If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, you aren’t alone. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are missing most or all of their teeth! Missing just one tooth can make life challenging; but missing all of them can severely impact your ability to eat, speak, laugh, and so on. Fortunately, our team at Kirlough Family Dentistry can outfit you with dentures and get your smile back on track. To learn more about the restorative capabilities of dentures, keep reading or feel free to give us a call for additional information or to set up a consultation. We’d be happy to work with you to beautifully restore your smile!
Missing teeth need to be replaced for many important reasons: not only is your mouth’s functionality negatively impacted, but any remaining natural teeth experience a heightened risk of falling out! Dentures are an ideal solution for patients missing several teeth or an entire arch. To determine if dentures are a viable solution for you, you’ll need to visit Dr. Kirlough for a thorough dental exam. If any untreated dental concerns are present, such as tooth decay or gum disease, we’ll work the appropriate care into your treatment plan.
During your consultation, Dr. Kirlough will determine which type of denture is required for your smile’s unique needs. Thanks to advancements in technology, all of these options appear natural and are more comfortable to wear than ever before! Depending on your needs, we’ll recommend one of the following options:
As the name suggests, partial dentures only replace some missing teeth, rather than all of them. By attaching a clasp to your remaining natural teeth, the gum-colored base and custom prosthetic teeth can seamlessly restore your existing smile in terms of beauty and functionality.
For patients missing an entire arch of teeth, full dentures are the ideal choice. Similar to partials, full dentures have a discreet, gum-colored base and lifelike prosthetic teeth. However, since there aren’t any natural adjacent teeth remaining to secure them, they rely on a combination of the natural shape and suction of the mouth, and denture adhesive, if needed, to remain in place.
Implant dentures combine all of the benefits of dentures with the ingenuity of dental implants. Instead of keeping your new smile in place with clasps, suction, or adhesives, titanium posts are surgically placed directly into your jawbone. This allows for an incredibly strong foundation that provides maximum stability while avoiding unwanted movement. Another added advantage is that implant dentures restore much of your bite force while preserving your natural jawbone.
Dentures are a tried-and-true tooth replacement solution that has helped countless patients over the last few decades. Here are some of the many benefits they offer:
In all the time that Dr. Kirlough has been helping patients in Cleveland, he has regularly received many interesting questions about full dentures and partial dentures. Below, we’ve collected some of the most common examples and have provided detailed answers that we hope prepare you for your own experience with false teeth. Is there anything else you want to know that isn’t covered on this page? Schedule a consultation with us today so that you can ask Dr. Kirlough in person.
You will be told to wear your dentures for 24 hours when you first get them. After that initial adjustment period, it’s preferred for you to start taking them out at night. This allows the gums to relax after a full day of supporting the prosthetic, and it gives the mouth a chance to recover. It’s also more hygienic to remove your dentures at regular intervals so that bacteria doesn’t start accumulating underneath. Make sure that you are cleaning your dentures at night and are storing them in an appropriate soaking solution so that they don’t dry out before morning.
Your mouth will need time to get used to the presence of dentures inside your mouth. At first, some minor irritation will occur. This will fade over time, although it may last longer if you are getting a new set of dentures after previously. You should be visiting our office regularly for adjustments as needed so that we can make sure your dentures fit as well as possible. If the pain suddenly grows worse or is particularly severe, that’s not normal and you need to call our office right away so that we can figure out what the root of the problem is.
It’ll take some time to relearn how to chew properly with dentures, but you should be able to chew most foods normally after a while. Harder foods and sticky foods will always present challenges. It can sometimes help to use a small amount of denture adhesive to make sure your teeth stay in place while you’re learning to eat with them. No matter how much time passes, however, you should always avoid chewing gum; it has a tendency to stick to the plastic in the denture and could very easily pull them loose.
Dentures are a medical necessity that make it possible for someone with extensive tooth loss to maintain a mouth that still functions normally. For this reason, they’re covered under most dental insurance plans. The exact amount of coverage you receive may vary depending on which plan you have, but it’s usually around 50%. If you’re unsure about your personal dental insurance benefits, or if you have any questions about the insurance process, please call us with your policy information, and we’ll be happy to go over the details with you.