Dentures are removable prosthetic appliances that are custom-made to look and feel like natural teeth. They are used to replace missing teeth and restore oral functions. Dentures can be removable or fixed (supported by dental implants).
The artificial teeth in dentures are made from porcelain in most cases, and the base is made from pink acrylic resin.
Types of Dentures
There are three main types of dentures. The first is partial dentures. They are used to replace multiple missing teeth. The second type is full dentures. They are used to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. Immediate dentures are full dentures that are fitted immediately after all of the remaining teeth are removed. They allow patients to eat and speak properly while their final dentures are being created.
Maintaining Dentures - Best Practices
While dentures are removable, that doesn’t mean they are difficult to maintain. Dentures should be kept in a clean container overnight. When brushing your dentures, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. A denture brush with denture cleaner can also be used. Be sure to rinse your dentures thoroughly after soaking them to remove any residue.
Procedure for Getting Dentures
Our dentist will first assess the condition of your teeth and gums. The dentist may need to take X-rays, perform an oral cancer screening, and a gum disease evaluation. If you are suffering from extreme bone loss, you may need a bone graft before you can get dentures. Our dentist will take an impression of your remaining teeth and mouth. Then, a dental lab will fabricate your dentures. If you have chosen immediate or conventional dentures, our dentist will explain the timeline and walk you through the process.
Immediate dentures are temporary and worn until your mouth has healed completely and your dentures can properly fit. This means that, while your permanent dentures are fabricated and fitted, you will not be without teeth. Once your permanent dentures are ready, you will return to the office for a fitting.
For conventional dentures, our dentist will use the impression of your mouth to custom-make your new dentures. These dentures require several fittings and adjustments. Our dentist will work with you to ensure your dentures fit properly and comfortably.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Paramount Dental Care, call (561) 844-7735 or schedule your consultation online. You can also visit us at 400 Executive Center Drive #103, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.