Are Dentures Right For Me?
Full arch dentures are typically recommended for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth, or are at risk of losing them. Your candidacy for full arch dentures depends on your oral health and the cause of your tooth loss. The best way to determine if this option is right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We will assess your teeth and gums thoroughly, offer honest advice and guidance, and explain each of your restorative options, including full arch dentures.
The Treatment Process for Full Arch Dentures
The first step in treatment is to prepare your mouth for full arch dentures, and this means that any unhealthy remaining teeth must be removed. Once you heal after your extraction procedure, dental impressions and photos will be taken of your gums and our dentists will work with an outside lab to create your custom dentures. While these are manufactured, you’ll be given temporary dentures to wear in the meantime. Once we receive your permanent restoration, you’ll come in for your last appointment and we will ensure that the dentures fit perfectly in your mouth. Before you leave, we’ll discuss how to wear your dentures and care for them properly, and answer any questions you may have about your new smile.
Unless you have already lost all of the teeth in your upper, lower, or both arches, you will need to have your remaining teeth extracted before your dentures are created. Dentures fit directly over your gums and stay in place due to friction, so they are unable to fit around any remaining teeth. We understand that extracting your teeth can seem intimidating, so we help you consider all of your restorative options carefully before moving forward. We want to empower you to make the best decisions for your oral health, so we are always here with honest advice and guidance.
The Tooth Extraction Process
When you come in for an extraction, one of our dentists will begin the process by cleaning and numbing your mouth. Then, a specialized tool called a dental elevator is used to loosen the tooth in its socket. After this, the tooth is gently pulled out by its root. The area is then cleaned and disinfected again, and sutured shut. This process typically takes only about 5 minutes per tooth, and our advanced numbing agents and sedatives ensure that you feel no anxiety or discomfort throughout the entire process.
FOR MY DENTURES
After you receive your permanent dentures at Enamel Dentistry, your dentist will provide you with a set of instructions on denture care, which you’ll need to follow to keep your dentures in great shape.
For example, you’ll need to remove and rinse your dentures every time you eat, and rinse your mouth or brush your gums. This helps eliminate the buildup of food particles. In turn, this minimizes the growth of oral bacteria that can cause gum disease and other such issues.
You will also need to thoroughly brush your gums and your dentures every night. You can use a fluoride toothpaste to clean your gums and remaining natural teeth (if applicable), but you should use a separate toothbrush and a denture cleaner to clean your dentures, since abrasive toothpaste can wear down your dentures.
Dentures are also typically not worn overnight, because this can encourage the growth of microorganisms like bacteria and fungus, and lead to oral health issues. Because of this, you will be instructed to soak your dentures in water or a special denture cleanser. Keeping the dentures moist stops them from warping, which can ruin their fit.
For more information about denture care, simply consult with your doctor at Enamel Dentistry after you receive your temporary or full dentures, and you’ll get all the instructions you need to keep your dentures in great condition.
DO DENTURES LAST?
With proper care, you can expect your new set of dentures to last between 5-7 years. Over time, the wear & tear caused by eating, chewing, and speaking can cause your dentures to wear out, or they may stop fitting properly due to changes in your facial structure after tooth loss.
If you begin to feel like your dentures won’t stay in place, they are causing sore spots on your gums, or you have any other problems with your dentures, you should see your dentist at Enamel Dentistry. It may be time to have a new set of dentures fitted to ensure you can continue to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
AND DENTURES ON THE SAME DAY?
Yes. This process is known as “immediate dentures.” If you choose this method of tooth replacement, you’ll come into Enamel Dentistry for one or more appointments before your teeth are extracted to have a set of temporary dentures made to fit your mouth.
Then, once your teeth are extracted at your next appointment, your dentist will have a set of dentures that can be placed over your gums immediately. Immediate dentures allow you to maintain your appearance, and they also cover up the extraction sites, which can help promote better healing and reduce bleeding after tooth extraction.
However, the fit of a set of immediate dentures is usually not perfect, since they must be made before your teeth are extracted. In addition, it’s common for your gums to change in size and shape after tooth extraction. This means you’ll usually need to come back to Enamel Dentistry to have a permanent set of dentures fitted once your gums heal from the extraction process.