Full DenturesFull dentures, also known as complete dentures, are removable dental prosthetics designed to replace all of the natural teeth in an arch (either upper or lower) or both arches. They are an excellent option for individuals who have lost all of their teeth due to decay, gum disease, or trauma. Full dentures not only restore the appearance of a natural smile but also improve speech, chewing ability, and overall oral function.
The process of obtaining full dentures typically involves multiple appointments. During the initial consultation, our experienced dentists will evaluate your oral health, discuss your needs and goals, and develop a customized treatment plan. Impressions and measurements of your mouth will be taken to create a set of dentures that fit snugly and comfortably. Our skilled dental laboratory technicians will craft the dentures with precision, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
Once your full dentures are ready, you will return for a fitting appointment. Our dentists will check the fit, aesthetics, and bite alignment of the dentures, making any necessary adjustments for comfort and functionality. They will also provide guidance on how to care for your dentures and maintain good oral hygiene.
Partial DenturesPartial dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace one or several missing teeth when some natural teeth remain. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base, which is supported by metal or plastic clasps that grip onto the remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures not only fill in the gaps left by missing teeth but also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
The process of obtaining partial dentures is similar to that of full dentures. Our dentists will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, discuss your treatment options, and take impressions of your teeth and gums. The impressions will be sent to our dental laboratory, where skilled technicians will fabricate your custom partial dentures.
During the fitting appointment, our dentists will ensure that the partial dentures fit securely and comfortably. They will make any necessary adjustments to the clasps and check the bite alignment for optimal functionality. Our team will provide instructions on how to properly clean and care for your partial dentures to maintain their longevity and keep your oral health in excellent condition.
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Why Do I Need to See a Dentist If I Wear Dentures?
- Oral Health Check-up: Regular dental check-ups allow your dentist to examine your oral tissues, gums, and remaining teeth (if any) for any signs of disease, infection, or oral cancer. These routine examinations can help detect early-stage issues that may not be noticeable to you.
- Denture Assessment: Dentures can wear down, become ill-fitting, or develop small cracks or fractures over time. Regular dental visits enable your dentist to assess the condition of your dentures and make any necessary adjustments or repairs to ensure they continue to fit properly and function optimally.
- Gum Health: Denture wearers are still susceptible to gum disease. Your dentist will examine your gums for any signs of inflammation, infection, or changes in tissue health. They can provide guidance on proper denture care, including cleaning techniques and the use of denture adhesives, to maintain healthy gum tissues.
- Jawbone Health: Wearing dentures can lead to gradual bone loss in the jaw over time. Regular dental visits allow your dentist to monitor the health of your jawbone and provide preventive measures or treatment options to mitigate bone loss if necessary.
- Oral Hygiene: Even though you have dentures, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial. Your dentist can offer guidance on proper denture cleaning techniques, recommend specific oral hygiene products, and provide tips for maintaining a clean and healthy mouth.
- Denture Relining or Replacement: Over time, changes in your jawbone structure or oral tissues may cause your dentures to become loose or uncomfortable. Regular dental visits allow your dentist to assess the fit of your dentures and recommend relining or replacement when needed to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.
- Overall Oral Health: While dentures replace missing teeth, they do not provide the same level of function and support as natural teeth. Regular dental visits allow your dentist to monitor your overall oral health and address any concerns or issues you may have, helping to maintain your overall well-being.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace missing teeth and restore oral function and aesthetics.
What is the difference between full and partial dentures?
Full dentures replace all teeth in an arch (either upper or lower), while partial dentures are designed to replace one or several missing teeth and are supported by existing natural teeth.
How are dentures made?
Dentures are custom-made using impressions of your mouth. These impressions guide the creation of a mold for the dentures, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit.
How long does it take to get dentures?
The timeframe for getting dentures can vary. Generally, it takes a few weeks from the initial impressions to the final fitting. Multiple appointments may be needed to achieve the perfect fit and appearance.
Are dentures comfortable to wear?
Modern dentures are designed for comfort, and most patients adapt to them quickly. It may take a short adjustment period to get used to the feel of dentures.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
Yes, with time and practice, you should be able to eat a variety of foods. Initially, it's recommended to start with softer foods and gradually reintroduce harder items.
How do I care for my dentures?
Dentures should be cleaned daily with a soft brush and mild denture cleaner. They should be removed at night, soaked in a denture solution, and kept moist to maintain their shape.
Do I need adhesive for my dentures?
In most cases, well-fitted dentures do not require adhesive. However, some patients may choose to use a small amount for added stability, especially with lower dentures.
How often should I see the dentist with dentures?
Regular dental check-ups are still important with dentures. The dentist will examine the fit, make any necessary adjustments, and check for any changes in oral health.
Can dentures be repaired if damaged?
Yes, dentures can be repaired. If damaged, it's important not to attempt self-repairs; instead, contact your dentist for professional assistance.
Can dentures improve my appearance?
Absolutely. Dentures are crafted to resemble natural teeth and can enhance your facial features, restoring a more youthful appearance.
Are there alternatives to traditional dentures?
Yes, dental implants can be used to support dentures, providing increased stability and preventing issues like slippage. Your dentist can discuss the best options for your specific needs.
Disclaimer: Please note that the provided information above is based on general knowledge, and it's always recommended to consult with our dentists at Seattle Crown Hill Dental for personalized advice and recommendations regarding your or your child's specific dental needs and conditions. For any questions or concerns, please call our Seattle dentist office at (206) 789-0111.
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