Perhaps you have lost all, or most of, your natural teeth. In situations such as this, dentures may be an appropriate option for your smile reconstruction process. At Wylie Smiles, our denture services can be an effective and dramatic way to restore your smile’s function, appearance, and health.

While smiles are important to an individual’s sense of self confidence, Dentures are also very important by allowing people to chew and enjoy their food. For some patients, dentures may be the best option for repairing or enhancing smiles and teeth.

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What are Dentures

Dentures are a replacement for several or all of your teeth that have become broken, damaged, or are missing in your upper or lower arch at one time. Dentures come in a variety of designs and styles, based on your specific smile needs.

The different denture types include:

  1. Removable dentures supported by implants: this solution is best for patients who want removable dentures but do not have the necessary bone strength to support the prosthesis. The addition of implants for support may allow some patients to achieve a greater degree of comfort and stabilization.
  2. Fixed dentures supported by implants (The all-on-4 procedure): All-on-4 is one of the most popular options for fixed dentures. The patient receives as few as 4 dental implants, and then receives fixed and permanent prosthesis supported by the implants. The procedure can be done in a single visit and is one of the most popular denture procedures.
  3. Removable full dentures: removable full dentures are a good option for patients who are missing all of their teeth and prefer dentures to implants. They are not as comfortable or as effective as dental implants, but this type of prosthesis can be less expensive than other options.
  4. Removable partial dentures: removable partial dentures are a good option for patients that only need to replace a few missing teeth. Modern materials mean that the dentures can be designed in a way that doesn’t negative affect your smile and provide enhanced comfort and strength.
  5. Implant supported Hybrid dentures: Replaces a whole role of teeth and any missing gum tissure.

When to Consider Getting Dentures

One of the best times to consider getting dentures is when you need to replace all or most of your teeth at one time. Our dentist will carefully design your denture to create a smile that is not only functional, but that is also aesthetically pleasing.

With a denture, we can remove any diseased or non-restorable teeth and then replace them all with a single prosthesis. If all of the teeth are missing, the doctor will use a full denture, overdenture, or All on 4 procedure for your smile reconstruction.

If you are able to retain some healthy teeth, a partial denture will be used instead. Partial dentures replace only the missing teeth and clasp into place around your natural ones.

Should I Get Dentures?

If you have lost, broken, or damaged teeth then you might be a candidate for dentures. Patients should take note that there are solutions that offer more durability and comfort for patients than dentures, and dentures might not be the best solution for them. The decision to get dentures should not be taken lightly.

 What are the Benefits of Dentures?

Dentures provide a number of benefits, both when compared to other smile repair and enhancement procedures as well as for the patients themselves. When compared to other procedures, dentures are frequently the less expensive option. This makes them appealing to patients on a budget or who are looking for a temporary solution before they get dental implants. Dentures are also a better option that other procedures for patients who are experiencing certain types of bone loss and do not have the capacity to support other procedures.

Dentures provide patients themselves with a number of benefits as well. Patients have reported feeling better about their smile, as well as experiencing an enhanced feeling of well-being and self confidence that comes with a better smile. Patients have also reported that dentures reduced their pain and discomfort from chewing food, and allowed them to enjoy some of their favorite foods again. Patients have also reported that dentures have resulted in less pain and discomfort in general because of the removal of broken or infected teeth.

What is the Process for getting Dentures?

Every patient has different needs and requirements, and so the denture procedure will be different for each one. However, there are some commonalities that exist across all denture procedures. Once a patient and the dentist decide on a course of action, the patient’s mouth is prepared and measured. The dentures are then fabricated to the patient’s specifications in a dental lab, before being installed by the dentist.

Which Type of Denture is Right for You

The type of denture selected between yourself and the doctor will depend on what long-term goals and oral health needs you may have.

1. ALL ON 4 IMPLANT PROCEDURES


One of the most common types of dentures that we provide at Wylie Smiles is our permanent All on 4 procedures. With an All on 4 procedure, our dentist, Dr. Rana Nassar, can replace all of your upper or lower teeth with a single, fixed prosthesis.

The design of an All on 4 implant denture is slimmer and more natural compared to a removable denture. It is permanently anchored onto just four implants, so that it never slips out of place or causes discomfort.

2. REMOVABLE FULL DENTURES

A full arch removable denture shouldn’t look or feel bulky. Our dentist at Wylie Smiles is skilled at creating comfortable dentures that impact the natural beauty of your facial profile.

Conventional removable dentures have an important place in dentistry, but also have several drawbacks:

  • Removable dentures can be uncomfortable due to movements and less retention
  • Removable dentures can cause further resorption of the jaw bone by placing additional pressure on the remaining bone
  • Removable dentures can reduce your ability to eat and enjoy certain foods

3. IMPLANT SUPPORTED OVERDENTURES(Snap ON)

Perhaps you are drawn to the idea of wearing removable dentures, but lack adequate bone support to keep your prosthesis stable throughout the day. In cases such as this, it can be beneficial to implement dental implants as a way to provide additional stabilization and comfort. Unlike an All on 4 implant procedure, overdentures remain removable. Simply take them out at the end of each day to care for them the way you would a traditional denture.

IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES HAVE MANY ADVANTAGES:

  • They are more comfortable since less movement of the dentures occur due to increased stability
  • They allow better biting and chewing capacity
  • They allow the jaw bone to be more healthy and intact since implants allow preservation of the remaining bone

4. REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURES

Our removable partial dentures are created from materials that mimic the natural color and shade of your teeth and gums. Treatment choices can include prosthesis that are free of metal clasps or clips that interfere with your smile’s aesthetics. These acrylic materials also provide added flexion, making your partial removable denture more comfortable to wear than conventional treatments.

5. Hybrid dentures

Hybrid dentures are created to replace a whole row of teeth via an implant. They fuse to your jaw which means they don’t move around. They are designed to also replace missing gum tissue.

Sometimes, a titanium or gold bar is put in to give it additional support. It’s surgery which means they can only be removed by our dentist. You won’t have to remove them to clean them or perform maintenance which is good, because you won’t be able to.

How are Dentures Maintained?

The maintenance procedure for denture depends on the type of dentures that a patient is receiving. All-on-4 dental implants are cared for the same way that one would care for their natural teeth, by brushing and flossing regularly and having regular checkups with our dentist at Wylie Smiles.

Removable dentures must be cared for differently. Any remaining teeth should still undergo the standard regular cleaning procedures, but the dentures themselves must be removed to be cleaned using special products that are available at many stores.

What to expect with new dentures

No matter what type of dentures you get, expect to go through an adjustment period before your dentures feel natural to you.

You may find it difficult to eat and talk normally at first (especially for the first few weeks). This is normal – it takes time for your gums, tongue and mouth to get used to new dentures, so you may encounter some issues early on.

While adjusting to your new dentures, you may experience:

  • Gum irritation
  • Sore spots
  • Excess saliva – your body might sometimes confuse your new dentures for food, causing it to produce more saliva
  • Dentures dislodging frequently
  • Change in pronunciation

Keep in mind that although minor irritation and soreness during the first few days (or even weeks) is normal, intense pain or constant discomfort is not.

If you experience severe and prolonged pain from your dentures, see your denture professional immediately to have it checked.

How long will it take to get used to your dentures?

Most people find it takes them about four weeks (or around a month) to adjust to their new dentures and feel completely comfortable with them. Those who undergo more comprehensive denture work will often require more time to recover and get comfortable.

For the first two weeks, you may experience some of the issues above. By the third week, any irritation or soreness should have gone down significantly, and you’ll be able to start talking and eating normally.

After about four weeks, your dentures should feel more natural in your mouth, and you’ll be more confident talking and eating normally again.

Tips for adjusting to your new dentures

Although you can’t avoid going through an adjustment period when you get new dentures, you can avoid the most common problems and issues by following these tips:

  • Avoid hard food – Focus on soft food in the first few weeks after your procedure. This will help you prevent putting unnecessary pressure on your teeth and gums while getting used to your new dentures.
  • Cut food into small pieces – This will help you avoid using your new dentures to bite through whatever you’re eating.
  • Avoid sticky food – Sticky food can get caught on your dentures and dislodge them easily.
  • Talk slowly – This will help you build the strength and familiarity to talk normally with dentures.
  • Reposition your dentures when they feel loose – Your dentures may feel loose in the first few weeks as your gums and mouth get used to holding them in place. Be patient and reposition them carefully whenever they pop out of place.
  • Attend follow-up appointments – Attend your follow-up consultations with our dentist so you can make the right adjustments (if necessary) and ensure everything is progressing properly.

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Should I choose Permanent Dentures: 4 Things To Consider

1. WHAT TYPE OF DENTURE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

The answer is straightforward and depends on how many teeth you have left. If you have only a few teeth, you might be better off having them pulled and getting a complete permanent denture fitted in your mouth. If you don’t have many teeth, the process is easier since the remaining teeth can be pulled with minimal pain.

If you have close to or more than half of your natural teeth left, you are better off going with the partial dentures. They will cover up the missing teeth, and you do not have to deal with the tooth removal process.

2. HOW LONG DO PERMANENT DENTURES LAST?

Dentures last for a long time, but permanent dentures are more durable and can last a lifetime. Our dentist will need to check your dentures time to time. If you go for your regular dental exams, our dentist will tell you if your dentures need adjustment.

3. HOW MUCH DO DENTURES COST?

The cost of dentures varies depending on the type of dentures and the material used to make them. Since a partial denture uses less material, it costs less than a permanent option. Hybrid implant dentures are top of the line permanent solutions. They combine dentures with porcelain implants, which can get very expensive. However, they are very durable and are worth the price.

4. ARE DENTURES COMFORTABLE?

Putting dentures in your mouth for the first time is a weird feeling because your natural teeth have a nerve connection with the brain. This allows them to communicate with the brain about how hard to chew food. With dentures, there is no communication with the brain, so there is an adjustment period to get used to functioning with them. After a few days, you should be comfortable enough with them that you won’t even think about the dentures in your mouth.

CONCLUSION

Permanent dentures are excellent because they are durable and you do not have to worry about them falling out of your mouth. If you are considering getting permanent dentures, schedule a free denture consultation with our dentist to learn more about the process.

To book a Free Denture Consultation fill out form or call (972) 442-6879 today!