Dentures and Partials

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Modern dentures are an excellent option for people who have lost some or all of their teeth. At Wilton Smiles, we offer the latest in dental prosthetic designs, which provide a fullness that covers gaps left by natural tooth loss. Our team helps patients of all ages replace their natural teeth and regain their smile

Are Dentures Right for Me?

Dentures might be the right solution for you if you have lost some or all of your natural teeth due to injury, decay, or disease. However, dentures may not be the best choice for everyone. Factors like age, overall health, and the condition of your gums and jaw will be considered when determining whether or not dentures are right for you.

During your consultation, our team in Wilton will examine your teeth and gums to determine whether dentures are the right solution for you. We’ll also discuss any concerns or questions you may have about the process, including the cost and insurance, the time it takes to get dentures, and the care and maintenance involved afterwards.

Types of Dentures

There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are designed to replace all the teeth on either the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures, the other hand, are used when you have lost most or all your natural tooth structure but still have some teeth left. Partial dentures can replace one or even several missing teeth in your mouth.

Full Dentures

Full dentures (aka complete dentures or complete sets of teeth), are the most comprehensive type of denture. They replace all of the original teeth on one arch in your mouth (top or bottom). Full dentures are very similar to partial dentures, but they cover the entire upper or lower area of the teeth. Our team will work with you to determine if full dentures are the best option for you.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Conventional partials are made by a dentist after removing any remaining tissue in the mouth, while immediate partials act as a temporary prosthesis that is clamped onto healthy gums to simulate teeth right after they are removed.

Adjusting to Dentures

Wearing dentures can feel awkward and bulky at first. However, the more you wear them, the more you will become accustomed to them. It’s important to follow our team’s instructions for proper cleaning and care of your dentures. We’ll ensure your dentures are properly fitted and adjusted to minimize discomfort and irritation when first adjusting to dentures.

In addition to following proper cleaning and care instructions, there are a few tips that can help make adjusting to dentures easier. We recommend starting by wearing the dentures for shorter periods of time, and then gradually increasing the time as you become more comfortable. Eating softer foods and cutting it into smaller pieces can also help during the adjustment period. It’s also important to practice speaking with the dentures in, as this can feel awkward at first. Finally, it is very common to experience some minor soreness during this time period, but this should improve as your mouth becomes used to the dentures.

Caring for Dentures

Proper care of your dentures is essential to both your oral health, and the longevity of your dentures. Here are some helpful tips on how to take care of your dentures to ensure they last as long as possible:

Remove and Rinse Dentures after Eating
Remove any food particles that have built up on the surface of your dentures. You can rinse your dentures with warm water or use a denture brush to remove any remaining food.

Clean Your Dentures Daily
Regular cleaning is critical to prevent plaque and other buildup. You should use a soft-bristled brush and a denture cleaner to clean your dentures daily. Avoid using regular toothpaste or household cleaning products – these can damage your dentures.

Avoid Hot Water and Abrasive Materials
Hot water and abrasive materials can cause your dentures to warp or become damaged. It’s very important to avoid using these types of materials when cleaning your dentures.

Store Dentures in Water or Denture Solution
When not wearing your dentures, it’s important to keep them moist to prevent them from drying out and becoming warped. Store your dentures in water or denture solution to keep them moist and prevent any damage.

Regular Checkups and Adjustments
It is essential to visit Wilton Smiles regularly for checkups and adjustments to your dentures. Our team of dental professionals will make sure that your dentures are in good condition and are properly fitted to minimize discomfort and irritation. We will also check for any problems that may need to be addressed before they become serious issues.

Why Choose Wilton Smiles for Your Dentures?

At Wilton Smiles, we are committed to providing our patients with high-quality denture services and aftercare. Our experienced dental professionals use the latest techniques and materials to create customized, natural-looking dentures that fit comfortably and enhance your smile.

Our team understands the challenges that come with adjusting to dentures, and we’ll work closely with you to ensure that you are comfortable during the entire process. We offer comprehensive denture services, including consultations, fittings, and adjustments to ensure that your dentures fit perfectly and feel natural in your mouth.

At Wilton Smiles, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of care and service. We understand the importance of having a healthy, beautiful smile and will work with you to achieve the results you desire. Contact us today to schedule your denture consultation!

Dentures FAQs

How long does it take to get used to wearing dentures?

It can take a few weeks to a few months to adjust to wearing dentures. Initially, you may experience some soreness, irritation, or difficulty speaking and eating. However, with practice and patience, you will become accustomed to wearing them.

How often should I clean my dentures?

You should clean your dentures every day to prevent bacterial growth and keep them looking their best. Use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive denture cleaner to remove food particles and plaque.

Can dentures be adjusted if they are uncomfortable?

Yes, dentures can be adjusted if they are causing discomfort or irritation. Contact your dentist if you experience any discomfort or if your dentures are not fitting properly.

Can I sleep with my dentures in?

It is recommended that you remove your dentures at night to give your mouth and gums a chance to rest. However, some people may choose to sleep with their dentures in. Consult with your dentist to determine what is best for you.

How long do dentures last?

Dentures can last several years with proper care and maintenance. However, over time, they may need to be relined, rebased, or replaced. Your dentist will monitor the condition of your dentures and recommend any necessary adjustments or replacements.

Written by 
Wilton Smiles
Published on
May 8, 2023

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