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Dentures

Dentures, also known as false teeth or plates, are a viable option to consider if you have no or very few natural teeth remaining in your mouth. Denture technology today provides several options enabling you to restore the appearance of your smile, enjoy your favorite foods again, and say yes again to social invitations!

  • Enjoy your favorite foods
  • Say yes! to social invitations
  • Feel and look younger

 

Tooth loss

Aside from traumatic injury, most often teeth are lost one at a time over the course of several years for a variety of reasons including: gum disease, pulpal tooth decay, or unrestorable broken teeth or fractured teeth.
 
Top 3 reasons people have a tooth extracted

  1. Periodontal (gum) disease
  2. Pulpal tooth decay (cavity)
  3. Unrestorable broken tooth

If your missing tooth or teeth are not visible when smiling or in conversation, you may not initially think twice about the lasting impact of a single missing tooth until additional teeth are lost. The extraction of a single tooth will result in a space. Mother Nature does not like a void, if a missing tooth is not replaced promptly, adjacent and opposing teeth will shift, drift, and increases the likelihood that you may lose additional teeth.
 
The continued loss of additional teeth over your lifetime will eventually negatively impact your smile, prematurely age your outward facial appearance, your ability to chew and digest your favorite foods, as well as your ability to speak clearly. Additionally, research has shown that a person who has several missing teeth laugh and smile less and more often decline social invitations due to embarrassment and/or lack of self confidence.
 
Tooth loss can prematurely age you & negatively impact your health

  • Cheeks may appear sunken due to missing back molar teeth
  • Increased number and often more pronounced facial folds and wrinkles
  • Change in outward appearance of your lips
  • Change in the appearance of your side profile
  • Impact your ability to enjoy your favorite foods
  • Impact your body’s ability to digest food and absorb essential nutrients

 

Benefits of having dentures

Denture technology enables your dentist to replace any missing teeth and restore your smile.
 
Benefits of replacing missing teeth with dentures

  • Enjoy most of your favorite foods again!
  • Look years younger!
  • Boost your self confidence!
  • Say yes to social invitations!
  • Improve overall health.

 

Disadvantages of having dentures

Even with modern and advanced dental technology, replacement teeth will never exactly replicate your natural teeth you were born with.
 
Common disadvantages of having dentures

  • Must must be physically inserted and removed for daily care
  • Not able to eat all the foods you previously enjoyed
  • Will alter your taste of food and beverages
  • May move while eating or talking

 

Alternative denture treatment options

Many of our dental patients are surprised to learn about alternatives exist to having conventional dentures fabricated. Dental implants are a great alternative to consider.

 

Dental implant supported bridge

Dentistry for the Entire Family Dental implant supported bridge
 
Strategically placed dental implant supported bridges are a permanent solution. Dental implant supported bridges look and
function like natural teeth and can eliminate the need for dentures altogether.
 

Dental implant supported denture

Dentistry for the Entire Family Dental Implant Supported Denture
 
A dental implant supported partial denture is a viable option if you have remaining natural teeth yet or have an ill fitting existing denture or partial denture. This option includes the strategic placement of dental implants to provide unparalleled retentive support for a partial or conventional denture.
 

Dentistry for the Entire Family offers complimentary smile restoration consultations.

Discover what your options are.
Call (763) 586-9988 or click the green button below to request an appointment online.
 
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Types of dentures

There are several varieties of dentures available.

  • Conventional or traditional dentures
  • Immediate denture
  • Implant supported denture
  • Transitional or overdenture

 

Conventional or traditional dentures

Dentistry for the Entire Family in Fridley MN makes dentures
 
A denture (pictured above) is held in place by the suction seal created by saliva covered gum tissue and the fabricated denture. How well a denture fits depends upon many variables including an individual’s unique anatomy and amount of supporting bone. With proper handling and care, conventional dentures can last several years.
 

Immediate dentures

Just as the name implies, an immediate denture is fabricated and inserted in a single visit to avoid a “toothless” period. The fit of of an immediate denture will change as the supporting bone ridge heals following tooth extractions. A procedure called a reline will be necessary to improve the fit of the immediate denture long term.
 

Dental implant supported dentures

Dentistry for the Entire Family Dental Implant Supported Denture
 
A dental implant supported denture is supported by dental implants that are strategically placed in the jawbone. The dental
implant supported denture is inserted into the mouth and is securely held in place by copings (support post). A dental implant supported denture not only restores function, they also enable you to enjoy foods you previously had to give up. They require no adhesive, and will not move while eating or speaking.
 

Transitional partial denture

Dentistry for the Entire Family offers partial dentures
Source: Excel Dental Studios
 
A transitional or partial denture is for an option if you have a combination of missing and natural teeth. A transitional denture has openings (holes for the natural teeth) that enable the denture to rest on the bony ridge. If any remaining natural teeth require extraction in the future, the natural teeth openings can be replaced with an artificial tooth.
 

What are dentures made of?

Dentures are fabricated by a certified dental lab technician who specializes in the fabrication of dentures (denturist). Dentures are made of acrylic (plastic) inset with the patient’s choice and shade of either acrylic or porcelain teeth.

  • Implant supported dentures may contain additional metal or acrylic supports to securely attach denture to dental implants
  • Transitional or partial dentures often contain rubber like gaskets that surround remaining natural teeth
  • Partial dentures may contain metal support and/or clasps

Interesting fact: Our first president, George Washington is famously known for having had dentures made from wood. Contrary to popular belief, his dentures were not made from wood. Instead teeth were handcrafted from hippopotamus and elephant ivory and held together with gold springs (Source: Wikipedia).
 
 

Denture making process

The process and time it takes for your dentist to fabricate a denture varies widely. Factors include but not limited to:

  • The removal of existing natural teeth
  • Healing time following having natural teeth extracted
  • Whether or not dental implants will be placed

Fabricate denture

The actual fabrication of the denture itself requires the dentist to take a series of dental impressions, measurements, and selection
of aesthetic characteristics to enable the dental lab technician to fabricate your new denture/s.
 
Denture impressions & try in
The denture making process requires a sequential series of appointments as the dental lab technician completes each fabrication step of your new denture/s. These appointments are often called “try in” appointments. The number of appointments necessary varies among individuals.
 
Follow up visit

Additionally, after the final denture is fabricated and fitted, there will be additional follow up visits to manage the inevitable “sore spots” that will surface. Sore spots are normal and to be expected.
 
Sore spots result from uneven pressure of the denture and the underlying bone ridge and/or tissue. The dentist will examine your mouth and make necessary adjustments to your denture/s as needed until the fit is perfect and comfortable.
 

Dentistry for the Entire Family offers complimentary smile restoration consultations.

Discover what your options are.
Call (763) 586-9988 or click the green button below to request an appointment online .
 
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Denture care

Even if you have no natural teeth and your denture/s fit well, it is important to have them professionally cleaned and inspected by your dentist every 6 months. Overtime, your denture will build up unsightly stain and hard tartar buildup despite meticulous, daily care.
 
Maintain 6 month professional dental visits

  • Professionally clean and inspect denture
  • Evaluate the fit and supporting hard and soft tissue
  • Oral cancer screening

 

Daily denture care

  • Rinse your denture after eating and after drinking teeth staining beverages like coffee or tea
  • Soak your denture daily in a non abrasive, over the counter denture cleanser*** and afterwards brush denture clean with a toothbrush and rinse them with water
    ***Do not use over the counter denture cleaner if your denture has gaskets. This will cause your gaskets to dry out, become brittle, and will affect the fit of your denture.
  • Remove denture at night and store bedside in a glass of water
  • Keep your denture out of reach from pets and/or children
  • Avoid using products containing hydrogen peroxide to clean your denture

 

How to apply denture adhesive

 

Denture care for dry mouth

Having a dry mouth can impact the comfort of wearing your denture. Biotene™, has a complete line of products formulated to
help you manage and relieve the symptoms associated with dry mouth.
 
Biotene Dry Mouth Products
Image source: Biotene™

 

Dentures and smoking

Smoking and/or use of smokeless tobacco may stain your dentures and overtime permanently alter the brightness of your denture teeth. There are over the counter cleaners to help reduce unsightly stains. Dentures with porcelain teeth resist stain better than dentures fabricated with acrylic teeth.
 

Denture maintenance & repair

Denture mishaps happen, denture materials age, and over time the fit of your denture may change and cause your dentures to not
fit as tight as when they were new.
 

Denture reline

A denture reline is a procedure that restores the fit and extends the life of your dentures. Over time, the supporting bone ridge in your mouth changes and gradually cause the fit of your dentures to not fit so well.
 

Same day denture reline procedure

The dentist will take an impression of both your mouth and of your existing dentures and send these impressions out to our dental lab where a dental lab technician will clean, inspect, and restore your dentures fit as necessary.
 
If scheduled in advance, your denture can be relined in a single day. Call (763) 586-9988 to preschedule a 10 minute early appointment and a 10 minute late afternoon appointment. Doing this will minimize the time you are without your dentures.
 

Dentistry for the Entire Family offers same day denture repair

Chipped denture tooth?
Broken clasp?
Missing gasket?
Broken denture?
 
Most denture repairs can be completed in a single day. Call (763) 586-9988 to schedule a denture repair appointment.
 
Warning!
Do NOT attempt to repair your denture or partial with an over the counter adhesive like super glue. These products are not safe for use in the mouth.
 

Dentures FAQ’s

Q. How much are dentures?

A. The cost of dentures depends on many factors including type of denture, if there are teeth that need to be extracted, etc. Your dentist will discuss your options and will provide you an estimate of costs for you to make an informed decision.

 
Q. Are dentures covered by my dental insurance?

A. Many dental insurance plans provide dental benefits for the fabrication of dentures and partial dentures. Feel free to ask one of our patient care coordinators for assistance.

 
Q. How long do dentures last?

A. Fitted, maintained dentures can last several years.

 
Q. How long does it take from start to finish to have dentures made?

A. The process to make a denture involves several steps and is different for each person. Dentistry for the Entire Family offers complimentary consultations for you to meet and discuss your specific situation with a dentist.

 

Dentistry for the Entire Family offers complimentary smile restoration consultations.

Discover what your options are. Call (763) 586-9988 or click the green button below to request an appointment online.
 
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Wednesday 7:30am - 8:00pm

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