When you’re missing some or all of your teeth, dentures give you the confidence of a new smile and ensure you can continue to eat all the foods you once enjoyed. The team at Applegarth Dental has years of experience providing different types of dentures customized to fit your dental needs. To schedule an appointment and learn about your denture options, call the office in East Windsor, New Jersey, or use convenient online booking.
Dentures are made from an acrylic or plastic resin base that’s customized to fit over your gums and hold prosthetic teeth. The teeth are made from composite resin or porcelain that matches the color of any remaining natural teeth.
The different types of dentures include:
Partials are used when you only need to replace a few teeth. Traditional partials attach to your existing teeth.
Full dentures replace all your upper teeth, lower teeth, or both.
Full and partial dentures may be anchored using dental implants. An implant is a small metal post that’s surgically inserted into your jaw, where bone heals around the post and holds it securely in place. Your dentures snap on and off the portion of the implant that protrudes above the gum line.
Flexible partial dentures are made from a lightweight, nylon base that’s more comfortable than rigid dentures. The base clings to your gums, so you don’t need metal clasps or adhesives. They’re also free of materials found in standard dentures that may cause allergic reactions, such as nickel.
When you have teeth that must be extracted, you’ll wait several months after they’re removed so your gums can heal. The shape of soft tissues changes during healing, which affects the fit of your dentures. If you get dentures too soon, they won’t fit properly a few months later.
If you don’t need a tooth extraction, or after your extraction has healed, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth, and you choose the color of your new teeth. They send the information to a lab that produces your dentures.
Your dentures should stay moist all the time. When they’re not in your mouth, place them in cold water or a soaking solution. Avoid hot water, however, because it can warp dentures.
Just like your natural teeth, dentures require cleaning twice a day to remove food and bacteria. You can brush your dentures using a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive cleanser. Dentures also need routine deep cleaning using a product specially designed for dentures.
If you need dentures or have any questions about dentures, call Applegarth Dental or book an appointment online.