Premiere Dental Services in Ocoee, Gotha, & Winter Garden, FL
Many patients believe that when they lose their teeth, all their hope of a beautiful and healthy smile is gone. We at Classic Smiles want to say that if you find yourself in that predicament – not all hope is lost! Modern dental technology has allowed for many different effective ways of restoring a smile, with one of these being the usage of dentures. By coming to visit your Ocoee cosmetic dentist at our practice, we’ll be able to fit you with dentures and have you smiling more than ever before!
The Basics of Dentures
Dentures are essentially just replacements for missing teeth that can be put into and taken out of your mouth. While dentures may never be the exact same as your natural teeth, modern dentures are now more comfortable and natural looking than ever. Your Ocoee family dentist here at Classic Smiles will be able to make them in two basic types: full and partial.
About Full and Partial Dentures
Full dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. If there are any remaining teeth, they’ll be extracted so that a full set of dentures can be used. There will need to be a healing period for the bone and tissues to repair themselves though. While conventional full dentures require a several-month wait for them to be placed, we also offer immediate full dentures, which can be inserted immediately after your teeth are removed. It’s important for us to note that with immediate full dentures, you’ll need to have them relined several months afterward as the bone will reshape as it heals, which can make the dentures become loose.
Partial dentures are used when there are still some natural teeth remaining. These dentures rest on a metal framework that’s attached to the natural teeth. In some cases, crowns may be placed on top of a few of the natural teeth in order to serve as anchors for the dentures. Partial dentures will essentially operate as a removable alternative to a dental bridge.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
While we mentioned that you’ll need to get your dentures relined if you go with immediate full dentures, that’s not the only reason why you’d need to get your dentures changed or remade. Your mouth will naturally change as you age, causing dentures to not fit as well as they used to. In other cases, the dentures may have been handled improperly, causing them to not fit or look as satisfactorily as they could.
To help make sure that your dentures are in their best possible shape, here are a few tips for caring for them:
- Brush your dentures daily to remove plaque and food particles as well as to keep them from becoming stained.
- Also, don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue, and palate before putting in your dentures every morning. This will stimulate circulation in your tissues.
- When you need to handle your dentures, do so over water or a soft surface (such as a folded towel); dentures are delicate and may break if they fall onto a hard surface.
- Don’t let your dentures dry out. If you’re not wearing them, place them in a soaking solution or water.
- Don’t leave your dentures in hot water either as that can cause them to warp.
- Finally, you should visit your family dentist annually for a checkup and also at any point if your dentures break, crack, or become loose.
Contact Your Ocoee Cosmetic Dentist!
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We at Classic Smiles will be glad to help you in any way that we possibly can! If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with your Ocoee family dentist, feel free to give us a call at 407-293-3002. We can’t wait to hear from you!