WHAT ARE DENTURES?
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile, and chewing abilities.
Although we believe that the new teeth in a day procedure is the best way to replace a full mouth of missing or hopeless teeth. There are many people who due to budgetary, time or other constraints are unable to do the new teeth in a day procedure. For those people we recommend a great set of well-fitting dentures. Ideally those dentures will be anchored by two or more dental implants. So they fit better and stay in the mouth as well as possible.
If you’ve lost all or most of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Dentures make it easier to eat and speak than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted. When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
TYPES OF DENTURES
- Conventional. This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
- Immediate. This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
- Overdenture. Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function, too.
One option available at Albion Dental is dentures that clip into 2 or more implants. The Denture then has a few anchor points that will help keep it in place during the day. Although more expensive than a denture without “anchors” it is a better solution and costs significantly less than the “New Teeth in a Day” procedure.
New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments with the dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your dentist.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still have to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
We want to help our patients get the dental work they need and have provided a variety of payment options. We will work with you to maximize any insurance benefits you have or to work out how to get the treatment within your budget. We accept all major credit cards. We also accept cash, checks, and approved financing.
We make every effort to provide you with the finest dental care possible. We work hand-in-hand with you to help you maximize any insurance benefits you may have.