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Truth About Dentures and Partials

The Truth About Dentures and Partials

A new set of beautiful dentures and partials can change your life! No longer will you have to cover your mouth when you smile. You can eat the foods you like. You can feel confident again.

 

It doesn't matter how old you are or how you lost your teeth.  It could have been cavities, gum disease, trauma, abuse, neglect, whatever. Using new life like materials, dentures and/or partials will restore your smile and give you back the confidence to Live your Best Life!

They Can Give You A New Lease On Life

Dentures and partials can be life changing. Time after time we see our patients blossom after adjusting to their new teeth. Dentures are not just for the elderly anymore. Young people who loose teeth from sports, car accidents, etc. are able to smile again. Groups like "Dentures a New Smileprovide support for new denture wearers.

 

For whatever reason a tooth needs to be extracted,  many people feel a sense of loss.  When you lose a back tooth, chewing oftentimes becomes more difficult. Loss of a front or side tooth can make eating more challenging, but can also cause embarrassment and anxiety.  If you are missing all of your teeth, you will need a full set of dentures to restore all of your teeth.  If you are missing one or a few teeth, a partial denture can easily replace those missing teeth.  

 

Dentures and partials are an economical way to replace missing teeth and a great alternative for those who are not candidates for implants and fixed bridges.

 

People Are Not Alike and Neither Are Dentures and Partials

People are not alike and neither are their mouths, jawbones or facial appearance.  A new denture wearer's dentures usually fit great at first because the bone is still strong and they can get good suction.The more jawbone you have, the better your dentures and partials will fit.  Losing teeth makes your jawbones shrink over time which causes difficulty in wearing dentures and partials.

A partial denture is easier to wear than a full denture because it is supported by teeth; so try to save as many teeth as you can.  Although dentures and partials are a replacement for teeth, they're much different from your natural teeth.  Your natural teeth are individual and are firmly attached to your jawbone by periodontal ligaments. Partials give more support because they are attached to some of your remaining teeth. At Dental First Corp. we keep as many teeth as possible, even if they only last for a few years.  Full dentures just sit on top of your gums and rely on suction to stay put.

There are some people, especially new denture wearers, who have great suction. Over time, dentures and partials become loose.  Because the upper denture uses the entire palate for suction, they are easier to wear for most people.  The lower denture has a horseshoe shape and the powerful tongue tends to dislodge it and keep it moving all around. Denture wearers have three treatments that can help make dentures stay secure. 

  1. Denture Adhesives.There are many different types of adhesives. Test them to see which works best for you. Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination to determine if you will need extra support for your new dentures.
  2. Denture Relines. Every one to two years, relines can be quite effective in keeping your dentures tighter. A reline uses a new impression of your mouth to reshape the inside of your dentures to its current condition. At Dental First Corp., we can do your reline in the office (good) or send them to our lab to achieve the tightest fit (best).
  3. Dental Implants. Dental Implants are screws placed in the jawbone where the denture can snap on to it and stay tightly in place.  Even having just two implants for your lower denture can be life changing. Implants give many denture wearers security and confidence that their dentures stay in place when talking, eating and laughing.

You will be happy to know that when choosing dentures and partials to replace your missing teeth, you have many choices.  At Dental First Corp we offer Basic and Classic Dentures for the cost conscious and  Custom Premium Dentures for those who want to take advantage of all the new technology for natural life like dentures. Our partial dentures choices are Basic, Metal and Flexible depending on your needs. 

Caring for Your Dentures and Partials

Do's

Don'ts


  • Do feel confident with your new smile!!! There is nothing more sexy than confidence, so "Rock that New Smile". If you are afraid that your denture or partial will fall out, ask your dentist for a recommendation.
  • Do clean your dentures and partials  daily with a denture brush and soak overnight in a denture cleanser. The same tartar that attaches to your teeth can attach to your denture and partials. Lay a towel over the sink when cleaning them because they make break if you drop them. 
  • Do continue to visit the dentist regularly. The dentist will check your gums to make sure you are healthy and your dentures and partials still fit well.
  • Be mindful and careful about how and what you chew. Denture and Partial teeth can pop off and the base can break.  It's only acrylic and plastic. Luckily we can repair most mishaps.
  • Do feel confident with your new smile!!! There is nothing more sexy than confidence, so "Rock that New Smile". If you are afraid that your denture or partial will fall out, ask your dentist for a recommendation.
  • Do clean your dentures and partials  daily with a denture brush and soak overnight in a denture cleanser. The same tartar that attaches to your teeth can attach to your denture and partials. Lay a towel over the sink when cleaning them because they make break if you drop them. 
  • Do continue to visit the dentist regularly. The dentist will check your gums to make sure you are healthy and your dentures and partials still fit well.
  • Be mindful and careful about how and what you chew. Denture and Partial teeth can pop off and the base can break.  It's only acrylic and plastic. Luckily we can repair most mishaps.

Dentures and Partials Are An Investment

A new smile is one of the best investments that you can make.  According to Psychology Today, "There's Magic in Your smile." At Dental First Corp. we are on a mission to teach how "Good Oral Health is the Gateway to a Healthy Heart". TM    Your teeth, whether they are natural or dentures/partials, help with chewing your food which aids digestion.  Good digestion gives your body the nutrients it needs to help you live your Best Life no matter your age.  Your smile actually induces chemicals in the body that uplift your mood and the mood of those around you. Your teeth, dentures or partials are big contributors to having a healthy heart. 

 

Unfortunately, dentures and partials Don't Last Forever! Wearing a denture or partial for more than 5-10 years is harmful to your health. Suppose you wore the same pair of shoes everyday for 10 years? What do you think would happen? Well it's the same concept with your partials and dentures. The plastic teeth wear down making it more difficult for you to chew. Your muscles and lower jaw starts jutting out trying to compensate for the worn down teeth.  The bone shrinks more and more and the dentures and partials become loose and ill fitting. At this stage, it is very difficult for many to adapt to a new pair of dentures. It's hard for the chewing muscles and proprioceptor nerves to acclimate. We advocate getting a new set of partials or dentures after 5 -7 years to reduce the rate of resorption in your bone and also give you assurance that you have an extra pair if anything happens to your first set.

 

Your smile is an investment. Treat it with care and respect. Good "Oral Health is the Gateway to a Healthy Heart""tm.    If you would like to know more about our Beautiful Natural dentures and partials, please call us at 215-471-9620 or email us smile@dentalfirstcorp.com.           ~ Dr. Renee Fennell

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