Dentures from Kevin C. Lucky, DDS PLLC

Replacing Lost Teeth With Full or Partial Dentures

Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

How Do Dentures Work?

With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accomodate your tongue.

Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Your dentist will determine which type of dentures described below is best for you.

What Are the Benefits of Dentures?

Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance and smile. Without support from dentures, facial muscles sag making a person look older. What’s more, dentures will help you eat and speak more comfortably – things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.

Do You Need Dentures? Discover the Differences

There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that is best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.

FULL DENTURE

A conventional full denture is made and placed in a patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.

PARTIAL DENTURE

A partial denture is designed to cover all or part of a group of teeth that are missing. These may also be considered bridges, if the denture covers less than a full arch of teeth. A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative bridges.

Differences Between Traditional & Implant-Supported Dentures

The main difference between dentures and ones that are supported by implants is the amount of security in how they are held in the mouth. Traditional dentures sit on top of the gum line. Over time, patients experience varying degrees of effectiveness and wear. Some feel discomfort or may choose not to use one.

Adjusting to & Caring for Dentures May Take Time

Over time, your dentures will need to be reclined, remade, or rebased as a result of normal wear. Rebasing requires making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. As you age, your mouth naturally changes shape. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup. More tips to help you care for dentures include:

  • When handling dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
  • Don’t let dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause dentures to warp.
  • Brushing dentures daily will remove food and dental plaque and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
  • Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
  • See your dentist if dentures break, chip, crack, or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself – this can damage them beyond repair.

Be sure to contact Kevin C. Lucky, DDS PLLC for a consultation about dentures, their care, or if you have any other questions. We are here for you in Beckley, Summersville, and Webster Springs.