A denture is a removable prosthetic that replaces missing teeth. It can help you regain the ability to chew and speak, and restore your confidence to smile. A denture can be a complete denture (replacing all of the upper and/or lower teeth) or a partial denture (replacing some of the upper and/or lower teeth).
A denture can be an excellent choice for someone whose teeth cannot be saved, or if the cost of saving them with multiple root canals, crowns, or implants is not economically feasible. For some areas of the mouth, a denture may be the only option for replacing missing teeth.
Dentures from Dr. Jakubaitis are custom fabricated to meet each patient’s unique oral health needs and aesthetic desires. We have been working with the same denture lab for more than 25 years to ensure the quality and consistency of our patients’ dentures.
Types of Dentures
- Complete Dentures: A complete denture can rest on the gums, or it can be retained by implants. A denture that attaches to implants is much more stable, and will improve the comfort and function of the denture. This is especially true of a lower denture, which is often referred to as a “floater” without implants.
- Partial Dentures: A partial denture can be made out of several different materials. The partial is retained and stabilized by the teeth and gums. Implants can also be used to improve the comfort and function of a partial denture.
Denture Treatment Process
Getting a denture at our Port Charlotte dental office usually requires four visits.
- During your first visit, we will take an impression of the mouth, which will be sent to our denture lab.
- The second visit is called a bite relationship, which determines how the teeth should be placed in the mouth, as well as size, shape, and color of the teeth.
- The third visit is a try-in, which is a preview of the denture and denture teeth.
- The fourth visit is when you receive your denture.
Depending upon the particular denture, you may require more or less than four visits.
Life with Dentures
Since a denture is a prosthetic, there is an adjustment period to get acclimated to the denture. The chewing efficiency is not as great as with your real teeth. Certain foods, like white bread, may stick to the denture. Other foods, like lettuce, may be more difficult to chew. Chewing evenly on both sides of the mouth at the same time will help keep the denture stable while eating and improve the chewing efficiency. In time, you will find that eating with your denture becomes much easier.
Dentures must be cleaned daily. After every meal, remove your dentures and rinse them off, and rinse your mouth as well. At night, the dentures need to be brushed with a denture brush and placed in a cleaning solution (Polident, Efferdent, etc.) to soak overnight. Rinse and clean your gums and tongue. Going to bed without the denture allows the gums to "breath" and stay healthy. In the morning, brush and rinse your denture, rinse your mouth, and place the denture in your mouth, and you are ready to go!
Also, remember to continue scheduling regular dental checkups every six months at our Port Charlotte dental office to make sure that your gums stay healthy and your denture fits well for many years to come.