Secure Dentures for the Modern World

Dentures are meant to replace missing teeth and can either be permanent or removable. While they may take some time to get used to, our team at Leedy Dental make sure that your dentures are as natural and as comfortable as ever.

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Dentures

How do Dentures Work?

Traditional full dentures include an acrylic base designed to mimic your natural gums, which is placed on top. The base of the upper denture shields the roof of your mouth, while the lower half has a shape of a horseshoe to accommodate the tongue. Today, we also offer implant supported dentures that don’t require the base, so they’re less bulky and more life-like and secure.

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Types of Dentures

Our state of the art in-house dental lab primarily creates two types of dentures: full and partial. After an initial consultation, our dental specialists will help you to choose which type would be appropriate (according to all or some teeth being replaced) and cost-effective for you.

All dentures created at our in-house lab are custom-made according to the impressions of your jaw.

  • Complete Full Denture – This type is placed inside your mouth after all the teeth have been extracted and the gums and tissue have had sufficient time to heal.
  • Immediate Full Denture – Immediate full dentures are inserted immediately after remaining teeth are removed. They need to be aligned for a few months after insertion to adapt the jaw bone as it heals.
  • Partial Denture – These dentures rest on a metal framework which is attached to the remainder of your natural teeth. They serve as a removable alternative to bridges and are sometimes used along with crowns, which serve as anchors for the denture.
  • Implant Supported Dentures – If you are a candidate for dental implants, we highly recommend securing dentures with implant supported dentures. This is the most life-like option as they don’t require denture adhesives and don’t cover the roof of your mouth. Implant dentures also prevent jawbone deterioration and stimulate new bone growth.

Using Your Dentures

Initially, you may feel awkward or uncomfortable. Eating and speaking will be a bit difficult but will improve with practice. A heavy or loose feeling in the mouth is natural since the muscles and tongue adapt to the new device. Excessive flow of saliva, feeling of soreness around the tongue and minor irritation is not unusual. However, if these symptoms persist without improvement, consult your dentist immediately.

Replacing Dentures

Dentures need to be periodically aligned, remade and rebased (making a new base while retaining the existing denture teeth). Adaptations also need to be made according to changes with age. The minimum period for a denture is between three to six months, after which a replacement is advised.

Caring for Dentures

The following tips will help you care for and maintain your dentures:

  • Dentures are delicate and might break or crack if dropped. Always handle them with care.
  • Avoid drying out your dentures. Place them in a cleaning solution overnight when you’ve removed them.
  • Brush your dentures daily to remove plaque and pieces of food that might be stuck between them. This will also avoid staining.
  • Always use a soft-bristled brush on your gums, tongue, and palate before wearing your dentures. This stimulates circulation and removes plaque.
  • Never try to repair or tighten your dentures, always consult your dentist.

If you’re ready to remember what it was like to live without worrying about your teeth, we would love to help you improve your smile, your confidence, and your quality of life with our modern denture options.

If you have any questions about dentures or are ready to schedule a consultation with your Abilene denture dentist, Dr. Leedy, Dr. Webb or Dr. Green at Leedy Dental, give us a call today at (325) 268-0013 or schedule a visit online!

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