Patients tend to put off getting dentures for a variety of reasons, but it’s important not to delay dental care, both for the sake of your appearance and your overall health. Dr. Kevin D. Jennings, LLC. in Chesapeake, Virginia, takes the time to answer your questions and then provides customized, comfortable, and natural-looking dentures. To learn more about getting dentures, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Dentures consist of an acrylic or plastic resin base that’s customized to fit over your gums. The base holds prosthetic teeth made from resin or porcelain that match the color of your remaining teeth.
The types of dentures available include:
Partials are used when you need to replace a few teeth. Traditional partials are held in place with pieces that attach to your existing teeth. Flexible partial dentures are made from a nylon base that clings to your gums.
Full dentures replace all your upper teeth, your lower teeth, or in some cases, both.
Dr. Jennings may anchor partial or full dentures to dental implants. An implant is a small metal post that’s surgically inserted into your jaw. Your dentures snap on to the portion of the implant that protrudes above the gumline.
Following a dental exam and X-rays, Dr. Jennings talks with you about the type of denture that’s best for your dental health.
If you need to have teeth extracted, you’ll wait up to six months after the teeth are removed before getting fitted for dentures. The shape of your gums changes during healing, and if you get dentures too soon, they won’t fit properly a few months later.
When your extraction has healed, or if you don’t need a tooth extracted, Dr. Jennings takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to a lab that produces your dentures.
When your dentures are ready, you’ll try them on and test the fit. If necessary, Dr. Jennings can adjust parts of the dentures on-site to be sure they’re comfortable.
Same-day dentures are temporary dentures made in the office that you wear while you wait for the lab to make your permanent dentures.
However, same-day dentures aren’t possible for all patients. Dr. Jennings will let you know whether you’re a good candidate.
Dentures should always stay moist. When they’re not in your mouth, they should stay in cold water or a soaking solution.
You’ll need to continue good oral hygiene habits with your dentures, using a soft-bristled brush to get rid of food and bacteria. Regular brushing also helps prevent staining.
Additionally, you should give your dentures routine deep cleaning using one of the products available in your local pharmacy. Dr. Jennings can give you recommendations and tips for denture maintenance.
If you need dentures, call Dr. Kevin D. Jennings, LLC. or book an appointment online today.