Dentures & Partials
Dentures offer our patients the unique and valuable ability to restore their teeth, giving them back the ability to eat and speak with ease and restoring confidence in their smile. Tooth loss is no fun and can have a serious effect on your life. At Kooning Family Dentistry, we are passionate about giving our patients plenty of options whenever we can. There are many great tooth replacement options available today and dentures are one of the most popular.
What are dentures?Dentures are a removable tooth replacement prosthetic that is designed to replace a few teeth or a full arch of teeth. When we refer to complete dentures, we are referencing a two separate prostheses that are designed to replace every single tooth in your mouth—both top and bottom arches. In a complete set of dentures, the top arch is made to cover the full upper palate of your mouth, whereas the bottom arch will be made to look like a horseshoe to allow a space for your tongue.
Partial dentures are for patients who still have most or some of their natural teeth still intact. Usually they are held in place with wire clasps or clips and must be taken out to eat. While partial dentures are usually removed to eat, complete dentures can be used to chew food. Both partial and complete dentures must be removed at night to sleep.
The ProcedureHaving dentures made for you is a fairly quick process that requires you to come in to our office at least twice. During the first visit we will take an impression of your mouth, or of the spot in your mouth that we will be making the dentures for. We will send this impression to our dental laboratory to have a perfect replica of your teeth made.
If you are having a complete set of dentures made, they will be crafted with a portion of both teeth and (partial) gums. Complete dentures require a certain amount of elevation from the palate of your mouth and the gums do fantastic job of appearing as your natural gums would while giving it the elevation it needs to look natural.
When it comes time for the second appointment we will have received the dentures back from the laboratory and will put any finishing touches on them in order to ensure their comfort. It is very important that you note any changes in the way your dentures fit. Changes in the way dentures fit can be signs of serious issues and should be addressed as soon as you notice a difference.
Denture CareDentures do require a certain amount of extra care and attention. Both partial and complete dentures must be removed while you sleep. To store them overnight, it is best to place them in a glass of water or denture solution. Dentures are made to stay wet and should never be left in direct sunlight or in excessively hot conditions.
Just like natural teeth, dentures should be cleaned daily. Normal toothbrushes are too stiff to clean them with and could damage them. Instead, purchase a denture care brush, usually available in the same oral health care aisle as toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Please call us today at (503) 673-9097 to schedule your appointment.