Dentures are removable teeth replacements that are custom crafted to match the appearance of the patient's natural teeth. There are 2 types of dentures, complete mouth dentures, and partial mouth dentures. Complete mouth dentures replace every tooth in the mouth while partial mouth dentures fill in gaps between the natural teeth.
In conventional full mouth dentures, the dentures are created after all of the teeth have been extracted and the gum tissue has been fully healed. This means that the patient typically goes without teeth for around 4-6 weeks.
In immediate full mouth dentures, the dentures are created ahead of the teeth extractions. They are then placed in the mouth immediately, which prevents the patient from having to go without teeth while healing. With immediate full mouth dentures, the dentures will typically have to be adjusted once the mouth has healed, as tissue shrinkage is common.
Dentures can last for years, but repairs, relining, and rebasing adjustments may be needed over the years.
In a denture reline, the side of the dentures that suctions to the mouth tissue is replaced to compensate for changes in the patient's mouth over time.
In a denture rebase, the whole denture base is replaced. A denture rebase replaces everything but the artificial teeth, which are then inserted into the new base.
During the initial appointment, the dentist will make impressions and take measurements of the mouth. These things are essential in the creation of custom dentures. Dentures are created at a dental laboratory and are then fitted by the dentist at Front Royal Dental Care. Several different denture fitting appointments may be needed to ensure the best possible fit.
Dentures must be handled with care, and this includes daily cleaning. Dentures should be brushed with a non-abrasive denture toothpaste and should be stored in a sterile environment when not in the mouth. Special denture solutions can also be used for soaking and cleaning. The dentist may recommend special denture adhesives to help patients get the best possible fit.
At Front Royal Dental Care, we accept Delta Dental Premier. Please contact our office to discuss additional insurance options.
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