Dentures, commonly referred to as “complete dentures,” are specialized teeth-replacement devices. In addition to replacing natural teeth, dentures also provide critical support for the lips and cheeks. They can be made to fit over endodontically treated teeth (i.e., teeth that have undergone non-surgical root canals), as well as attached to dental implants for greater stability and a more secure fit.
There are many types of dentures to address a variety of dental concerns. At Gonzales Dental, we offer a complete range of dentures for patients in Gonzales and the surrounding areas, including conventional dentures, immediate dentures, and upper/lower dentures. Our dentists can help you find the right solution based on your unique needs. We take great pride in ensuring our patients have all the available information and resources they need to make empowered decisions about their oral health.
If you would like to learn more about dentures, as well as how Gonzales Dental can help with your dental health needs, contact us online or by phone at (830) 971-0268 today.
There are many different types of dentures, all of which can be customized to meet your unique dental and oral health needs.
Below is an overview of the most common types of dentures:
- Traditional/Conventional Dentures: Traditional, or conventional, dentures are what most people think of when they think of dentures. Conventional dentures replace the full set of teeth, top and bottom. Typically, they can be placed anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks after the natural teeth have been extracted.
- Partial Dentures: When an individual still has a few natural teeth, such as one or two upper or lower teeth, they may wish to receive partial dentures. Partial dentures are removable, making them a convenient option for replacing numerous teeth. They can also prevent the remaining natural teeth from moving.
- Immediate Dentures: Unlike most dentures, which can only be placed several weeks after the natural teeth have been removed, immediate dentures can be placed soon after teeth are extracted—often on the same day. Only certain patients will qualify as good candidates for immediate dentures.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: As the name suggests, implant-supported dentures are supported by dental implants that are placed within the mouth. Dental implants are made to match the natural color and shape of the patient’s teeth and provide a strong, supportive foundation for the dentures.
- Upper/Lower Dentures: Upper dentures are used to replace the upper teeth, whereas lower dentures replace the lower teeth. Upper and lower dentures are often ideal solutions for patients who are missing certain teeth or must have specific teeth extracted but are able to retain their other natural teeth.
- Snap-In Dentures: Snap-in dentures are a secure, stable option thanks to the use of dental implants and/or anchors that are attached to the patient’s natural teeth. These dentures also have “locator attachments” that allow the dentures to “snap” onto the implants or anchors, making them fully removable.
This is not a complete list of the available types of dentures. Our professionals at Gonzales Dental can help you review all of your options and determine the right solution for you.
Caring for Your Dentures
Just like natural teeth, dentures require regular maintenance. Although all dentures will eventually need to be repaired, relined, rebased, and/or replaced, proper denture care can extend the lifespan of your dentures and prevent a wide range of problems.
Here are some basic tips for at-home denture care:
- Remember: your dentures are breakable! Always handle your dentures with care.
- Remove your dentures after eating and rinse them to remove food particles and debris.
- Remove, soak, and brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least once a day.
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush or gauze to clean your natural teeth, tongue, and palette daily.
- Soak your dentures in water and/or a mild solution specifically made for dentures overnight.
- Always rinse your dentures carefully after soaking and before placing them back in your mouth.
You should also schedule regular exams and check-ups with your dentist. The exact number of times you should visit your dentist each year will depend on the specific details of your situation. Our team at Gonzales Dental can provide personalized recommendations for routine visits, as well as custom at-home denture care tips.
What Is Denture Relining?
Over time, the fit of your dentures will change, and you will need to have them adjusted. One option is a denture reline.
Denture relining is a fast, straightforward procedure in which your dentist first removes a small amount of material from the denture plate before applying resin directly to the dentures. Then, your dentist will ask you to place the dentures in your mouth and gently bite down. This makes an impression in the resin, which will eventually harden.
There are two types of denture relining:
- Hard Relining: Hard relining is the more traditional form of denture reline. This is a fast, comfortable, and long-lasting option that can usually be completed in a single visit. Hard relining uses an acrylic resin, much like the original acrylic used to make your dentures. Most hard relines last about one to two years.
- Soft Relining: Soft relining utilizes a silicone resin that is softer and more flexible than the acrylic resin used in hard relining. This often means that the base of the denture is more comfortable, making this an excellent choice for patients with very sensitive gums. However, soft relining does not last as long as hard relining, and you will need to come in more often to have the process repeated.
Denture relining offers an array of benefits. It can reduce or eliminate irritation, discomfort, and sores associated with various types of dentures. It can also make chewing easier, as well as address a variety of speech issues associated with incorrectly fitted dentures. Denture relining is also a much more affordable option than full denture replacement.
Denture Repairs & Rebasing
Sometimes, the base of your dentures may wear out faster than the artificial teeth. When this happens, rebasing can be used to extend the life of your dentures and help you avoid having to replace your dentures altogether.
A denture rebase involves the removal and replacement of the acrylic denture base. As such, it is similar to a denture reline, which involves the replacement of the lining of the base material.
You may be a good candidate for denture rebasing if the artificial teeth of your dentures are still in good condition, but the base is:
Denture rebasing can also be used to repair or replace immediate dentures. Our team at Gonzales Dental can help you determine if this is an ideal option for you, or if you may wish to consider alternative denture repair options.
Contact Us Today to Learn More
If you are interested in having dentures placed, or if you would simply like more information on dentures in Gonzales or any of the surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to contact Gonzales Dental and schedule an exam with one of our friendly and knowledgeable dentists. We are happy to answer your questions and provide more information on our payment plans and financing options.
We take great pride in offering a wide range of top-quality restorative dental services. Our treatments are designed to improve your oral health and enhance the look and feel of your smile so that you can feel confident, day in and day out.
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