Partial & Full Dentures Correct Tulsa Teeth
What comes to mind when you hear the word dentures? For many people, it’s the image of an elderly person with sagging or wrinkled facial features. That’s not what dentures look like now. Today, we use high quality materials to create well fitted, natural looking partial and full dentures. If you’ve experienced advanced tooth loss, contact your Tulsa/ Broken Arrow dentist and team at Rigdon Dental & Associates to schedule a tooth replacement consultation. We’ll take a closer look at your smile and help you determine what tooth replacement options are right for your smile.
Who Needs Dentures?
Patients who have lost numerous consecutive and/or nonconsecutive teeth or a full row of teeth should consider replacing the lost dental structures with a partial or full denture. We always plan our restorative treatments to ensure patients receive the most conservative solution that will fully restore their smiles. Dentures are only recommended in cases of advanced tooth loss.
What are Partials?
Partials are tooth replacement prosthetics that are used to fill in the gaps between remaining healthy teeth. A gum-colored base material is crafted to fit between the healthy teeth and support numerous replacement teeth with one prosthetic. Partials are anchored into position using metal brackets and wires attached to these teeth.
How are Full Dentures Made?
Full dentures also use a gum-colored base material to support the row of replacement teeth. Since there are no healthy teeth remaining, a full denture is molded to fit against the gum line. The shape of the denture creates suction between the base and soft tissue that will hold a properly made denture in position. Many patients choose to use denture adhesive to improve stability.
Can I Get an Implant Supported Denture?
We are happy to offer implant-retained dental prosthetics to replace missing teeth with improved stability. Dental implant supported partial and full dentures give patients a flawless, natural looking smile that looks and functions more like your natural smile. Traditional full dentures are only able to renew about 25% of chewing ability. Dental implant supported dentures offer 70% or more natural chewing function. This allows patients to eat a more varied diet.
How Long Will My Restoration Last?
Properly cared for dentures that are examined and adjusted during biannual dental checkups can last between five and eight years. Dentures will need to be refitted or completely replaced to prevent diminished effectiveness and discomfort.
How do I Care for my Denture?
Traditional dentures will need to be removed and cleaned at least once a day. You can use a specialized denture toothbrush or soft bristled traditional toothbrush and a minimally abrasive toothpaste to remove any food buildup. Removable dentures should be stored in water or denture cleaner any time they are not being worn. This prevents the denture from drying out and potentially becoming misshapen. Dental implant fixed dentures need to be brushed just like healthy teeth. You may also need to use special flossers and/or antimicrobial mouth rinse to clean beneath the denture base. During your biannual dental checkups, we will check the comfort and function of your denture and make adjustments as needed to help you keep your prosthetic functioning for as long as possible.