Today’s dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before, helping men and women to restore function and feel more confident following tooth loss. At Denton Oak Dentistry, patients in and around Denton and Corinth, Texas, benefit from top-quality dentures made from state-of-the-art, lightweight, durable materials for the most comfortable and secure fit. Contact David Phee, DDS, at Denton Oak Dentistry by phone or online to learn more.
Full or complete dentures are used when all the natural teeth are missing on the top or bottom arches (or both) while a partial denture is used to replace a few missing teeth. Both full and partial dentures feature lightweight, natural-looking materials and a comfortable design for a more secure fit and greater self-confidence for the wearer.
A denture fitting begins with an impression of the area of the mouth where the denture will be worn. Impressions use a soft molding compound that hardens as it dries, providing the dental lab with a “real-life” model of the gum contours so the final denture fits as securely and comfortably as possible.
Once the dentures have been made, Dr. Phee conducts your fitting in the office, adjusting the dentures so they fit comfortably and don’t slip or slide when you talk or move your jaws. Having regular fittings is important to ensure the dentures remain secure as the shape of the underlying jawbone changes over time. Dentures that slip and slide aren’t just embarrassing — they can also cause painful sore spots that can eventually turn into infections.
That depends on the patient and the denture. In general, patients who have had dentures in the past adjust more quickly than those who’ve never worn dentures, and it’s also usually easier to adjust to a partial denture than to a complete denture. Most patients adjust within a week or two.
Reading aloud at home and trying a variety of foods can help make adjustment easier and faster. It’s also important to wear dentures for the recommended amount of time so gums become used to the feel and pressure of the dentures. If slippage occurs or there are any persistent sore spots, call the office right away to schedule an adjustment with Dr. Phee.
Dentures should be brushed at least twice a day just like natural teeth using a gentle cleanser and soft brush. When not being worn, they should be kept moist. Denture soaks can be used to keep them fresh.
If you’d like to consult a professional about dentures, call Denton Oak Dentistry today or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.