Complete And Partial Dentures
Whether some or all of your natural teeth are missing, we may be able to restore the functionality of your mouth and aesthetics of your smile with dentures.
Since our office is conveniently located in Canton, OH, you don’t have to go far to get great professional denture service.
What is a denture?
A denture is synthetic teeth attached to a plastic base that has been made to match your natural teeth and gums.
Besides making your smile look better, dentures also fix the way your mouth functions overall. Dentures also support your cheeks and lips to reduce sagging of the muscles in your face.
What are some of the different types of dentures?
Below are some types of dentures that might be available to you. Even though there are many options, not all patients are good candidates for every type of denture. During your appointment, we will let you know which options may work best for you.
Conventional Complete Dentures
Conventional complete dentures consist of an upper denture and a lower denture.
The upper denture is made to replace all of your teeth in your upper jaw. It covers the roof of your mouth and fits securely on your upper gums and palate.
The lower denture is made to take the place of all your teeth in your lower jaw. It sits on the lower gums and stays in place with the help of your tongue, saliva, and cheek muscles.
Your mouth must be clear of all natural teeth before conventional complete dentures are placed. If some of your teeth need to be removed, the dentures will be placed once your gums have healed.
Implant-Supported Complete Dentures
Like conventional complete dentures, implant-supported complete dentures replace all of your natural teeth. Instead of relying solely on the structure, tongue, saliva, and cheek muscles, this type of dentures uses implants to keep them secure.
Implant-supported complete dentures are placed on healthy gums that have fully recovered from teeth extractions and/or implant placements.
Immediate dentures are put into place right after all of your remaining teeth have been removed. You do not have to wait for your gums to heal before the immediate dentures are placed. The dentist may need to make adjustments once your gums have fully healed.
Partial dentures are also comprised of synthetic teeth attached to a plastic base made to look like your natural teeth and gums. Below the plastic base they usually have a framework that attaches to your teeth. Unlike complete dentures, partial dentures cannot be placed in a mouth with no teeth.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures require special attention to keep them working well and looking good.
Dentures are fragile and should be handled very carefully at all times. They can break after being dropped just a few inches.
When they are not in your mouth, handle your dentures over a folded towel or sink of cool water. Never place your dentures in hot water since the heat can warp them.
When not in your mouth, dentures need to be stored in water so they will not dry out and lose their shape. Alos, be sure to keep your dentures out of the reach of pets and children.
Like your natural teeth, your dentures need to be cleaned well.
Remove them from your mouth and rinse with cool water to remove loose food particles. Use a denture brush or soft bristled toothbrush with denture cleanser to clean them. Once you have finished cleaning your dentures, rinse them with cool water in case there are chemicals in the cleanser that are not meant to go into your mouth.
Since dentures are more delicate and not made of the same materials as natural teeth and gums, do not use toothpaste or hard bristled toothbrushes to clean them. Such cleaning materials may be too abrasive and scratch your dentures. This can leave them less attractive, more susceptible to stains, and harder to clean. Use denture cleaners that meet the American Dental Association’s standards for effectiveness and safety. These products have the ADA Seal of Acceptance on them.
You should continue to clean all parts of the inside of your mouth daily as well. Brushing your palate, tongue, and gums every morning with a soft brush increases the circulation in your tissue and helps get rid of plaque.
To keep your dentures in place and properly supported, you should maintain a healthy mouth. Along with cleaning your mouth daily, a balanced diet can keep your mouth strong. Also, avoid foods that may discolor or damage your dentures.
Visit the Dentist
You should visit the dentist to make sure your dentures and mouth are functioning together correctly. Besides checking the fit of your dentures, the dentist will also look for any signs of oral diseases.
How do I know if I should get dentures?
When teeth are missing, there are many different ways to help your mouth function optimally and look great. Making an appointment with a dentist is the best way to determine what type of treatment is best for you.
At Henzel Smith Family Dentistry we work with the top denture lab specialists in Canton, Massillon, North Canton, Greentown, and nearby areas to get you the best dentures possible in OH.
Give us a call at (330) 493-3940 to schedule an appointment.
Let’s us help you feel great with an awesome looking smile!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VALPLAST PARTIALS
- When the partial is taken out it is to be stored DRY.
- If sore spots develop call our office and make an appointment for an adjustment.
- Do NOT attempt to adjust the partial yourself, you may ruin the appliance and you will be responsible for repair or replacement costs.
- To clean: At least once a day, remove the partial and brush thoroughly with liquid hand soap and rinse well. Don’t use toothpaste! Toothpaste is too abrasive and will scratch your partial. The partial may then be soaked in a commercial denture cleanser called Val clean. Val clean is not sold in stores but to order you can call 1800-843-2861.
- It is generally preferred not to wear dentures while sleeping, the tissues need to rest so they don’t become red or irritated. Should you not feel comfortable taking your partial out at night then you must find 1 hour every day to go without it.
- It may take several days or even weeks for you to adapt to your new partial. We will do all we can to help you. Your new partial may feel large or full at first; this is normal.
- Your partial denture will be inspected at regular cleaning appointments.
- It is very important you keep the remaining natural teeth by using proper home care and having your 6 month cleaning and check up to help prevent decay and/or gum disease.
- Eating sticky foods will dislodge your partial so they are discouraged.
- Be careful not to drop your partial when cleaning. It is helpful to have water or a wet wash cloth in the sink to cushion a fall.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REMOVABLE PARTIALS/DENTURES
- If sore spots develop call our office and make an appointment for an adjustment.
- Do NOT attempt to adjust the denture yourself, you may ruin the appliance and you will be responsible for repair or replacement costs. Your first two adjustments are included in the fee of the appliance so make an appointment and let us adjust it for you properly.
- To clean: Do NOT use toothpaste!!!! Toothpaste is very abrasive and will scratch the resin portion of the denture. At least once a day remove the dentures and brush thoroughly with liquid hand soap or liquid dish washing soap and rinse well. The denture may then be soaked in a commercial denture cleanser such as Polident, Efferdent or you may even use water with a splash of white vinegar.
- It is generally preferred to not wear dentures while sleeping. They may “soak “all night in cleanser or clear water. The tissues require “rest” or they will become red and irritated if dentures are worn constantly. If you prefer to not take them out at night then you may choose one hour out of each day when you are alone to leave them out.
- It may take several days or even weeks for you to adapt to your new dentures/partials. Don’t get discouraged! We will do all we can to help you. Your new denture may feel large or “full” at first; this is normal. Don’t expect to eat all the things you were used to eating prior to getting your dentures/partials. This will be a learning curve for you! Start out small then work your way up; place small amounts of food on both sides of your mouth then chew. This helps train your muscles and gets you used to chewing with your new appliances.
- If you have an Interim or “healing” denture/partial that is exactly what it is. It is simply for healing purposes and to get you through the healing process after your surgery. This denture/partial will need adjustments and relines as you heal. Don’t hesitate to call for these appointments! They are included in the fee of the appliances. During this time it is very important for you to make notes of the likes and dislikes of the appliances so when we go to start the final dentures/partials we can make those changes. I.E. Shade, shape of the teeth, position of the teeth and so forth. We can only make these changes if you help us by telling us you concerns.
- Your partial will be inspected at regular cleaning appointments. Complete dentures will be inspected and adjusted as needed at annual exam appointments.
- SOME partial dentures and all complete dentures need to be relined after about five years and replaced after about 10-12 years due to wearing of the teeth.
- If you have a partial denture it is very important you keep the remaining natural teeth clean by proper home care and by coming every 6 months for you cleaning and check up to prevent decay and/or gum disease.
- Eating sticking foods will dislodge dentures and is discouraged. It also sticks to your dentures and is hard to remove.
- Be careful not to drop your denture when cleaning. It is helpful to have water or a wet wash cloth in the sink to cushion a fall.