Missing teeth can negatively affect your overall health and your emotional well-being. When you come into our Pineville office for a consultation with Dr. Babb to discuss replacement options, we offer honest guidance and all the information you need to make the best decision for your smile. Dentures are a natural-looking, removable solution for missing teeth, and they will restore your dental health and your confidence.
Daily activities like speaking and eating are often taken for granted, but if you are missing one or multiple teeth, these normal actions can be a struggle. Pineville Family Dentistry offers full and partial dentures to help restore your smile’s health and appearance, whether your teeth are missing due to an injury, decay, or disease.
Dentures are prosthetic devices that are custom-made to fit in your mouth and replace missing teeth. The devices are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of your gums and the rest of your oral cavity. These replacement teeth are removable, and you are able to take them out when you eat and sleep.
Though many people picture older adults when they think of dentures, this restorative option is a viable solution for anyone who is missing one or more teeth! Dentures are also an ideal replacement option for patients who aren’t candidates for dental implants due to poor periodontal health or lack of adequate jawbone. Pineville Family Dentistry offers full and partial dentures for patients missing any number of teeth, and we can help find the right option for you!
Yes. Dentures at Pineville Family Dentistry are well-made and very durable, but no dentures are indestructible. Proper oral care will extend the life of your dentures and maintain their appearance, but dentures will need to be replaced around every 5-7 years because patients' jawbones will deteriorate or lose mass if they don't have natural teeth or implants to support.
If you are looking for a permanent replacement option that will last a lifetime, dental implants may be a better solution for your needs. Call or contact us online today to set up a consultation with Dr. Babb, and he’ll give you all the information you need to make the best decision for your dental health.
Full Dentures - Full dentures replace an entire set of teeth and gums. Artificial teeth are attached to a gum-colored plastic base. This denture is only suitable for patients with severe tooth loss, because the remaining teeth will need to be extracted. This denture will help restore the ability to chew and speak much more easily.
Partial Dentures - A partial denture is a removable version of a dental bridge. It replaces one or a few missing teeth, whether or not they are on the same side of the mouth. They are held in place through metal clasps that hook onto your natural teeth.
These dentures also contain artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base but will contain much fewer teeth than a full denture. They are also connected through a metal wire framework for durability.
You will need to come in for a consultation with Dr. Babb to determine if dentures are the right option for you. If so, he will advise you if partial or full dentures are needed. X-rays will be taken to determine you have sufficiently strong enough teeth to support partials and if you are receiving a full denture, our Pineville team will extract your remaining teeth.
We will then take impressions of your mouth and take measurements of your jaw, known as a ‘jaw record’. This information is sent to the dental clinic that will fabricate your dentures. They are customized to fit inside the parameters of your mouth perfectly.
After your teeth are extracted for full dentures, we will place an immediate temporary denture until your official ones are ready. This will help you chew, speak, and restore your smile. It takes 8-12 weeks for your gums to fully heal and be ready for your official denture placement.
There will be multiple trial fittings to test how the dentures fit and adjustments will be made accordingly if they are ill-fitting or uncomfortable. Adjustments can be made as many times as necessary until the perfect fit is achieved.
It will take a month to get used to wearing your new dentures. This first month may feel a bit uncomfortable or strange, but over time, you will adjust and they will feel much more natural. You will need to eat soft foods as you get used to eating with your dentures.
Speak to your Pineville dentist about when you can start introducing more chewy and hard foods back into your diet. It’s also normal for your gums to feel a bit sore in the beginning. You also need to keep your dentures very hygienic.
After eating, brush your natural teeth or rinse your mouth and rinse the dentures out under water. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub the dentures with a denture cleaner. You should also soak them overnight to prevent them from drying out.