Full & Partial Dentures – Chaska, MN
Regain The Function & Feel of Your Smile
Do you miss looking in the mirror and seeing someone who has a beautiful smile full of healthy teeth? According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, but that doesn’t mean you have to live the rest of your life with a gap in your smile. If you’re missing several or all of your teeth on an arch, you could likely benefit from full or partial dentures in Chaska. With this customized restorative solution, you can regain the function and look of your smile, boosting your confidence and helping you get the most out of your daily life.
The Process of Getting Dentures
Getting dentures begins with a consultation with your dentist in Chaska. We’ll examine your mouth, take some X-rays, talk about your concerns, and then discuss your options for replacing your teeth. In addition to talking about full and partial dentures, we may also go over the benefits of bridges and implant-retained dentures.
If you opt for partial or full dentures, we’ll take an impression of your mouth. This impression will serve as the basis for creating your new, custom smile. Over the next several appointments, we’ll take steps to ensure that your dentures fit right; for example, we’ll use a wax mold of what your denture may look like so we can check to make sure your bite is comfortable. The overall process of getting dentures usually takes about four to six weeks.
What Are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. They’re crafted from a gum-colored acrylic base that’s specially designed to utilize natural suction and denture adhesive to stay securely in place while you eat and speak. Atop the base are customized, natural-looking porcelain or ceramic replacement teeth that will help preserve your full facial structure and prevent drooping cheeks.
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures can replace several missing teeth in an arch without the need for extraction or altering your natural and healthy teeth. They utilize an acrylic, gum-colored, or metal base to keep the customized replacement teeth in their ideal positions.
Benefits of Dentures
Full and partial dentures in Chaska are removable prostheses that can replace just a few teeth or all of them. Wearing them consistently can help to address some of the problems discussed above. In addition, dentures:
- Are very comfortable once you get used to them. The way they fit may change over time, so it’s important to have regular checkups with your dentist for adjustments.
- Are easy to care for. You’ll have to brush them regularly and keep them moist so they stay fresh and functioning.
- Provide a fairly strong bite force. You should be able to enjoy most if not all of your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your artificial teeth.
- Look natural. Well-made, high-quality dentures are virtually impossible for onlookers to distinguish from natural teeth.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can have a big impact on your life. Without getting them replaced in a timely manner, you could face a slew of issues, including:
- Speech problems. Teeth play a significant role in helping us to enunciate certain sounds. Without them, you may find it more difficult or even embarrassing to communicate with others.
- Bite changes. Without all of your teeth in place to help you eat, the remaining pearly whites are put under extra stress as the force of your bite is unevenly distributed. Those natural teeth may face premature wear and tear or even drift out of place.
- Trouble eating. There are some foods you may simply not be able to enjoy without all of your teeth.
- Gum disease. Missing teeth may increase your risk of gum disease, which can lead to further tooth loss, persistent bad breath, and even systemic health disorders.
- Aesthetic issues. Everyone wants to have a confident smile — and that isn’t always possible if you’re short one or two teeth in the front of your mouth.
When you visit White Oak Dental for your free consultation, we’ll help educate you on what it takes to restore and preserve your oral health. We can also walk you through each of the tooth replacement options available to you and ensure that you have all of the information you need to make a sound decision to improve your quality of life.
Are you still curious about dentures? At White Oak Dental, we want you to have all the information you need to make a confident investment in your smile. That’s why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dentures. Keep reading to learn more about how we can restore your missing teeth with custom-made solutions.
How Long Will My Dentures Last?
With proper care, your dentures should last between 5 and 7 years, maintaining proper fit and appearance. Just like your natural smile, your dentures get put through regular wear and tear from eating, speaking, and laughing throughout the day. The prosthetic will eventually lose it’s look and comfortable fit. That’s why we recommend visiting our office at least twice a year so we can keep an eye on your denture and make any adjustments when necessary.
How Should I Care for My Dentures?
Maintaining your dentures daily will help you enjoy them for years to come. The most important step to keep in mind is to take your dentures out when you sleep. Store them in denture solution or water to shake loose any plaque and debris that has collected during the day. This makes it easy to gently scrub away plaque and bacteria on your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your dentures should be cleaned daily and it’s also vital to brush your gums for good dental hygiene.
How Much Will My Dentures Cost?
The cost of your dentures will depend on a variety of factors. Because no two smiles are the same, it’s difficult to provide you with a precise estimate before examining your smile first. During a consultation, Dr. Stapleton will carefully examine your mouth and the overall condition of your oral health before developing a personalized treatment plan that includes cost. The most significant factor that influences the price of your dentures is the number of teeth you’re missing. As you can guess, one denture is less expensive than two, so your pattern of tooth loss will play an important roll in your overall cost.
What is Life with Dentures Like?
Once you have your dentures, there is a slight adjustment period when it comes to speaking, chewing, and smiling. If you struggle speaking at first, try reading books out loud, keying in on the words you’re having trouble with. After getting used to your new dentures, you’ll be able to enjoy a stronger, more beautiful, and youthful smile. What’s even better is that you can flash your attractive smile in any social or professional setting with confidence.
Can I Try to Adjust My Dentures on My Own?
If your dentures begin to feel uncomfortable, or you notice a problem like a crack, contact our office right away. Dr. Stapleton can often make quick adjustments to remedy the issue. However, you should avoid making any modifications to your denture without our help—even one minor change could negatively impact the effectiveness of your treatment.