Complete Your Smile With Dr. Larson
If you’re missing many of your natural teeth, you may be considering dentures. Whether you’re missing all or some of your teeth, at Larson Dental, we’re committed to providing you with comfortable, fully functional dentures.
Dentures are simple to use, easy to maintain, and require no invasive procedures. Our Prescott Valley dentists will work with you, ensuring dentures are the perfect restorative dentistry option for your dental needs.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a traditional form of restorative treatment for individuals missing several teeth. They’re a popular, cost-effective, removable dental prosthetic that restores a patient’s smile. The denture is custom-made to fit your mouth comfortably and effortlessly blend in with your natural teeth. At Larson Dental, our Prescott Valley dentists customize dentures for every patient to restore oral functionality and confidence.
What Are Your Denture Options?
It may surprise you to find out there are two different kinds of dentures. Complete dentures are often chosen by individuals who have no existing teeth or patients in need of a full dental restoration. There are also partial dentures. Candidates for this treatment are usually individuals with some missing teeth. A partial denture can prevent a smile from suffering more damage by filling in missing gaps and preventing the shifting of existing natural teeth.
At Larson Dental, our goal is to help patients find the best restorative option for their needs. For patients who are completely missing their teeth, there are two distinct options:
Conventional dentures are placed when all the existing teeth have been removed from the gums and the tissue has healed. But with conventional dentures, the recovery period can last anywhere from four to six weeks, meaning that the patient won’t have access to their teeth during that time.
Immediate dentures may be for patients who are uncomfortable with the thought of living without teeth for weeks. They’re usually made in advance, before a tooth extraction, and placed immediately after treatment. However, patients may have to return to our Prescott Valley dental office once their gums have healed to have their immediate dentures adjusted.
It’s important to note that like other restorative treatments, dentures aren’t permanent. The restoration sits on the gums and isn’t secured to the jawbone. For patients who prefer a more permanent tooth replacement option, Dr. Larson can stabilize your dentures with the CONUS implant system.
The Dentures Process at Larson Dental
Your custom dentures can be created for you in just a few visits. If you have teeth that need to be extracted, Dr. Larson will do that first and allow four to six weeks for healing. Afterward, Dr. Larson will have you come in for measurements and to take molds of your mouth. These molds and measurements will allow for your custom denture appliance to be made for a perfect fit, a comfortable feel, and a natural appearance.
Once you’ve received your dentures, follow these steps to maintain their fit and appearance to get the most out of your restoration.
- Remove and rinse your dentures with water after eating
- Take care to avoid bending or damaging the clasps on your dentures when cleaning
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your natural teeth and gums
- Remove and clean your dentures daily with a non-abrasive cleaner
- Soak your dentures in water or a denture solution overnight to help them maintain their shape
- Be sure to frequently visit our Prescott Valley dental office for regular checkups and cleanings
Dentures & Partials FAQs
What if my dentures are loose or ill-fitting?
If you have loose or ill-fitting dentures, the best solution is to have them secured with dental implants. Dental implants connect to your jawbone and can provide greater stability and support for your complete or partial denture.
If implant-supported dentures aren’t the best option for you, Dr. Larson can readjust your denture appliance or tighten it so it fits better. Just give us a call at (928) 772-8128 if you have any questions about your dentures so we can get you in as soon as possible.
My dentures broke! How can I fix them?
If your dentures break, please do not try to fix them at home. Some resources may recommend at-home repairs with denture glue, but this is never advisable.
Instead, give our Prescott Valley office a call right away to make an appointment. Dr. Larson can safely and reliably fix your denture and ensure a proper fit.
How long do dentures last?
Just like natural teeth, your dentures will wear down and stain over time. When properly cared for, your dentures can last as long as 10 years. To help increase the lifespan of your dentures, we recommend visiting Larson Dental once every six months so we can perform regular checkups and cleanings.
Achieve a Healthy, Dazzling Smile
If you’re ready to give your smile the support it needs, you may want to consider full or partial dentures. With full and partial dentures, patients who have suffered from tooth loss don’t have to hide gaps in their smiles any longer. Schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Larson by calling our Prescott Valley office at (928) 772-8128 today!