Shield Dental Care for Conventional Dentures – Full or Partial Dentures
Missing teeth can be much more than a cosmetic concern—making normal activities like eating or speaking suddenly difficult. As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ghorbani understands this very well. That’s why he is dedicated to providing patients with dentures that look completely natural, but also bring back ease to their day-to-day. For the best denture possible, ask us about full dentures, partial dentures, or an overdenture as the solution to your teeth replacement concerns.
One of the most successful options for tooth replacement has been around for hundreds of years: removable dentures. Fortunately, modern dentures are a far cry better than their predecessors. Thanks to multiple advances in both manufacturing and materials, new dentures are often hard to distinguish from natural teeth with fewer complications.
Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, Dr. Ghorbani will recommend the appropriate type of denture for you. Together you will discuss the number of teeth needing replacement, your lifestyle, and the cost of various options. Ultimately, the goal is to restore your natural looking smile with replacement teeth that are fully functional.
Types of Dentures
When many teeth in your upper or lower arch are missing, a partial denture is a good treatment for replacing them. Conventional partials are removable appliances that are held in place by clasps that fit around some of the remaining teeth. With proper home care and regular adjustments and relines, your partial denture can provide a functional bite and a natural-looking smile.
The process of making a full denture varies in each case, and it usually involves a series of appointments.
- The first step is to take impressions of your mouth. An accurate model is made from these impressions, and the lab uses this model to create the denture base.
- In many cases, a wax rim is mounted on the base for you to try in. This helps confirm the correct relationship between the upper and lower teeth.
- The lab then creates a wax replica of the final denture, called a wax-up. You will try on the wax-up, and we will note any changes to the fit of the base and to the color, shape, and placement of the teeth. We then send the wax-up back to the lab, and they process it to create the final denture.
- When the denture is ready, you try it on, and we make any necessary adjustments.
Caring for Dentures
With time, dentures do become worn and your gums may shrink or change shape. However, proper care of partial and full dentures can help them last for five to eight years before needing to be replaced.
To clean your dentures, be sure to use a soft denture brush and special cleanser. Do not use ordinary toothpaste because this usually has mild abrasives that can scratch the surfaces of your dentures.
When you are not wearing your full or partial denture, store them in water or a denture cleaning solution. Leaving dentures to dry can cause them to warp. And never wear dentures while you’re sleeping. Your gums need time to rest, too, and be bathed in soothing saliva.
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