Full Dentures and Partial Dentures
Full and partial replacement of natural teeth. Often removable, dentures have been around for hundreds of years.
False Teeth To Make Your Smile Beautiful Again
Designed and fitted correctly, full dentures look and function like natural teeth; however, full dentures are removable for proper cleaning, and just like natural teeth, dentures require daily brushing.
Dentures, often times referred to as “false teeth,” replace missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth is not new technology. In 700 BC, artisans began replacing missing teeth with teeth that were hand carved from ivory and bone: a tedious and time-consuming process. Luckily, people who want to replace their missing teeth no longer have to wait for crafters to carve teeth for them. Advanced Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, can readily manufacture an upper, lower, or a full set of dentures in their office for your convenience. In lieu of the ancient use of ivory and bone, they use a porcelain composite to quickly manufacture your false teeth that fit comfortably and look natural.
How do I know Full Dentures are for Me?
Dr. Koch will determine if you require full dentures. For instance, if all of your teeth are missing, full dentures are for you. If some of your teeth are missing and your remaining teeth require dental treatments, then full dentures are for you because Dr. Koch may recommend the extraction of your remaining teeth to give you a complete smile. In addition to creating a prized smile, full dentures improve your eating and speaking abilities. With full dentures, Dr. Koch can create the perfect size, shape, and color of your teeth. At Advanced Dental Care, we want you to feel confident when you smile. Sometimes, full dentures are necessary to accomplish that confident feeling.
Where are Full Dentures Manufactured?
At Advanced Dental Care, we manufacture your custom-made, full dentures. Because the process involved in creating your perfect smile – your set of full dentures – requires the utmost perfection, the process takes more than one visit to our office, usually four or six. During your first visit, Dr. Koch or his hygienist take impressions of your mouth. Later visits are for consultation and fittings. During the consultation visit, Dr. Koch makes recommendations as to the appropriate size, shape, and color your artificial teeth should be; however, the final selection is yours to make, choosing the full dentures that create the smile makeover you desire.
How do Full Dentures Stay in Place?
By placing your denture over your gum, you create suction between your gum and the denture. Most times, the suction created is sufficient to hold your denture in place; however, sometimes, you may want to use a bonding agent to secure your false teeth in place. If the suction and adhesive product are ineffective and you still experience constant slipping of the denture, Dr. Koch may recommend dental implants to remedy the slippage situation.
How Will I Know if My Full Dentures Fit Correctly?
The impression Dr. Koch or his hygienist took of your mouth provided them with the mold they used to manufacture your full dentures. They should fit properly; nevertheless, sometimes they may need to make an adjustment. You should allow at least a month or two for adjustment to your new, full dentures, allowing speaking, eating, and smiling functions to become as natural as if your are using your natural teeth, but if at any time, you have discomfort or notice your top and bottom dentures do not align properly, call our office as soon as possible. We want you to enjoy your new, full dentures without any difficulties.
Following are guidelines to go by in determining a proper fit of your new full dentures and to help you through your adjustment stage.
Do I have a proper fit?
- Not if my dentures slip while I eat, talk, or smile
- Not if my gums get sore
- Not if I accumulate excessive saliva or have a dry mouth
Helpful Aids During the Adjustment Stage
- Eating – Make sure to cut smaller-sized bites when you are eating, steam your vegetables, and avoid hard-to-eat meats, such as steak
- Speaking – Make sure to read aloud to notice pronunciation irregularities
- Adjusting – Make sure to massage your gums gently and drink water to help with dry mouth and to reduce excessive saliva
- Slipping – Make sure to ask Advanced Dental Care for their recommended dental adhesive
Full Dentures Maintenance
When designed and fitted properly, full dentures look and function like natural teeth; in fact, you should treat them as if they are your natural teeth. You should remove them every day for proper cleaning and daily brushing.
Remember how your natural teeth collected bacteria and created plaque? Well, full dentures collect bacteria and create plaque, too, and plaque still can build up on your gums. Brushing your false teeth and gums gently with a mild soap, a mild dish washing detergent, or baking soda prevents future dental problems. Notice toothpaste was not listed for brushing your dentures. Unlike with your natural teeth, toothpaste can be too abrasive for your new dentures. Advanced Dental Care can recommend the appropriate product for cleaning your full dentures.
With Full Dentures, do I still need a Dental Exam?
Yes! We at Advanced Dental Care always enjoy seeing our patients. You made the right decision to correct your smile with full dentures, and even though they are false teeth, you still want to schedule dental check ups to protect your dentures and gums. Dr. Koch wants to ward off any potential dental issues. He will want to check the soft tissue of your mouth, including your tongue and cheeks. A dental exam is the perfect opportunity for him to determine any infections or mouth conditions and perform an oral cancer exam. Correcting dental issues at their earliest onset is how Advanced Dental Care can maintain your optimal oral health. Based on your specific dental health, Dr. Koch will recommend how often you should visit our office.
Both For Functional & Aesthetic Purposes
One of the significant advantages of partial dentures is that they are removable, which can make chewing easier.
Explaining Partial Dentures
If your dental condition is such that you only have one or more missing teeth requiring replacement, Advanced Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, may recommend partial dentures. As their name suggest, partial dentures are a reduced version of full dentures; however, they are still removable, custom-made dentures composed of lightweight metal alloys partially covered by a gum-colored acrylic to create a more natural look for your smile. The partial dentures are made of plastic resins or porcelain. What is different about partial dentures as opposed to a full set of dentures is they have metal clasps on each end of the partial denture that secures the device to your adjacent teeth of the area that requires tooth or teeth replacements.
Are Partial Dentures Right for Me?
When you want to replace a missing tooth or a few missing teeth due to injury, disease, or age or perhaps you simply want to improve your smile, then you are an excellent candidate for partial dentures. Dr. Koch or his knowledgeable dental team at Advanced Dental Care is readily available to discuss your options for replacement teeth. During your discussion with Dr. Koch, he will evaluate the dental health of your remaining teeth and overall dental health goals to make the optimum recommendation for you.
Are there Advantages to Using Partial Dentures?
Patients consider the most significant advantage of partial dentures to be their easy removal from the mouth. Sometimes, if you remove the partial denture, your chewing may be easier. Another advantage of wearing partial dentures is that they allow for an even distribution of your bite pressure that saves on the wearing down of gum and bone area where your tooth or teeth are gone. In addition, Dr. Koch manufactures your partial dentures in a manner that does not allow the anchoring metal clasps to show. He creates a more natural look, and regrettably, if tooth replacement is needed in the same area, Dr. Koch can easily add a new tooth to your existing set of partial dentures.
Although Dr. Koch prefers permanent dental implants, evaluation of your particular options for tooth or teeth replacement may indicate that partial dentures will work more efficiently for your specific dental issues. For instance, partial dentures are effective immediately; whereas, dental implants require more time to heal. Perhaps, the greatest advantage of partial dentures when considering tooth or teeth replacement is they are nearly always much less expensive than dental implants or other dental options.
Are there Options as to the Types of Partial Dentures I can Choose?
Advanced Dental Care will guide you through choosing the type of partial dentures that satisfies your replacement tooth or teeth issues. We want to ensure the partial denture we create gives you a smile that makes you feel good and confident about yourself. You have the following types of partial dentures available from which to choose.
- Precision partial dentures – Although difficult to adjust, precision partial dentures are less visible than removable partials.
- Flipper partial dentures – Flipper partial dentures use metal and acrylic plastic to anchor the partial device to your adjacent teeth; they are the least expensive of the partial dentures.
- Cast-metal partial dentures – Constructed from cast-metal, the cast-metal partial dentures are more durable than flipper partial dentures. Supported in their entirety by a metal framework, they rest on your adjacent teeth.
- Flexible-framework partial dentures – Lab technicians manufacture flexible-framework partial dentures from a nylon-based plastic. Nearly undetectable, the partial suctions to the roof or base of the mouth and forms around the gums above your adjacent teeth. Unlike the possibility with other partial dentures and their construction, flexible-framework partial dentures will not strain or deteriorate your natural teeth.
Dr. Koch can manufacture partial dentures in many forms; however, one similarity shared by all partial dentures is that your teeth on either side of the partial denture always support the device; therefore, maintaining optimum dental health of your remaining, natural teeth is necessary to the success of your partial dentures.
I Want Partial Dentures, Now What?
Before even considering partial dentures, schedule your dental exam with Dr. Koch to determine if you are, in fact, a candidate for partial dentures. He will evaluate your remaining teeth and gums for any signs of gum disease or unstable teeth. If these conditions are present, however, they do not mean you are not a candidate for partial dentures, but you may require prior dental treatment before wearing partial dentures. As previously mentioned, partial dentures rely on your gums and your existing teeth for secure placement. What Dr. Koch may recommend are dental procedures to rectify any present dental issues prior to wearing your partial dentures. The corrective measures make sure the partial dentures will not cause further deterioration of your oral health.
Because you chose partial dentures, Advanced Dental Care’s goal is for you to wear those partial dentures comfortably, confidently, and smilingly. We always achieve of goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dentures comfortable?
Dentures can be comfortable to wear once you get used to them. For the first few weeks, they may feel a little strange. This is normal and you’ll adjust to them with continued wear.
If you aren’t able to adjust to your dentures, there may be some adjustments Dr. Koch can make. You may also consider implant-supported dentures — in this case, your dentures can be attached to dental implants. These dentures tend to feel more natural and are very stable.
Can dentures cause dry mouth?
As long as your dentures are properly fitted and are used correctly, they don’t cause dry mouth. If you already have dry mouth, you may have difficulty using dentures. This is because dentures require saliva to adhere to your gums.
If you have difficulty with dry mouth and dentures, you may consider another tooth replacement solution. Dr. Koch can attach your dentures more securely using dental implants, so they won’t require adhesive and won’t slide around throughout the day.
Can dentures look natural?
Yes, dentures can look natural. Dr. Koch will work closely with you so you can smile without hesitation while wearing your dentures. Part of the function of your dentures is to give you a natural-looking smile so you can not only eat and speak properly, but also smile.
What do I do when my dentures don’t fit right?
If you have an issue with your dentures, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Koch by calling 409-224-8197. He’ll examine your dentures and determine the issue. He can suggest alterations to your current dentures, new dentures, or implant-supported dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants placed in your jaw. Dental implants can make your denture more stable so it won’t slide around in your mouth. There are also more benefits to dental implants, such as their ability to strengthen your jaw.