Dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace weak or missing teeth. A full set of functional teeth is necessary to assist with speaking and chewing, and can give you the confidence to laugh and smile naturally. While keeping your natural teeth is best, if you suffer from extensive tooth decay, dentures may be an option.
Dentures can behave as either a full set of teeth or partial set of teeth where one or more areas of your mouth are missing teeth. Drs. Briscoe, Dosch, and Pittman offer two types of dentures: conventional and implant supported. Whereas conventional types of dentures rest on the gum and may be attached to the natural teeth, implant-supported dentures are attached to a foundation that is surgically fixed into the jawbone.
Dentures at Cornerstone Family Dental
During your denture appointment, Dr. Briscoe, Dosch, or Pittman will take a mold of your remaining natural teeth and gums to make sure that your dentures will fit comfortably. Your teeth will then be extracted. Finally, you’ll go through a fitting process. Usually when your initial set comes in, the doctors will make slight adjustments to achieve the proper fit. Tissues tend to shrink after having extractions, so six months after your dentures are initially placed, a reline is recommended to ensure a great fit.
We are here to ensure that your denture experience is a positive one. We provide excellent follow-up care and are readily available to make any necessary denture adjustments needed to achieve your satisfaction.
Adjusting to Your Dentures
Adjusting to eating with dentures takes a little practice. Although your mouth and tongue become accustomed to this new dental appliance, you will need to change how you handle your food. Eat soft foods and cut them into bite-sized pieces before putting them in your mouth. Try to avoid biting at the front of your mouth when you have dentures in. This can cause the dentures to become unstable, which can make your gum line sore. You can begin to introduce firmer foods to your diet, while avoiding gum, hot foods, or meals that contain shells or sharp bones.
Remove and rinse your dentures after eating. Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. Brush your dentures every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaner, and soak them overnight. Rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution.
Even if you have a full set of dentures, it's important to continue scheduling regular dental checkups at our Hutchinson, KS dental office every six months to make sure that your mouth stays healthy for many years to come.