If you have lost your natural teeth, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are missing all or most of their teeth. Thankfully, at Kirlough Family Dentistry, we have a dental team who expertly restores smiles with dentures and partial dentures in Middleburg Heights. These prosthetics not only restore the appearance of your smile, but they also help your face look fuller and more youthful. Most important of all, our dentures will help you eat your favorite foods, speak with confidence, and laugh out loud, dramatically improving your quality of life.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth attached to bases made of resin that look like your natural gums. A complete denture restores a whole row of missing teeth, while a partial denture fills the gaps of missing teeth without affecting your remaining natural smile. Dentures in Middleburg Heights are held in place with suction, adhesive, or dental implants. With great oral healthcare and routine cleaning, you can expect this tooth replacement to last 5 to 7 years before it needs replacement. However, if you have a denture retained by dental implants, your prosthesis will usually last longer.
There are a variety of complete dentures and the one that is best for you will depend on your oral health, your preference, and your budget. A traditional full denture is made when all of your teeth are removed, and your gums have healed. On the other hand, an immediate full denture can be inserted as soon as your remaining teeth are removed. When you visit Kirlough Family Dentistry, we will carefully examine your mouth and take measurements to recommend the best denture for your smile.
If you’re considering dentures but still have some natural teeth, Dr. Jon Kirlough may decide that you could benefit most from partial dentures. With partial dentures, you have multiple options: a fixed or removeable denture. The fixed option uses your natural teeth or dental implants as anchors to permanently affix dentures into your mouth. The other option, removeable dentures, allows you to take your false teeth in and out of your smile for breaks and easy cleaning.
If Dr. Kirlough decides that you’re a candidate for dental implants, this could be your best option. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made out of titanium, which permanently fuse to your jawbone. At Kirlough Family Dentistry, we can attach your dentures to the strategically placed dental implants in your mouth for a stable and secure smile. This is not only the most natural looking and feeling option, but you’ll also receive stronger biting power and more confidence when speaking. Plus, an added advantage is that dental implants are the only tooth replacement that preserves your natural jawbone, making them an incredibly beneficial addition to full or partial dentures.
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.