Dentures are artificial teeth that provide a natural looking replacement for lost or removed teeth. They are removable and can be partial (a few teeth) or full (upper, lower, or both upper and lower sets). After tooth loss, dentures can restore your ability to eat, speak, and flash your best toothy grin.
Dentures are made of various materials to simulate the appearance of your natural teeth and gums. One of our dentists will match the specific color of your teeth and gums to that of your dentures to replicate your natural dental appearance. With proper care, your dentures should last a long time.
Conventional full dentures are appropriate for people that have lost all of their teeth on their upper or lower jaws. They may be worn after your teeth have been extracted and your gums have healed. Healing can take several months. During the healing period, you are without teeth.
Intermediate dentures are worn after your teeth are removed and while your gums are healing, and thus does not involve a period where you are without teeth. They do require dental visits before your tooth extraction(s) to plan and fabricate the dentures, but after your extraction(s) they aid in the healing process. They may also require appointments after the initial fitting for adjustments to achieve an ideal fit.
Partial dentures are a removable replacement for a series of extracted teeth. Partial dentures are held in place by attachments to adjacent natural teeth. The adjacent teeth are typically crowned to increase stability.
Full dentures are typically held in place without the aid of special attachments through the natural moisture in your mouth creating a vacuum that holds your dentures in place. If your dentures do slip or slide, denture adhesive can help, though if your dentures slip or slide too much, you should contact us to have one of our dentists adjust them.
The amount of time it takes before you wear your new dentures depends on multiple factors, including the type of dental procedures you need and the type of denture you select. Expect a longer length of time if your gums need to heal after tooth extraction or if you receive dental implants.
Dentures are created over several appointments:
The first appointment...
The first appointment your dentist will make impressions of your teeth, gums, and jaws to fabricate a model to use for creating your dentures, and will have you bite on a piece of wax to record your bite pattern. He or she will then determine the color of your teeth and gums so your new dentures match these colors to create a natural looking smile that fits you. When this initial appointment is completed, the molds, bite pattern, and color specifications are sent to dental lab that will custom make your dentures.
The second appointment...
Usually the dental lab will make a trial set before fabricating the final set of dentures to allow your dentist an opportunity to check how the dentures fit and function in your mouth.
The final appointment...
The final dentures are made at the dental lab and sent to your dentist’s office and are tested to ensure proper fit and comfort.
You should brush your gums and dentures daily to remove plaque build-up. Your dentist will also recommend a denture-cleaning product. Do not use toothpaste, bleach, or other household cleaning products, and also prevent your dentures from drying out at night by soaking them in water or a denture cleanser.
Report any denture-related problems or discomfort to your dentist so that adjustments can be made. It is common for dentures to need adjustments over time because your jaw changes shape as you age, and some people may need to have more than one set of dentures made in their lifetime.
We would be proud to be your Bangor Maine Dentures specialist, so for additional help or information about dentures, please Contact Us today.