Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures in Hales Corners, WI
Dentures are an affordable, effective way to replace missing teeth. Today’s dentures are designed and crafted to resemble natural teeth and are difficult to distinguish from the real thing. Most dentures are made from either acrylic or metal, with teeth made of plastic or porcelain.
Several options are available depending on how many teeth are missing, the condition of your jawbone, and your preference. Common styles include full arch dentures, implant retained dentures, and partial dentures. You can find additional information on our pages for the individual types of dentures. The answers to some common denture questions are below.
How are dentures made and fitted?
Dentures are made in a dental lab following the specifications provided by our doctors. These specifications are based on a thorough examination, impressions of your mouth, and x-rays or 3D images taken in our office. At an appointment to fit your dentures, they are adjusted for a more precise fit using soft liners. You will need to return for additional fittings following your denture placement over several weeks as your gums heal from extractions or implant surgery.
What materials are dentures made of?
Dentures are made of a high-quality plastic resin for the portion covering your gums and soft tissue. The teeth may be made of the same plastic or porcelain.
What do dentures feel like?
The first time you wear dentures, they will feel a bit bulky and unnatural, but this is normal until you adjust to them. During the first few weeks, saliva production will increase, but this stabilizes as your body adjusts to the feeling of the appliance. Some patients initially have difficulty saying certain words, but practice and time alleviate this issue. Proper fitting makes your dentures feel natural, and you will soon forget you are wearing them.
What types of dentures are available?
- Traditional Dentures are designed and fitted after all the upper or lower teeth are extracted and the area has healed. The fit is fine-tuned by creating the dentures after complete healing. This can take several weeks.
- Immediate Dentures are designed before your teeth are extracted and are ready to use immediately after extraction. This allows you to walk out of the office with a complete set of teeth on the day of extraction. Several additional fittings or even a new denture may be needed as your gums and jawbone heal.
- Implant-Retained Dentures fit over permanent posts, or implants, surgically embedded on the jawbone. Many implant-retained dentures are fixed and not removable. Sometimes, the denture snaps onto a bar and can be removed for easy cleaning.
- Partial Dentures replace one or more missing teeth when some teeth remain. Adjacent natural teeth support the denture.
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How do I clean my dentures?
Removable dentures should be taken out and rinsed after eating to remove debris. Brush them at least once a day, particularly at night, using a soft brush and cleaning paste explicitly designed for dentures. Soak them overnight in cold water or a denture solution to prevent drying. Rinse them thoroughly before returning them to your mouth.
Permanent, implant-retained dentures are cleaned the same way you clean your natural teeth. Floss once and brush twice daily. Pay extra attention to the denture’s base where it meets the gum line.
When should I consider getting dentures?
Any time you have more than a few missing teeth, you should consider a partial denture or complete dentures. When multiple teeth are missing, the bite force of chewing is distributed over the remaining teeth. The excess pressure and uneven wear can lead to additional tooth loss and other problems. When teeth are missing, the jawbone deteriorates, resorbing and altering the shape of the face for a prematurely aged appearance. You can eat, speak, and smile with renewed confidence with dentures.
What is better for me, implants or dentures?
This is a decision you must make with your dentist. Multiple factors will determine which is best for you, including your overall health, the condition of your jawbone, how many teeth are missing, and your lifestyle. A consultation with Dr. Satula or Dr. Ebert will help you choose the best solution for your missing teeth.
What are implant dentures?
Implant dentures are attached to titanium posts or screws embedded in the jawbone. They are permanent and cannot be removed except by a dental professional. Implant surgery is invasive; recovery time is needed between placing the implants and attaching the dentures. Some patients prefer implant dentures because they are convenient and do not always require removing at night.
How long after tooth extractions can I get dentures fitted?
Traditional dentures are fitted after the gums heal, which may take several weeks. Immediate dentures are designed and crafted before your teeth are extracted and can be worn home the same day. During the first several weeks, you will return to our office periodically so we can adjust the fit as your mouth heals.
Can I get my teeth pulled and dentures placed on the same day?
Yes, immediate dentures are an option. Keep in mind that the fit is not as precise as with traditional dentures. Adjustments, including soft liners, will help ensure a comfortable fit.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures varies depending on the materials used and the type of denture. Satula Family Dental works with each patient to provide affordable, durable, and comfortable dentures. You will get an accurate estimate at your consultation. Many types of dentures are covered fully or partially by dental insurance.
Dentures restore a healthy smile and improve your enjoyment of life. To learn more about your denture options, schedule an appointment for a consultation by calling our office at Satula Family Dental Phone Number (414) 425-1510.