Dentures & Partials

Dr. Mudrow and the rest of team here at Mudrow Family Dental: Cosmetic and Biocompatible Dentistry are glad to offer denture services in our office. But what are dentures? Well, simply put, dentures are a removable dental structure that is used to replace missing teeth.

At some point, many dental patients find that their natural teeth simply aren’t strong enough to allow them to continue eating and chewing normally. This may be due to any number of causes including advanced decay, bone disorders, or simple age. When this occurs, their dentist will often suggest using an artificial denture that will allow the patient to regain full use of their mouth.

There are two basic types of dentures that are available — complete dentures and partial dentures. If a patient needs an entire set of either upper or lower teeth replaced, they will need complete dentures. This often becomes necessary as aging patients find that their natural teeth are no longer as strong as they used to be. If, however, a patient still has some strong natural teeth remaining, a partial denture may be a better solution.

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Eating with Dentures and Partials

When you first get your new denture appliance, you will probably need to spend a little bit of time practicing eating with them in. Unfortunately, the first few weeks may be a somewhat uncomfortable experience. In order to gain confidence and practice, you should start with soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Take your time and chew your food slowly using both sides of your mouth.

Once you get used to your dentures, you should be able to return to a normal diet — you may even be able to eat foods that you haven’t been able to eat in years. However, below you will find a few things that you should always keep in mind when eating with dentures.

  • You should always be careful of foods that are too hot, hard, or sharp edged. These types of foods can damage your dental appliance.
  • You should also avoid foods that are excessively sticky like chewy caramels and chewing gum.
  • You should not use toothpicks while wearing dentures because you could scratch the dental appliance.

Caring for Your Dentures and Partials

When you are fitted for your denture appliance, Dr. Mudrow will let you know the specifics for taking care of it. This discussion may include specific methods of cleaning, whether or not you should consider denture adhesive, and other ways of making sure your dentures last as long as possible.

You should always follow the guidelines Dr. Mudrow provides for you in caring for your dentures and partials. Using the wrong adhesive or cleaning products may actually damage your dentures and make them wear out faster than they should. Taking care with them will make sure that you can enjoy your new teeth for along time to come.

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Partial Dentures

Unlike dental bridges, partial dentures are generally designed to be removable instead of being permanently attached to neighboring teeth or the jaw bone. They usually consist of a pink or gum-colored base and replacement teeth, but they can also include a metal framework that helps to hold the denture in place. If a patient still has some strong, natural teeth, a partial denture is generally preferable to a complete denture. In addition to replacing missing teeth, a partial denture can help keep your remaining teeth from shifting out of position.

Making Dentures and Partials

The creation of your denture appliance is a complex process that often takes a few weeks time and several appointments with Dr. Mudrow and our team. In the early stages, we will work with you to determine the right type of dentures for your oral health situation. As a biocompatible dental office, we will also strive to make sure that all materials used in your dentures are compatible with your personal biochemistry.

Once a denture type has been decided on, we will make a series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements to determine how your jaws relate to each other and how much room there is between them. Using these measurements and impressions, we will create models, wax forms, or plastic patterns in the precise shape of your future dentures for fitting purposes. These models allow us to create a denture appliance that fits you perfectly. After your final denture is cast, we will make any adjustments necessary to make sure that your dentures are as comfortable as possible.

Living with Dentures and Partials

No matter how well designed they are, dentures may feel a little loose or odd during the first weeks of wear. This is perfectly normal. The muscles in your cheeks and tongue need to time to get used to the presence of the dental appliance and learn how to keep them in place. You will also need time to get used to inserting and removing them. Some patients may also experience minor soreness, irritation, or increased saliva production. As your mouth adjusts to your new dentures, these problems will generally diminish. If they don’t you should make a follow-up appointment with Dr. Mudrow.

Our team strives to make sure that your new dentures closely resemble your natural teeth, but there will always be some small differences. Your new dentures may make a noticeable change in your appearance, but it is usually for the better. That’s because dentures are often straighter and more evenly colored than natural teeth and may help to fill out your facial appearance as well.