Kellogg Dental is all about making smiles! We believe your smile shouldn’t suffer just because you have dentures. Our practice offers natural-looking, comfortable full and partial dentures to patients who need them.
Dentures are a set of removable false teeth given to people who are missing all or some of their teeth. If you need dentures, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth and send it to a lab where they will make a custom set of dentures. There are three variations of dentures that you can get depending on your individual case. Conventional full dentures are placed in your mouth after all of your teeth have been removed and your gums have fully healed. Immediate full dentures are exactly what they sound like. After taking measurements and models of your mouth and jaw in a previous appointment, your dentist will place these dentures immediately after your remaining teeth are removed. If you only need some of your teeth removed, your dentist may want to place a partial denture. These dentures work a bit like dental bridges; they rest on a metal frame that is anchored to your natural teeth either with wings or crowns. Some patients prefer to have partial dentures over dental bridges because, unlike bridges, partial dentures can be removed.
When you first get your dentures placed, it will feel a bit awkward for the first few weeks. It will take time for you to get to used the feel of them in your mouth, and it will take practice to figure out eating and speaking with dentures. If your dentures feel bulky or a bit loose at first, don’t worry. That is a common occurrence as your cheek and tongue muscles are still learning how to hold the dentures in place. Other common reactions are excessive saliva, feeling like your tongue doesn’t have enough room, and some soreness. If you experience any moderate or severe irritation, see your dentist.
Due to normal wear and tear, your dentures will need to be relined, remade, or rebased. Adjustments will also need to be made to accommodate the natural changes to your mouth as you age. Aside from these occasional adjustments, your dentures should hold up well with the proper care. Firstly, don’t let your dentures dry out. You’ll want to keep them in a special denture cleaning solution when you are not wearing them. Avoid placing your dentures in hot water as it will warp the material. Just like you brush and floss and your normal teeth daily, you should do the same for your denture to remove food and plaque that builds up.Additionally, you should still brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth each morning before inserting your dentures. Using a soft bristled toothbrush to do this will stimulate tissue circulation and remove plaque without causing irritation. As always, if you notice any crack, chips, or looseness in your dentures you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible. Do not try to fix your dentures on your own as it could result in irreversible damage.
To learn more about dentures and discover if they are right for you, call our office at 517-618-0987 to schedule an appointment. Our staff will be happy to answer any of your questions, and can determine the best course of treatment for your dental health.