Dentures

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Dentures

What are Dentures?

Dentures are an oral prosthesis for those with missing teeth. These prosthetics have remained popular because they allow patients to chew food, speak articulately, and enhance their overall appearance.

If you are worried about the stigma of getting dentures, fear no more; the clunky days of false teeth are gone! There's no reason to wait to get dentures from Family Dental Care of Olathe and start enjoying your smile again! Consider visiting us at in Olathe, Kansas for a consultation.

Do I Need Dentures?

Despite their portrayal in pop culture, dentures aren’t just reserved for the elderly; they are useful for patients of all ages! Dentures serve as replacements, not just for missing teeth, but also the connective tissues associated with your teeth.

Here are some of the most common signs you need dentures:

  • Gaps in your smile
  • Frequent toothaches, bleeding, or swollen gums
  • Difficulty eating a variety of foods
  • Chipped, damaged, or missing teeth

Types of Dentures:

Dentures come in all shapes and sizes. After your consultation at Family Dental Care of Olathe, your dentist may recommend one of the following options:

Conventional- Also known as complete dentures, this style of dentures is fully removable and will be placed in your mouth once your remaining teeth have been removed and your gums have fully healed.

Once your gums have healed, a dentist will cast a mold over the affected oral cavity. This molding helps define and hold the denture’s shape. After the molding has settled, custom dentures are inserted to fully restore your smile.

Partial- This is a great option for patients that may only have a few teeth that need to be removed and covered. Dentists may also use partial dentures to cover prepared roots or several types of dental implants. Partial dentures are strong and durable, having been made from a combination of metal and acrylic-based materials.

Overdentures- Overdentures are popular because they are removable and flexible. These dentures are placed over a patient’s remaining teeth after they have been prepared by a dentist. They differ from partial dentures in that they help prevent the deterioration of the jaw and other bones.

What to Expect When Getting Dentures

Dentures are natural-looking and comfortable options for holding teeth in place. However, the word “dentures” sometimes causes anxiety in patients.

Fortunately, modern technology has made the process of getting dentures easier and more affordable than ever.

Here is a step-by-step guide:

  1. Initial consult- During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and surrounding gums to ensure that they are stable enough to withstand new teeth.  
  2. The dentures are made- After consultations, the dentist will make a mold of your teeth and record their measurements. Once information is gathered, your dentist will send your specifications to a lab where your dentures will be made.
  3. The dentures are fitted- Once inserted, your dentist may make adjustments to help the new dentures fit.

How Can I Make Dentures More Comfortable?

  • Wear them continuously in the first few weeks, or until your mouth is used to the feel. Once you have adapted, the denture can be removed before sleeping.
  • When not in use, fully submerge dentures in water to preserve flexibility and function.
  • Regularly visit your dentist for adjustments and routine checks on gums and remaining teeth. We recommend an appointment every six months.

How Can I Make False Teeth Whiter?

There are plenty of home remedies for maintaining white dentures. These include:

Hydrogen Peroxide - Remove the dentures and coat them in the solution. Next, gently rub the dentures with a toothbrush. This should help remove stains.

Denture Bleach - Mix a teaspoon of specialized denture bleach with a glass of water, and soak them for around 15 to 20 minutes. Then, remove and gently brush with a toothbrush.

Baking Soda - Baking soda is useful for removing odors in dentures. Mix baking soda with an equal amount of water and use a toothbrush to clean.

White Vinegar - White vinegar is a natural sanitizer that cleans and kills bacteria. Soak dentures in white vinegar overnight, before rinsing and gently cleaning with a toothbrush in the morning.

Salt - Dab a wet toothbrush in salt and use it to clean dentures. Salt actually cleans and disinfects natural teeth as well! Using a saltwater solution overnight may also work.

Floss - Dental floss can be used to clean a denture’s nooks and crannies. Floss your dentures the way you would floss natural teeth.

Mouthwash - Mix a half-mouthwash, half-water solution, and soak the dentures in the solution for half an hour. Rinse thoroughly after removal.

For answers to denture-related questions such as, “where can I get dentures near me?” and, “how much do dentures cost?” call or contact Family Dental Care of Olathe at 913-839-1490.

Immediate vs. Complete Dentures

Conventional dentures are made for a patient’s mouth cavity once the teeth have been removed. A dentist first removes the patient’s teeth and then lets the patient’s gums heal after the operation. Once the gums have healed, the dentist will cast a mold over the patient’s oral cavity. This molding helps shape the dentures. After the molding is set, the dentures are created to the mold and then fit into the patient’s mouth. Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth immediately following the extraction of your teeth, during the same visit as your teeth removal, so they serve as a bandage to control bleeding and protect gum tissue. Because more time is spent preparing them, immediate dentures cost more than conventional dentures.

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Partial Dentures

A partial denture is a removable, yet natural-looking dental appliance that helps restore the form and function of your jaw by replacing one or more missing teeth. When you are missing one or more teeth, the bite pressures shift in your mouth. Other teeth may begin to move to compensate for the “gap” in your bite, and you may experience shrinking of both the soft tissues and the supporting bone near your missing teeth. This can alter your physical appearance and lead to subsequent problems with your other teeth. A partial denture keeps the underlying structures of your mouth – your gums, jawbone, facial muscles, etc. – active and engaged. It helps prevent further shifting of the other teeth in your mouth while giving you the confidence of having a beautiful, complete smile.

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