Dentures are a traditional form of restorative treatment for individuals missing several teeth. They’re a popular and cost-effective removable dental appliance that helps restore a person’s smile. The removable appliance is made to fit the patient and resembles natural teeth. At Larson Dental, our Prescott Valley dentists customize dentures for every patient with the goal of restoring oral functionality and confidence.
Exploring Your Denture Options
It’s unknown to many individuals that there are actually two types of dentures. These are known as:
- Complete denture: Often chosen by individuals who have no existing teeth, or are fully edentulous patients in need of a full dental restoration.
- Partial denture: Candidates for this treatment are usually individuals with some missing teeth, or are partially edentulous individuals. In fact, a partial denture can prevent a smile from suffering more damage by filling in missing gaps in the smile – thus preventing the shifting of existing teeth.
At Larson Dental, our goal is to help patients find the best restorative option for their needs. For fully edentulous patients in particular, individuals have two distinct options, known as:
- Conventional dentures: Are placed when all the existing teeth have been removed from the gums and the tissue has healed. However, with conventional dentures, the recovery period can last anywhere from four to six weeks, meaning that the patient won’t have access to teeth during that time period.
- Immediate dentures: For patients who are uncomfortable with the thought of living without teeth for weeks, an immediate denture may be a better solution. They’re usually made in advance, prior to the tooth extraction, and are placed immediately after treatment. However, patients may have to return to visit Dr. Larson once their gums have healed in order to have their immediate dentures adjusted.
It’s important to note that like other restorative treatments, dentures are not permanent as the treatment sits on the gums and is not 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.
Getting the right measurements, accurate molds, as well as trying on the denture for comfort, are all important steps in a successful, personalized treatment. Once the denture has been made, we encourage patients to take a few weeks to become acclimated to the new appliance.
Don’t be alarmed if you notice some side effects such as soreness, increased saliva flow, or difficulty chewing and speaking during the first few weeks of use. These symptoms will subside as your tissues and muscles become accustomed to the restorative appliance.
Dentures & Partials FAQs
My current pair of dentures are loose or ill-fitting, what are my options?
If you have loose or ill-fitting, the best solution our team recommends is to secure them with dental implants. Dental implants connect to your jawbone and can provide greater stability and support for your complete or partial denture.
If dental implants aren’t the best option for you, Dr. Larson can readjust your denture piece or tighten it so it fits better. Just give us a call if you have any questions about your loose denture so we can get you in as soon as possible.
My dentures broke, how do I fix them?
If your dentures break, please do not try to fix them at home. There will be places suggesting at-home repairs with denture glue, but do not try to do it yourself.
Instead, give our Prescott Valley office a call right away to get in for an appointment. Dr. Larson can safely and securely fix your denture and ensure it fits properly.
Does my dental insurance cover dentures?
Most dental insurance providers will cover up to half of your denture restorative treatment. The amount your provider will cover varies on the plan you have, plus regular deductibles and co-pays still apply.
Here at Larson Dental, we offer different financing options for you to receive the care you need without worry. Learn about CareCredit and our insurance policy here.
How do I clean my dentures?
When it comes to cleaning your dentures, you should brush them as you would with your natural teeth. First, you’ll need to remove your dentures and use a soft-bristled toothbrush brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove debris.
Then you’ll need to soak them overnight so they don’t dry out. If your dentures use adhesive, make sure to clean between the grooves so you can remove any remaining adhesives before you reattach them.
Restore Your Smile Today
Are you ready to live with confidence again, chew without struggle, and speak with ease again? With our complete and partial denture solutions, you can restore the health and beauty of your smile with this easy treatment. Learn more about our dentures by giving us a call or schedule your consultation with Dr. Seth or Zack Larson today.