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 partial dentures or complete dentures depending on your individual need.
Since our office is conveniently located in Keystone Heights, FL, 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 custom 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
Conventional complete dentures consist of an upper denture and/or a lower denture.
The upper denture is made to replace all of your teeth in your upper jaw. It covers the roof of your mouth and causes suction on your upper gums and palate to hold it in place. The height of the arch of your palate determines the degree of suction that can be obtained.
The lower denture is made to take the place of all your teeth in your lower jaw. It sits on the lower gums and stays in place with the help of your tongue, saliva, and cheek muscles.
Your mouth must be clear of all natural teeth before conventional complete dentures are placed. If some of your teeth need to be removed, the dentures will be placed once your gums have healed.
Implant-Supported Complete Dentures
Like conventional complete dentures, implant-supported complete dentures replace all of your natural teeth. Instead of relying solely on the structure, tongue, saliva, and cheek muscles, this type of dentures uses implants to keep them secure.
Implant-supported complete dentures are placed on healthy gums that have fully recovered from teeth extractions and/or implant placements.
Immediate dentures are put into place right after all of your remaining teeth have been removed so that patients have teeth to smile and chew with while they are healing from the extractions. As healing occurs, the bone and gums shrink away from the denture causing it to feel more and more loose. Due to this shrinkage, a hard reline is placed inside the denture, usually 3 months, after the remodeling of the bone and gums is completed. If the patient cannot tolerate the movement of the denture during the transition time, a soft reline can be done for temporary relief until it is time for the hard reline. The hard reline fills in the space created by the healing and greatly improves the fit of the denture.
Partial dentures are also comprised of synthetic teeth attached to a plastic base made to look like your natural teeth and gums. Below the plastic base they usually have a framework that attaches to your teeth. Unlike complete dentures, partial dentures cannot be placed in a mouth with no teeth.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures require special attention to keep them working well and looking good. Starling Family Dentistry will give you a denture home care kit and review with you how to maintain your dentures or partial dentures. We will be happy to clean and polish them in our lab every six months. This visit will also give us the opportunity to evaluate the health of your soft tissue and perform an oral cancer screening of the underlying tissues.
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. Also, 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 Starling Family Dentistry, we have a talented denture lab directly in Keystone Heights, which we have worked closely with for many years, to get the best dentures possible for you. This close proximity allows a same day repair, in most cases, of existing dentures or partial dentures.
Please give us a call at (352) 473-9090 to schedule an appointment.
Let’s us help you feel great with an awesome looking smile!