Dentures are a popular and affordable option for replacing one or more missing teeth. At Gregory Family Dental, Emile McLaurian, DDS, and his skilled dental team have extensive experience helping patients get the comfortable, natural-looking dentures they need for better aesthetics and improved oral health and function. Today’s dentures are made of lighter, more durable materials for greater comfort and a better fit. To find out more about dentures and how they can help you, call the office in Kansas City, Missouri, or use the online booking tool to schedule a visit today.
A full denture replaces all the teeth on either your upper arch or your lower arch, while a partial denture replaces a lesser number of teeth on one arch. Dentures are one of the most popular ways of replacing missing teeth. Today’s dentures are very comfortable and lightweight compared to dentures from even a decade ago, and their materials and design lessen slippage while also looking more like your natural teeth.
For most people, dentures take a couple of visits. During your first office visit, Dr. McLaurian will take an impression of your arch. This impression serves as the mold or model for your denture, ensuring a unique fit that's personalized to your mouth. Dr. McLaurian sends this to a dental lab where your denture will be made.
Then, Dr. McLaurian will choose a natural-looking shade for your denture that matches any remaining teeth. The gum portion will be made of a pink material to enhance the natural appearance. When you come back to the office, your denture will be ready for fitting and adjustment. Dr. McLaurian places the denture in your mouth and asks you to bite down. Then he adjusts the denture until it fits securely and comfortably as it “meshes” with your natural bite.
Usually, it takes less time to get used to a partial denture than a full denture. With a full denture, it can take a couple of weeks until you feel comfortable. To speed up the process, you can practice reading out loud until your lips and tongue adjust to the denture, and you can also try eating different foods to get used to the way your dentures feel when you’re eating. You should also wear your dentures as often as possible.
If your dentures slip or cause sore spots, call the office right away to have them adjusted. Slippage can cause sore spots that can become infected if not treated right away.
No, dentures can be cared for with a soft-bristle toothbrush and toothpaste. You can also use special denture tablets to soak your dentures for extra freshness. When you’re not wearing your dentures, keep them in water so they don’t dry out.
To learn more about dentures, call Dr. McLaurian and the team at Gregory Family Dental to make an appointment or book online today.