Missing Teeth? We Will Help You.
If you’ve lost all or most of your natural teeth from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, dentures can replace your missing teeth and create a beautiful new smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health in several ways. Without support from the teeth, your facial muscles sag, making you look older. Losing your teeth can ruin your ability to truly enjoy life, like laughing with an open mouth, smiling without embarrassment, eating whatever foods you like, speaking easily and clearly, and having the self-confidence that comes with looking healthy and attractive.
Back in George Washington’s days, dental care was in its infancy. Although an athlete and horseman who was otherwise healthy, President Washington began losing his teeth in his 20’s, not uncommon in those days. Contrary to popular belief, his dentures were not made of wood, but of gold, lead, and ivory. They held both human and animal teeth, used springs to help open and close and were bolted to hold them together. This was the best solution available then.
Now there are many types of complete and partial dentures. A conventional full denture is custom-made and placed only after any remaining teeth are extracted and the patient has completely healed, which can take several months. By comparison, an immediate complete denture can be inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. We take measurements and create models of your jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, you won’t have to be without teeth during the healing period. We offer affordable dentures. Sacramento, Rocklin, Granite Bay and Folsom are a short drive to our office’s convenient location.
FAQs Concerning Dentures
Immediate dentures are inserted immediately—just after the remaining teeth are extracted. To make this possible, we take measurements and create models of your jaws during a preliminary visit, before your teeth are extracted. An advantage of immediate dentures is that you won’t have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, because bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth, the immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to continue to fit properly. Alternatively, a conventional denture is made after the tissues have completely healed, which takes at least 6-8 weeks, sometimes longer. Therefore, patients who choose conventional dentures will be without teeth during the healing process.
Just like your natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. Brushing also helps prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and helps keep your mouth healthy. It’s best to use a brush specifically designed for cleaning dentures. A soft-bristle toothbrush can also be used. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes, as they can damage your dentures.
Some denture wearers use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid, which are both fine for cleaning dentures. Avoid using powdered household cleansers, which are too abrasive, and do not use toothpaste. Denture acrylic is softer than real tooth enamel, and the abrasives in regular toothpaste can create microscopic scratches, which create places for bacteria to hide and grow. Also, never use bleach or peroxide on your dentures, as this can whiten the pink portion of the denture. Look for denture cleansers with the ADA Seal of Acceptance or ask your dental professional at Fountains Dental Excellence.
- First rinse away loose food particles thoroughly.
- Moisten the brush and apply denture cleanser.
- Brush every surface carefully, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.
- You should brush them at least twice a day.
- If you are not wearing your dentures at night, place them in a covered container with denture soaking solution or plain water, so they don’t dry out. Never use hot water, however, as this can cause warping of the denture material.
- You can also use an ultrasonic cleaner for dentures, though this will not replace a daily brushing.