Dentures

Dentures are an option to replace missing teeth and are a removable alternative to bridges and crowns. Oak Lane Dental offers both complete and partial types of dentures.

 

These types of dentures differ based on the need: complete dentures are for patients without any teeth and partial dentures are for patients who have some of their natural teeth. Implants are sometimes prescribed for overdentures to help maintain the jawbone while wearing dentures.

The Denture Process

Step 1) Our team will examine your teeth and determine the state of your oral health. During this exam, the dentist will search for any signs of infection, tooth decay, previous dental work that can hinder the denture process and search for any other teeth that may need removal prior to placing the dentures.

Step 2) After the consultation, the dentist will take a mold of the teeth and measurements to ensure that the dentures fit the remaining teeth exactly. We will then send these results to a dental lab that will build the dentures to the specifications.

Step 3) Once dentures are created, you will come back for a fitting to ensure the dentures fit without issue. We will make sure that you can use the dentures without pain or issue. If necessary, we will make adjustments to the dentures during this appointment.

Step 4) While there will not be any pain, it may take some time to adapt to eating and speaking with dentures. Eating softer foods and taking smaller bites will help ease the transition. Avoid sticky, hot, or hard foods and sharp bones and shells. Chew slowly and make sure to use both sides of your mouth when eating. Eventually, you will have the same function and control as with regular teeth. 

Denture Maintenance

Removable partial or full dentures require proper care to keep them clean, free from stains and looking their best. For good denture care:

  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating. Run water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles. You may want to place a towel on the counter or in the sink or put some water in the sink so the dentures won't break if you drop them.

  • Handle your dentures carefully. Be sure you don't bend or damage the plastic or the clasps when cleaning.

  • Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean your tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth (palate). If used, remove any remaining denture adhesive from your gums.

  • Brush your dentures at least daily. Remove and gently clean your dentures daily. Soak and brush them with a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque and other deposits. If you use denture adhesive, clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove any remaining adhesive. Don't use denture cleansers inside your mouth.

  • Soak dentures overnight. Most types of dentures need to stay moist to keep their shape. Place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. Check with your dentist about properly storing your dentures overnight. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on cleaning and soaking solutions.

  • Rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution. These solutions can contain harmful chemicals that cause vomiting, pain or burns if swallowed.

  • Schedule regular dental checkups. Your dentist will recommend how often to visit to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned. Your dentist can help ensure a proper fit to prevent slippage and discomfort, and also check the inside of your mouth to make sure it's healthy.

  • See your dentist if you have a loose fit. See your dentist promptly if your dentures become loose. Loose dentures can cause irritation, sores and infection.

You typically should avoid:

  • Abrasive cleaning materials. Avoid stiff-bristled brushes, strong cleansers and harsh toothpaste, as these are too abrasive and can damage your dentures.

  • Whitening toothpastes. Toothpastes advertised as whitening pastes often contain peroxide, which does little to change the color of denture teeth.

  • Bleach-containing products. Don't use any bleaching products because these can weaken dentures and change their color. Don't soak dentures with metal attachments in solutions that contain chlorine because it can tarnish and corrode the metal.

  • Hot water. Avoid hot or boiling water that could warp your dentures.

19 W. Market St., Suite A 

Tiffin, OH 44883

P: 419.447.9541 | F: 419.447.1223

tiffin@oaklanedental.com

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