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Denture Services for a healthy smile, oral strength, and a beautiful face

If you are missing several teeth or all of your teeth, dentures might be just what you need to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile. There are two kinds of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. Dentures can improve your ability to properly speak and eat, restore your natural facial volume, and enhance the overall beauty of your smile. Your dentures will be custom made to fit your smile comfortably, aesthetically, and securely.

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable dental appliances created to replace your missing teeth and tissues. They play an important part in keeping your mouth and teeth functioning when teeth are missing. At Sandor Family Dentistry, we offer two types of dentures: partial and complete. When all teeth are missing, full dentures are used while partial dentures are applied if certain natural teeth remain. They are important in preventing other teeth from shifting their position where any teeth are missing. Dentures also add extra support to your smile.

A complete denture is used to replace all of the teeth in a full dental arch. We may suggest a complete denture to replace all of the teeth in both arches or just one, depending on your individual needs. We may suggest using a denture adhesive for improved stability.

A partial denture is used if you are missing multiple teeth but have remaining natural teeth. A partial denture often includes a thin framework or clasps that attach to the natural teeth for a secure fit.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” The conventional denture is prepared for placing in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the tooth is removed and gum tissue starts to cure. In contrast to conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made beforehand and may be placed as soon as the teeth are removed. Therefore, during the healing period, the wearer must not be without teeth. Bones and gums, however, shrink over time, especially during the post dental healing period. Therefore an immediate denture disadvantage in comparison with conventional dentures is that they require additional fit adjustments during the healing process. Immediate dentures should be a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.

Partial dentures

A removable partial tooth, which is connected by metal frame and holds the tooth in place in the mouth, usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum based plastic base. Partial teeth will be applied where the upper or lower jaw contains one or more natural teeth. A fixed path replaces one or more teeth by adding crowns and artificial teeth on the teeth on either side of the space. Then this “bridge” is cemented. It prevents other teeth from changing positions, not just partial dentures filling the room created by missing teeth. A partial precise tooth can be removed and not internally attached

Are there alternatives to dentures?

Yes, dental implants are suitable to support cemented bridges and avoid the need for a tooth decomposition. The cost is usually higher, but implants and bridges look more like real teeth. Dental implants become an alternative to dentures, but not everyone is an implant candidate.

How are dentures made?

It takes a few weeks and several appointments for dental development. After you decide what kind of appliance you want, your dentist or prosthodontic (a dentist who specializes in restoring and replacing teeth) will take these general steps.

The dentist will make a number of impressions of your jaw and measure how your jaws relate to each other and how much room there lies between them. Create the dental dentures exact shapes, wax shapes and/or plastic patterns. You’re going to try out this pattern several times and the denture is being evaluated for color, shape and fit before the final tooth is cast.

What do new dentures feel like?

New dentures can feel a little strange or loose for a few weeks, until the cheek and tongue muscles learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to develop minor irritation or pain and to increase the flow of saliva when you begin to wear dentures, but these problems decrease as your mouth adjusts.

Will dentures change your look?

Dentures are made to look closely like your natural teeth so that the appearance is only slightly changed. Dentures can actually improve your smile and fill your face. Beyond this, dentures often will improve your confidence, allowing you to smile, laugh and enjoy life like you deserve too. One of the most satisfying things we do here is give a person back their smile and life back. Its so rewarding and its our pleasure to do so.

Eating with new dentures.

Eating with new dentures may take a few weeks and some wearers may not be comfortable. Begin with soft foods, cut into small pieces, to get used to the new denture. Chew your mouth slowly on both sides. Add other foods until you get back to a normal diet as you get used to new dentures. Be careful with hot or hard foods, bones or sharp shells. And avoid very sticky or tough foods. You should not chew gum while wearing the dentures. Don’t use toothpicks when wearing dentures as well.

How dentures affect speech.

You may have difficulty speaking certain words after getting dentures. If so, practice by loudly speaking the hard words. You will get used to talking properly with dentures through practice over time.Please contact your dentist if dentures “click” during conversation. Sometimes teeth slip when you’re laughing, coughing or smiling. Reposition your dentures by biting and swallowing carefully. Consult your dentist or prosthodontist if there persists a speech problem.

How long to wear new dentures.

You will learn how much time you should wear your dentures and when to remove them, from your dentist or prostheticist. You may be asked to wear it all the time, including during sleep, during the first several days after receiving your dentures. While this may not be comfortable temporarily, it is the fastest way for the areas on the teeth to be identified and be adapted. You should remove the toothpaste before going to bed once the adjustments are made. This allows the gum tissue to rest and enables the tongue and saliva to stimulate and clean. In the morning, the denture can be put back into the mouth.

We invite you to call or visit us soon to learn more about how dentures can improve your smile! Please contact us to learn more about how complete or partial dentures in Freehold, New Jersey, can help you.