At New Concepts Dental, we firmly believe that dentistry is all about creating beautiful smiles. We strive to make sure all of our denture patients feel confident when they smile because we know having a strong and attractive smile matters. Our practice specializes in providing customized denture services meeting the individual needs of our patients and ensuring that all our denture patients have a comfortable experience while wearing their dentures. We know you are one-of-a-kind, which is why we go above and beyond to make sure your customized experience leaves you feeling and looking great, helping you wear your dentures with pride and confidence.
What Are Dentures?
You may have heard about dentures from friends or family, but let us take a moment to explain what dentures mean to New Concept Dental. The dentures we offer our patients are natural-looking, replacement teeth that are removable. Dentures are available as full or partial dental appliances.
We recommend partial dentures as an alternative to a bridge. In situations like this the dentures are attached to a metal frame bonded to your natural teeth. Partials help fill the spaces where permanent teeth used to be.
When a person has lost all of his or her permanent teeth, we recommend full dentures. We offer our patients two kinds of full dentures: conventional and immediate. The differences between the two are as follows:
• Conventional dentures take several months and many dental visits to complete the process. The reason for the delay is that the gums must fully heal before we can safely place the dentures in the mouth.
• Immediate full dentures can be placed in the mouth immediately following an extraction.
Although these types of dentures are instantaneous, they require several adjustments during the initial months and necessitate numerous office visits.
Let Us Help You Choose the Right Dentures
Are dentures right for you? The answer is not as simple as yes or no. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for dentures is to contact our offices and schedule an appointment to meet with one of our dentists. When you meet with one of our dentists, he or she will address any concerns you have. Your dentist will answer questions, examine your mouth, and help you make the best decision regarding whether or not dentures will benefit your ongoing oral health needs.
How to Care for Your Dentures
Even though dentures are not natural teeth, you still need to take care of them like natural teeth. Keeping the dentures clean and free of bacteria is important to prevent gum disease and other conditions. Check out these recommended ways to keep your dentures clean:
• Be careful with your dentures when handling them. Accidents happen more frequently during the removal or insertion of dentures. Avoid an accidental break by standing over a sink of water, or placing a folded towel on the sink.
• Don’t forget to brush your dentures. As with natural teeth, plaque and tartar can build up on your dentures. You can remove these substances with daily brushing, using a soft-bristled brush. Clean your dentures by lightly brushing the surface, being extremely cautious as not to bend or crack the plastic. If you have a full set of dentures, remember to keep your gums and tongue clean too. Again, use a soft-bristled brush, gently cleaning your tongue and your gums. Always rinse your dentures after each meal to keep them clean between brushings.
• Don’t use mouthwashes and drugstore toothpaste to clean your dentures. Many of these products are too harsh for dentures. Instead, we tell our patients to use mild hand soap for effective cleaning. Give us a call and we’ll give you with a list of approved ADA products that you can use to clean your dentures.
• Dentures need to stay moist. Don’t allow them to dry when you take them out, which leads to cracking, breaking, etc. Many dentures can be left in water overnight, but check with us before doing this. There are a few types of dentures that should not soak overnight.
My Dentures Broke! What Do I Do?
First, don’t panic. Accidents happen. If your dentures have cracked or chipped, call us immediately. We’ll set up a time for you to come in for an examination. Whatever you do, it is imperative that you not continue to wear broken dentures. Not only will they not fit properly, but this can lead to pain and irritation in your mouth.
Don’t forget to keep your regular dental appointments. Six-month checks and professional cleanings will keep your dentures looking good as new!