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What are Full or Partial Dentures?

While it is not uncommon to experience the loss of teeth as we age, younger clients can also experience tooth or teeth loss, either due to poor oral hygiene or because of an accident. Regardless of the reason, it is important to know that if you currently have missing teeth, full or partial dentures can make a dramatic difference.

Dentures are a popular option for those needing to replace missing teeth. Dentures are removable plates or frames customized to your specific mouth to replace missing teeth. Dentures are extremely customizable, and can easily be made to resemble your original teeth. They also come with many benefits, including protection to exposed gums, and increased functionality. Best of all, full or partial dentures help patients regain their full and confident smile!

At Brook West Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the care and support they need. If you are scheduled to be fitted for full or partial dentures, or if you have any questions to see if full or partial dentures are right for you, please contact our staff. We are proud to provide one of a kind personalized care that is tailored to your unique needs.

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Denture Expectations

Getting fitted for dentures is a multi-step process. At your initial consultation, your dentist will examine the surrounding teeth and/or jawbone to determine their overall health, and decide whether full or partial dentures are the best option for you. After this is determined, the next step is taking dental impressions of the remaining teeth and gums in order to have appliances created that are specifically designed to fit your particular mouth. If any teeth need to be extracted, you will have to wait for the gums to heal before an impression can be made.

Once these steps are completed, your dentist will discuss customizable options, which include the size, shade, and shape of the teeth. If you would prefer that your dentures match your original teeth, it would be helpful to bring in a picture for your dentist.

Once all of the necessary information has been collected, it will be sent to a lab, which will design the dentures. Once these designs are complete, your dentist will set up a trial fitting, and after determining that the fit is correct, the process will be complete.

More on Partial Dentures

Unlike full dentures, upper and lower partial dentures are designed to only fill in a gap that is created by missing teeth. Removable partial dentures generally consist of replacement teeth that are fixed to an acrylic base, which has been shaded to match the natural color of your teeth and gums. An added benefit is that your partial dentures will often have a clasp that can attach to your natural teeth, which will hold the denture in place.

At first, it may feel a bit odd putting in and taking out the removable denture, but people generally get used to this feeling over time. During this period of getting used to your new dentures, it is important to never force the denture into place by biting down on it, as doing so can break or bend the clasps. It is also important to not wear your dentures 24 hours a day.

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The Benefits of Dentures

Full or partial dentures have many benefits beyond the obvious aesthetic improvement to your smile. One of the most noticeable improvements is that you will be better able to chew your food, and will also speak more clearly. Another benefit is that dentures are not surgically adhered, so there is very little discomfort experienced while wearing them. Dentures also support cheeks and lips, which prevents the face from sagging. Finally, dentures are long-lasting, only needing to be replaced every five to ten years, which makes them an incredibly affordable and efficient way to improve your smile and overall health.

Caring for your Dentures

Even though dentures are not real teeth, it is still important to take proper care of them. Be sure to keep your dentures clean. It is also important to take good care of your gums and the remaining teeth you have. Aside from that, there are no specific restrictions to follow, though it is important to continue practicing good dental hygiene, by brushing and flossing at least twice daily and to continue scheduling your regular dental hygiene appointments.

Remember: the better you take care of your teeth, the better your teeth will take care of you!

Associated Costs

As is the case with most dental procedures, what and how much of your procedure will be covered will ultimately be determined by your specific insurance plan. Still, many insurance plans cover full and partial dentures procedures, although they may not cover the entire cost of the full and partial dentures. If you are not currently covered by an insurance plan, or if you have any questions about payment options, please contact our staff who will be happy to discuss your options with you.

High Quality Care You Can Trust

At Brook West Family Dentistry, we are committed to building positive, long-standing relationships with our patients. The way we achieve this is by using state of the art technologies, compassionate and carefully planned services, high-quality work, and personalized care that always places the needs of the individual client first. If you would like to meet our team, take a tour of our facilities, or discuss your procedure with our knowledgeable staff, please let us know.

Having full or partial dentures can make a remarkable difference in the lives of those with missing or damaged teeth. Scheduling your appointment for dentures is your first step towards a confident, healthy smile. To begin your journey towards the perfect smile, please contact us to set up an appointment at (763) 561-2273.

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