If you’re missing several or all of your teeth, consider custom dentures as a solution that allows you to eat, speak, and laugh without feeling self-conscious about your smile. At University Dental Arts in Denver, Colorado, David Redford, DMD, offers partial and complete dentures that look strikingly similar to your natural teeth. To learn more about dentures, call University Dental Arts, or schedule an appointment online today.
Dentures are sets of false teeth that are used to replace numerous missing teeth. Even if you lose all of your teeth because of aging or disease, you can use dentures, keep eating chewable foods, speak clearly, maintain your facial structure, and enjoy a natural-looking smile.
Dentures include prosthetic gums, usually made of a flexible polymer material, and prosthetic teeth, typically crafted from hard resin. The prosthetic gums are pink to blend in with the natural tissues in your mouth.
At University Dental Arts, Dr. Redford uses digital technology and imaging to design a set of dentures that fit your mouth flawlessly.
Traditional dentures rely on suction between your soft gum tissue and your prosthetic gums to stay in place. However, you may have the option to choose implant-supported dentures instead. Implant-supported dentures latch onto dental implants to remain stable in your mouth.
One appeal of dentures is that you can remove them at any time, allowing for easy cleaning for both your mouth and the prosthetic. Dr. Redford teaches you to care for your dentures and make them last as long as possible before you need a replacement set.
At University Dental Arts, Dr. Redford makes both complete and partial dentures according to your needs. Depending on the number of teeth you’re missing, you might need:
Partial dentures replace only some of the teeth in your upper or lower arch, not all. In some cases, they include a metal framework that uses your remaining natural teeth for better support.
Complete dentures replace all of your teeth in your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. If you’re missing most of your teeth in an arch already, Dr. Redford might recommend extractions for the remaining teeth so that you can use a complete denture.
Cleaning your dentures is different from cleaning fixed prosthetics because you can remove them. Some people find this to be a benefit of choosing dentures over other options. Be sure to handle your dentures carefully each time you remove them and store them safely in their case.
While cleaning your dentures, it’s important to use lukewarm water, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and a mild soap or denture cleaner product. Toothpaste is too abrasive and can damage their surfaces. While the dentures are still out of your mouth, you should clean your gums using a soft-bristled toothbrush, water, and toothpaste if you need it.
If you’re considering using dentures to replace missing teeth, call University Dental Arts or book a consultation online today.