Dentures are used as a last treatment option if you suffer from extensive dental disease. Often times, this includes teeth that have multiple cavities and are loose, missing, or infected. We only recommend dentures when there are no other options to repair and maintain your teeth. In this case, dentures allow you to speak, eat, and smile again.
Types of Dentures
A full denture is an appliance used to replace an entire set of teeth. A partial denture is used to replace multiple missing teeth, but not all of them. In both cases, the appliances are removable, so they can be taken out for oral hygiene like brushing. It is generally advantageous to try to save as many teeth as possible, so a partial can be made rather than a full denture. A partial denture will be more stable because we use the remaining teeth as anchors.
Whether you need a full set of dentures or just a partial, dentures from A Dentistry look and feel great because we take the time to get everything right from the start. We customize everything—including size, shape, and color—to create optimal aesthetics and function.
Getting Dentures at A Dentistry
The first appointment in the process of making your denture consists of discussing your expectations and desires in regards to aesthetics and function. Dr. Amaral or Dr. Anatassatos will discuss the pros and cons of wearing a denture, and make a plan to get your mouth healthy again. We will also start the process of fabricating the denture by making impressions or molds of your mouth.
During the three to four appointments it takes to create your denture, we are able to tailor your denture and show you what it looks like before it is finished. We can make changes at any time during the process to ensure the best outcome.
Dentures vs. Implants
Implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacement. They are the most natural looking and functional tooth-replacement option available in modern dentistry. However, if you do not have enough healthy bone structure to hold implants, or if the cost of implants is prohibitive, dentures may be your only option.
A good compromise between a full denture and a full mouth of implants is implant-supported dentures. If you have healthy bone, we can place a strategic number of implants to serve as anchors for your denture. You will have significantly improved function, as well as improved confidence that your denture will not move or come out during eating or speaking.
Eating with Dentures
Eating with dentures does take practice, and practice makes perfect. If you are new to dentures, you will not be able to eat what an experienced denture wearer can. Raw fruits and vegetables are probably the most difficult thing to eat, but by no means should you avoid these healthy foods. Simply cut them up into bite-sized pieces and take your time. When it comes to eating, implant support can make all of the difference. Since the dentures are stable and don’t move during chewing, there is little to no diet modification necessary.
Cleaning dentures is very simple. Use an antibacterial liquid hand soap, water, and a denture brush. Clean your mouth and gums with a washcloth and rinse with water or a mouthwash like Listerine. If you have any remaining teeth, brush your teeth twice a day and have professional cleanings at our Reno dental office a minimum of two times per year. If you wear a complete denture, brushing is no longer necessary, and we only need to see you once a year to provide an oral cancer screening and to ensure the health of your gums and the continued fit of your dentures.