Dentures Treatments in Lakewood Colorado
Dentistry is all about smiles, and having a confident, healthy, beautiful smile is important even for patients wearing dentures. Our practice provides personalized denture services that meet the needs and comfort levels of our patients. All of our patients are unique and we create one-of-a-kind dentures that feel good and look natural.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
- Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use.
- Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and is used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges.
When you have lost all or most of your teeth you will need dental restoration to support your chewing and biting functions and to improve speech. Dentures have been traditionally used as a restoration in patients who have lost few or most of their teeth. An advanced version of this restoration is the implant-supported or screw-retained denture. These dentures are permanently fixed in the oral cavity and are easy to maintain. The implants which are inserted into the supporting bone act as a foundation to the prostheses. A dental professional can remove the prostheses at a dental office whenever required. Implant-supported/screw-retained dentures are highly stable and give greater confidence to patients when it comes to chewing food and speaking.
During the process of restoration, our dentist firstly sets a treatment plan and strategically inserts about 4 implants in the supporting bone where teeth need to be replaced. Impressions of the gums are taken and a temporary model of the dentition is prepared at our office. The same model is used to get the final denture fabricated at the lab. The implants are designed to carry screws that hold the restoration in place. Once the denture is ready for use, our dentist uses screws to fix it over the implants and complete the restoration procedure.
How Do I Know if Dentures Are the Right Choice for Me?
Dentures are not for everyone. If you're interested in learning more about dentures and want to know if they are the right choice for you, please schedule an appointment. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have and can determine the best course of treatment for your ongoing dental health.
Caring for Your Dentures
Dentures, just like natural teeth, require daily maintenance to stay clean and keep bacteria from growing inside of your mouth. Keep your dentures clean and your smile healthy:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a clean, folded towel or a sink full of water. This way, if you accidentally drop your dentures, they are less likely to break.
- Your dentures are not immune from plaque and tartar build-up, so you must brush your dentures every day. To brush your dentures, use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush the surfaces of the dentures, being careful not to break or bend the plastic. Between brushings, it's important to rinse your dentures after each meal.
- Use a gentle cleanser to clean your dentures. Many kinds of toothpaste, household cleaners, and mouthwashes can be too hard on your dentures, so it is recommended that you use a mild hand or dish soap to get your dentures clean. Be sure to check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval to choose products that are safe for your dentures, or ask your dentist about which products may be best for you.
- When you are not wearing your dentures, they need to be kept moist. Dentures that are not kept in a denture cleaning solution or water can dry out, lose their shape, or even crack and break. Certain styles of dentures require certain soaking solutions, so be sure to ask your dentist which solution is best for you.
- Even if you have a full set of dentures, it's important to keep your gums and tongue clean. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your gums and tongue every day.
If by chance your dentures do break, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Broken dentures that don't fit properly can irritate your gums and mouth. Also, remember to continue scheduling regular dental check-ups every six months to make sure that your smile stays healthy for many years to come.