Dentures are removable tooth prosthetics designed to look and function like natural teeth. For thousands of years, some form of denture has been used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, although today’s dentures are much more advanced and easier to care for. Most dentures are composed of replacement teeth attached to plastic bases that take on the appearance of the gums. They are used to compensate for one or more missing teeth, referred to as partial dentures, or are available as complete sets of teeth, referred to as complete dentures. Many dental patients elect dentures for tooth replacement if they are not candidates for dental implants or are otherwise looking for a tooth replacement option that is more affordable and budget-friendly.
Caring for Your Dentures
Your dentures are custom designed to fit your smile, but did you know that improperly caring for them can cause them to become distorted? Most removable dentures must maintain moisture to retain their shape. Be sure to wash them after eating, gently clean them once daily, and allow them to soak overnight in a denture soaking solution. This will keep your dentures clean and free of stains, which ultimately helps your smile look its best.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am a candidate for removable dentures?
If you are missing one or more teeth and thinking of getting dentures at Newport-Irvine Dental, you will first need a professional consultation with Dr. Grupe. During this time, you can explore your tooth prosthetic options, ask questions, and make a decision as to whether dentures are right for you.
What should I expect when being fitted for dentures?
Many factors can be involved in the stages of preparation of your mouth for either partial or full dentures. These will be individually discussed with you by Dr. Grupe during your consultation appointment.
Will I need to follow any special after-care instructions?
Once your dentures are ready, you can begin wearing them on a daily basis. Expect the first few weeks to be an adjustment period, during which time you will adapt to the feel of your new dentures. You may also experience slight irritation or soreness from initial denture wear, and a follow-up appointment with Dr. Grupe may be required to further refine the fit of your denture.