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Losing your natural teeth can be a source of heartache and discomfort. Not only do you lose your willingness to smile, but you are also deprived of the ability to enjoy some of your favorite foods or even speak like your old self. Luckily, modern dentistry has gotten unbelievably good at creating tooth restorations that look as good, if not better, than natural teeth. If you are ready to get your smile back, come to Tarpon River Dental for custom dentures in Ft. Lauderdale.

What are Dentures? 

Dentures are false teeth made in the form of a prosthetic device that matches the appearance of an entire row of teeth. Dentures can be either complete or partial, and they are made from materials like acrylic, nylon, porcelain, resin, or even metal.

Types of Dentures

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures, also known as full dentures, are used when all the natural teeth are missing in either the upper or lower jaw, or both. These dentures replace the entire arch of missing teeth and are custom-made to fit your mouth. Complete dentures consist of artificial teeth set in a flesh-colored acrylic base that rests directly on the gums. They are held in place by suction or denture adhesive.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain in the mouth. They are designed to fill in the gaps created by missing teeth. Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a metal or acrylic framework. The framework may have clasps or connectors that grip onto the neighboring natural teeth for stability and support.

Partial dentures may also include an additional component called "rests." These rests are small metal or ceramic extensions on the framework of the partial denture that provide support and stability to the denture. To put it simply, the partial dentures rest on the rests!

Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-retained dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, are a type of denture that is secured and supported by dental implants. Implant retained dentures offer numerous advantages, including improved speech, enhanced comfort, increased biting force, and reduced bone loss.

Temporary Dentures

Temporary dentures are used during the healing period after dental implants have been placed. These dentures are designed to be temporary and provide functional and aesthetic support while the implants integrate with the jawbone. Once the healing process is complete, a permanent implant-retained denture is typically fabricated.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures are placed immediately after the extraction of remaining teeth and the placement of dental implants. These dentures ensure that patients do not have to be without teeth during the healing period. Immediate dentures are designed in advance and are adjusted as needed during the healing process.

Flexible Partial Dentures

Flexible partial dentures, also known as flexible dentures or flexible removable partial dentures, are a type of partial denture that offers an alternative to traditional acrylic or metal-based partial dentures. These dentures are made from a flexible thermoplastic material, typically nylon or a similar type of material.

When considering dentures, it's important to consult with a dentist who will assess your specific oral health needs, provide guidance on the best type of denture for you, and ensure a proper fit. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and adjustments to keep your dentures in optimal condition.

Why Do I Need Dentures? 

Dentures have several aesthetic and functional advantages, making them an excellent quality-of-life improvement for anyone who has lost their natural teeth. Functionally, dentures can help patients regain the regular use of their teeth, which means an improved ability to eat and speak. Aesthetically, dentures can improve a patient’s appearance by giving them a fuller, younger look, particularly on their cheeks – which tend to sink inwards in the absence of teeth.

What are the Benefits of Dentures? 

  • Replace missing teeth

  • Eat and speak normally again

  • Look and feel younger

  • Enhance your confidence and self-esteem

  • Achieve a seamless appearance that looks like your natural tooth enamel and gums

Are Dentures Easy to Maintain?

Dentures are relatively easy to maintain with proper care and maintenance routines. Here's an overview of denture maintenance, including the use of a denture cleanser soaking solution:

  • Daily Cleaning: It is essential to clean your dentures thoroughly on a daily basis to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Brush your dentures using a soft-bristle toothbrush or a denture brush specifically designed for cleaning dentures. 

  • Denture Cleanser Soaking Solution: Soaking your dentures in a denture cleanser solution can help remove stubborn stains, kill bacteria, and freshen your dentures. Follow the instructions provided with the denture cleanser solution for proper usage. 

  • Overnight Soaking: It is generally recommended to remove your dentures at night and soak them in water or a denture cleanser soaking solution overnight. This allows your gums to rest and promotes oral health. 

  • Handle with Care: When handling your dentures, be careful to avoid dropping them, as they can break or become damaged. It's a good idea to hold them over a folded towel or a sink filled with water to cushion the impact if they are accidentally dropped.

  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Even with dentures, it is crucial to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings. Your dentist can assess the condition of your dentures, make any necessary adjustments, and evaluate your oral health.

Are You Looking for Custom Dentures in Fort Lauderdale?

If you have lost your teeth and implants are not an option, Tarpon River Dental can provide an effective solution to bring back your smile with custom dentures. Call us today to learn more about our teeth replacement alternatives!

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