A complete denture replaces natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without support from dentures, facial muscles sag and make a person look older.
How do They Work?
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over the gums. The base of the upper plate covers the palate, aka the roof of your mouth, while the lower is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate the tongue.
Alabama Family Dentistry has an on-site lab in Warrior, AL, where technicians make and repair dentures of all types. Each set is custom made for each patient.
An immediate denture is inserted when the remaining teeth are removed. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. A conventional complete denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the tissues have healed. Healing may take several months.
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
How Long Do They Last?
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing involves making a new base while keeping the existing teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause loosening which makes chewing difficult and irritating to the gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for an examination and cancer check.
Here are Tips for Caring for Your Dentures:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. They are delicate and may break if dropped.
- Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture-cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
- Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
- Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
- See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself. This can damage them beyond repair.
A full or partial denture can give you the ability to smile again without worrying about gaps or decay. Alabama Family Dentistry has its own lab to make and repair dentures. They are reliable and you can depend on them for a good fit and plenty of follow-up care. Call one of our 4 offices to make an appointment: Warrior, Gardendale, Sumiton, Birmingham/Acton Rd. If you live in one of the surrounding communities such as Smoke Rise, Mount Olive, Empire, Hoover, Vestalia, Homewood, or Mountainbrook, give us a call for an appointment.