Dentures & Partial Dentures – Sebastian, FL
Repair and Restore Your Smile
Are you missing a couple or even a whole arch of teeth? You’ve probably experienced the challenges of tooth loss, namely difficulty with talking and eating and the desire to hide your smile. At Sebastian Dental, we want to give you back your confidence by replacing these missing teeth with a reliable solution—dentures! We know that each patient is unique, which why every denture we create is customized according to your needs and goals. If you would like to learn more about how dentures could help you, just give us a call and schedule an appointment!
Why Choose Sebastian Dental for Dentures?
- High-Quality Materials for Lifelike Restorations
- Implants Available for Added Security
- Personalized Treatment Plan for Each Patient
Types of Dentures
There are three basic kinds of dentures: partials, full dentures, and dentures held in place with implants. Each one is customized according to your specific needs and designed to look completely natural in your smile with realistic prosthetic teeth and a gum-colored base.
If you have some healthy teeth left with an arch, your restoration may look a lot like a puzzle piece. Our partials can blend in with your remaining teeth and help you maintain proper spacing.
When all teeth in an arch are lost, a full denture restores them. Instead of attaching to teeth with clasps like a partial denture, full dentures use suction, which is achieved through a precise fit, to stay in place.
Rather than simply sitting on top of the gum tissue like normal dentures, implant dentures attach to the jawbone. This setup can be used for either full or partial dentures and gives the restorations far more stability.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Basically anyone who is missing more than one tooth in one arch qualifies for dentures. However, you must also have healthy gums and, if applicable, healthy remaining teeth. These support your dentures and must be free from infection before we create your full or partial denture.
For those who are considering implant dentures, a strong jawbone is another requirement, but a bone graft or sinus lift may be performed to reinforce the jawbone for implants.
Benefits of Dentures
It’s amazing the difference that having a complete smile can make, and dentures can help you go from feeling self-conscious to self-confident. With properly fitting dentures, you can regain your ability to bite and chew most foods, articulate better in speaking, and let your smile show with less worry about your appearance. When you combine implants and dentures, you get to enjoy even greater benefits (e.g., stronger biting force, better oral health in the long run, easier maintenance, a longer lifespan).
If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss, you might be a candidate for dentures. Although they have been used for generations to replace missing teeth, it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to start the process. We understand your apprehensions. To help ease your worries, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about dentures.
How long will I have to wait to get dentures after extractions?
We do everything we can to save your natural teeth; however, there are times extractions are in your best interest, such as if they are damaged by decay or disease. Typically, you’ll need to wait at least 6 to 8 weeks after your procedure to get your dentures, but the length of time varies depending on the type of prosthetic you’re choosing. Immediate dentures can be placed the same day as your extractions, so you don’t have to go without any teeth while you heal. Although you’ll get your dentures right away, you’ll need to come back to our office for adjustments because your gums and bones will change shape as your mouth heals. If you choose implant dentures, you can expect to wait 4 to 6 months after your placement surgery to allow adequate time for your jawbone to fuse to the posts.
Can I sleep with my dentures?
In most cases, we recommend wearing your dentures for the first 24 hours, even at night. Afterward, it’s best to remove them while you’re sleeping. Although no one wants to be caught without their teeth, your gums need time to recuperate. Wearing dentures restricts circulation to your gums, which can lead to irritation and faster ridge resorption if you don’t give them a rest. Not to mention, your mouth is a dark, moist environment, which is the perfect place for harmful bacteria to thrive. As a result, leaving your dentures in your mouth at night can increase your risk of pneumonia and oral hygiene issues.
Do upper dentures always cover the palate?
Some dentures are designed to be palate-less to ensure there isn’t any hindrance to your ability to taste foods. Since they don’t have a palate, they will have a horseshoe shape that is similar to a denture used for a lower arch. Implant dentures will also have the same shape. We will discuss the different types of dentures available and their benefits to help you make the best decision for your new smile.
Do I use toothpaste to clean my dentures?
It’s important to brush and rinse your dentures daily, but you don’t want to use regular toothpastes because they are abrasive. They can leave small scratches on your dentures, which can damage them over time. Instead, we recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid. You can also purchase cleaners designed specifically for dentures. You’ll want to clean your dentures after every meal and soak them at night to prolong their longevity and reduce the likeliness of unpleasant odors.