Partials and Dentures
Losing teeth can be devastating. Missing teeth can lower self esteem, change the shape of your face and give it a sunken look, and cause difficulties when talking and eating.
If you've lost several teeth through decay, illness, or trauma, don't despair. At Turnagain Dental we can restore missing teeth with removable partial or full dentures to give you back the confidence to talk, smile, laugh, and eat once again.
If you're missing multiple teeth in a single arch of the mouth (top or bottom), these teeth can be replaced using partial dentures. Partial dentures consist of custom-crafted false teeth attached to a gum-colored base with a metal, hard acrylic, or flexible plastic frame that is used to secure the denture in the mouth. We can craft upper or lower partials, or both, depending on a patient's needs.
Not all partial denture types will work for all people. Your oral health, bone structure, and the potential for future tooth loss may all be factors in selecting the right partial for you and your dental needs. Dr. Dominic Wenzell, your dentist in Anchorage, will help you pick the partial denture that will work best for you.
When all of the teeth in a single arch are lost, full dentures are used to replace the missing teeth. Like partials, full dentures can be crafted for the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Full dentures consist of a set of denture teeth mounted in gum-colored plastic that is custom crafted to fit the ridge of your jawbone. Traditionally, these dentures were primarily held in place using suction and tension from cheek and tongue muscles, but modern dentistry offers a better solution with implant-supported dentures.
Implant supported dentures utilize dental implants embedded into the jaw and fitted with a special abutment. These abutments attach to specialized hardware on the underside of the denture to give a stronger, more secure fit without applying denture adhesive. Implant-supported dentures are especially helpful on lower dentures, which are historically more likely to slip and come loose while talking or eating.
Adjusting to Your New Dentures
At first, you may find your speech affected by your new dentures, but as your mouth adjusts to the hardware, these speech impediments usually disappear. You will also find your mouth produces excess saliva when the dentures are in place, especially in the first few days. This will also lessen as you adjust to the dentures.
We recommend starting off with soft foods as you adjust to your new dentures, and gradually introducing harder foods over time. Try to avoid extremely hard foods such as hard candies, jawbreakers, or ice. Chewing on these foods, as well as on non-food items such as pencils or pens, can damage or dislodge your denture's teeth.
When you first receive your new denture, try to wear it 24 hours a day. This allows you to identify any sore spots or areas where the denture needs adjustment. Typically we will schedule a follow-up visit to our Anchorage dental office a few days to a week after you receive your dentures so Dr. Wenzell can adjust the fit and address any questions you may have.
Start Smiling Again with Custom-Crafted Full or Partial Dentures
If you are interested in learning more about the denture options available to you or if you have any questions, call us now to schedule a consultation.