If you’ve lost a number of consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth or a full row, the Michel Dental team can help. We offer our patients custom crafted, high quality partial and full dentures. Using the latest materials and treatment methods, we can deliver comfortable, functional dentures that keep patients of all ages smiling. If you want to learn more about partial and full dentures or any of our preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, call our office to schedule your treatment consultation at Michel Dental today. We’ll assess your situation and help you find the right treatment option to meet your needs.
Partial dentures are used to fill the gaps left by numerous lost teeth. They are shaped using a gum-colored base material to support all of the replacement teeth within a single prosthetic. The base fits snugly between the remaining healthy teeth. Partial dentures are held in place using metal clasps.
Full dentures replace an entire row of teeth. Like partial dentures, they are crafted using a gum-colored base to support the replacement teeth. Because there are no healthy teeth remaining to provide support for a full denture, it is held in place through natural suction between the gum and denture base. Patients can also use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve the stability.
In the past, dentures were made from heavy materials that could cause discomfort and even damage the remaining healthy teeth. Today, they are made from lightweight acrylics and quality ceramics that make them much more comfortable. Fortunately, just because they aren’t as heavy as the old fashioned dentures doesn’t mean they won’t last as long. In fact, most patients can maintain their partial or full dentures for seven to ten years with proper care.
Simply remove your dentures in the mornings and at night before bed. Use an ultra soft toothbrush or specialized denture brush to remove food particles and plaque buildup. You should store your denture in cool water or a denture cleaning solution any time you’re not wearing it to prevent it from drying out. If you have healthy teeth remaining, you’ll still need to brush and floss them. During your six month dental exams, we’ll assess the fit and function of your denture and make repairs as necessary to prolong its life.
In addition to removable partial and full dentures, we are happy to offer implant-retained replacement prosthetics. These tooth replacement options offer increased stability and longevity, creating a more natural look and feel. Traditional removable dentures only restore about 20% of healthy chewing function, but an implant retained denture can bring back 70% or more, allowing you to consume a wider array of foods. These treatments require a sizeable financial and time commitment on the front end, but the long lasting, natural-looking results make this investment worthwhile.
Dentures are one of the most popular solutions for tooth replacement. However, if you’re considering this option, you may be curious about various aspects of dentures. Dr. Michel wants his patients to have all the information they need to feel confident in their treatment. That’s why he’s included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dentures. Read on to learn some of the most significant denture FAQ’s in Topeka & Silver Lake.
With proper care, dentures can last at least 5 to 7 years. However, to get the most out of your dentures, it’s vital to maintain them by cleaning your prosthesis and your mouth daily. You will also visit our office for routine checkups, where we can make any adjustments to your dentures if needed. Typically, you will need what is called a reline, which allows us to adjust your denture to be more comfortable in your mouth as time goes on.
When you first get your dentures, there is a slight adjustment period. It may feel different to chew, speak, and smile, but these routine activities will quickly get easier. Saying certain words may be especially difficult at first, but you can certainly improve your speech by practicing in the mirror. After this short time getting used to your dentures, you’ll be able to speak, eat, and grin with the ultimate confidence of having a full smile.
Because no two smiles are the same, the only way to know with certainty what type of denture is best for you is to visit our office for a consultation. Dr. Michel will carefully examine your mouth, the condition of your oral health, and your pattern of tooth loss. From there, he will develop a personalized treatment plan with a recommendation that will provide amazing results. Typically, patients who are missing teeth more randomly throughout their mouth are candidates for partial dentures. If you’re missing all or most of your teeth, full dentures are probably the perfect solution. And, if you want the most stable smile available, implant-retained dentures could be the right option!
There are various types of dentures, which is why the cost of your treatment will vary. After examining your mouth, Dr. Michel will need to treat any preexisting problems like gum disease, which may impact the overall cost of your treatment. Keep in mind that usually the more teeth you need replacing, the higher the cost of your dentures will be. Additionally, implant-retained dentures will typically have a higher price tag than traditional dentures.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office!
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