Dentures / Partial Dentures at Von Boeckmann, DDS
Complete and Partial Dentures
A complete denture is used when a few natural teeth are remaining. Our dentists start the process by eliminating any natural remaining teeth so that the dentures are fitted and aligned properly. Then a mold of the gums is taken and sends it to a dental lab where the customized dentures are constructed. Partial dentures are prepared in the same method as a complete set and are used when only a few teeth are missing.
Immediate Dentures allows patients to have their Dentures on the same day when the teeth are removed. As the extraction heals & the bone remodels, the denture will require adjustments & relining to make it fit better. At the end of the year when the healing is completed, our dentist may advise you to get a new denture.
If the roots of a patient are remaining then the teeth are strong, our dentist may suggest over-dentures. Overdentures fit on top of the remaining natural teeth in the mouth. With over-dentures, the remaining teeth are re-sculpted and covered with metal caps to stop future decay. The advantage of over-dentures is that they do not have to be relined as frequently as a complete set of dentures because they cause less recession of the jawbone and gums. In addition, overdentures create less occlusion (bite) problems than complete dentures.
Once Your Dentures Have Been Placed
At first, your dentures will feel uncomfortable because the gums and tissue are not accustomed to being in contact with man-made relining material. Once placed, dentures should be worn continually for the first few days to reduce the amount of swelling that may occur in the mouth. This swelling typically subsides in two to three days. Until patients adjust to their new set of teeth, the dentures may feel loose and awkward while chewing food. Eating soft food may be necessary for the first few days. Reading aloud helps to overcome any speech impediments that may occur from the new dentures. Typically, lower dentures take longer to get used to than upper dentures. The underlying jawbone may take several months to completely heal and become accustomed to the dentures. Once this occurs, the dentist removes the dentures and creates a permanent lining for your teeth (a denture lining is a soft material that cushions the contact between the denture and the gum tissues).
The Life of your Dentures
Although dentures typically last about five years, they can last longer with proper care and cleaning. Dentures should be cleaned daily with normal or specially-made denture toothpaste. Once the swelling has reduced, it is advised to leave one or both dentures out at night to allow the gum tissues to breathe. In order to prevent dentures from warping, they should be left in water overnight. Over time, the lining of the dentures may change. In case of tissue/bone shrinking, worn down teeth, or breakage, dentures may come loose and need to be remade.