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Most patients choose dentures when they have lost most or all of their natural teeth. Dentures are removable sets of teeth that are custom-made to fit your mouth. They are customized using a mold of your mouth. Dentures are an affordable option for restoring your smile!

What Types of Dentures Are Available?

Full Dentures

Full dentures are what most people picture when they think of “dentures.” They replace entire arches of teeth, either the top or bottom arch or both. Full dentures are custom-made to fit comfortably in the mouth.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are an option when some natural teeth still remain in the arch. With a partial denture, the replacement teeth are held in place with clasps that attach to the remaining teeth.

How Are Dentures Placed?

During your first appointment, the dentist will take a mold of your mouth. This mold will be used as a guide for your permanent dentures. The mold will also determine which replacement teeth will be used in your dentures.

The dentures are created in a dental lab. A fitting appointment will be scheduled once the dentures are ready.

At your fitting appointment, the dentures will be positioned in your mouth using a paste that makes your gums more pliable. The paste also helps the dentures stay in place.

How to Care for Your New Dentures?

Caring for your dentures is vital to their longevity. While the dentist will provide you with a complete care guide, here are a few general tips for keeping your dentures looking and feeling their best:

  • First, make sure you remove and clean your dentures every night. Instead of leaving them in overnight, take them out and soak them in a special cleaning solution. This helps keep them clean, removes bacteria, and helps them retain their shape.
  • Second, brush your dentures after every meal. This removes food particles and plaque, helping to prevent stains. Be sure to use only a soft toothbrush and mild, non-abrasive toothpaste.
  • Third, keep your dentures moist at all times. When they’re not in your mouth, keep them in a soaking solution. The saliva in your mouth helps to keep them moist, and this is especially important in the first few weeks of wearing them.
  • Finally, avoid hot water when cleaning your dentures. While soaking them, use room temperature or lukewarm water, not hot. Hot water can cause them to crack.