenance. We recommend these dental appliances to replace missing teeth, restoring your smile and proper oral function. In addition, dentures support the facial structure, preventing loss of bone mass and a sunken appearance. If you want to restore your oral health with dentures, they are affordable, customized for a more natural look, and can last for over a decade with proper care.

Denture Fitting Process

After being approved for a denture fitting procedure, there are several steps to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. Your dentist will take precise measurements of your mouth to create a mold or impression of your gums and any remaining teeth. With those impressions, the dentist customizes dentures to fit your mouth. During your fitting appointment, expect adjustments to ensure the denture fits comfortably and securely. Several visits may be necessary for the perfect fit. Like most dental appliances, regular check-ups and adjustments are essential, as your mouth changes over time.

Caring for Dentures

Caring for dentures is crucial for their durability and your oral health. After a successful fitting procedure, ensure you keep them clean. Remove and rinse your dental appliances after eating, and brush them with a soft denture or mild cleaner daily. Soap can also be a viable substitute for a cleaner, but consult your dentist to ensure it is safe. If you are not using your dentures, store them in a denture-cleaning solution or water to prevent warping and frequent re-adjustments. People with dentures or other dental appliances should maintain good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental check-ups. This is essential to ensure your dentures fit properly and are in good condition.

Adjusting to Dentures

Adjusting to dentures may not be a walk in the park for many, but with patience and persistence, you can get used to them. You will experience mild discomfort, sore spots, or difficulty speaking and eating during the initial stages. Your dentist will recommend suitable soft foods and speech training techniques to improve your comfort and confidence. As your mouth adjusts, you can slowly resume your normal diet. If your dentures feel loose, consult your dentist for adjustments. The last thing you want is to ignore minor issues only to compromise your treatment and the desired results.

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If you are considering dentures, you may have several questions in mind. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about dentures and helpful responses to provide more insight into the treatment.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

The longevity of dentures varies depending on different factors, including the type of denture, maintenance frequency, and changes in your oral health. With proper care, dentures can last up to 10 years or more. Since the shape of your mouth changes with time, routine adjustments or replacements are necessary for a comfortable fit.

Can I Eat Normally with Dentures?

Another common question we get is whether a person can eat with dentures. Yes! Practice makes perfect, and dentures are no exception. You can eat various foods with dentures after some time, but consult a professional dental practitioner if this is not the case. While it may be challenging to chew certain foods initially, the situation will improve as you become used to your appliances.

Are Dentures Comfortable to Wear?

The comfort of dentures varies from one person to another, but with the right fit and proper adjustments, they can be comfortable to wear. You may experience soreness or irritation during your first adjustment as your mouth adapts to the new appliance. If you experience discomfort, communicate with your dentist for the necessary modifications. Most individuals eventually feel more comfortable, as if their dentures are a natural part of their mouth.

How Often Should I Clean My Dentures?

Proper oral hygiene for your dentures is vital for longevity and overall oral health. It would help to clean your dentures daily to remove food particles, plaque, and stains. Use a soft denture brush and a mild denture cleaner or soap. Avoid regular toothpaste, which is harsh and compromises the denture material. Additionally, clean your mouth, gums, and remaining natural teeth daily to prevent oral health issues. When you remove your appliances, store them in a denture-cleaning solution or water to ensure they remain in good condition.

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Dentures are vital in restoring oral function and aesthetics for people with missing teeth. Whether you require full, partial, or implant-supported dentures, Canatella Dental can help you determine the best option for your specific needs. Contact us today at (504) 269-3486 for professional care and maintenance, allowing you to enjoy a confident and functional smile.

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