Losing one, multiple, or all of your teeth can feel devastating. Essential functions such as eating can suddenly become complicated – and this is only one of many problems you may face. Fortunately, Eagle Rock Dental Care has a simple and efficient solution: custom-made dentures.
Welcome to Eagle Rock Dental Care, the leading Idaho Falls dentures specialist. Here is a comprehensive overview of our denture solutions and how we can help you regain a complete set of teeth.
A denture is a synthetic replicas of your natural teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. They comprise two parts: a replica tooth and gum line base.
The replica teeth are made of various materials, including plastic, porcelain, and hard resin. The replica gum line bases are flesh-colored and made of soft plastic, and they are shaped and designed to fit snugly on the natural gum line.
Dentures fall into four categories depending on their design: full, partial, fixed, and removable. We offer all types of custom-made dentures here at Eagle Rock Dental Care.
Complete vs. Partial Dentures
Complete dentures comprise a full set of replacement teeth. They are designed for people who have lost a full arch of teeth on one or both jaws. The flesh-colored gum line base fits snugly on the natural gum line and is held in place through suction or using an oral adhesive.
Partial dentures comprise a sub-set of one or several replacement teeth. They are designed for people who still retain some healthy, natural teeth. The base of partial denture is also designed to sit on the natural gum line over the section of missing teeth. Partial dentures also feature clasps that fit around the healthy teeth on either end to hold them in place.
Dental implants are metal rods that are fused into the jawbone in the place of missing natural teeth’s roots. They function as anchors for dentures.
It held in place through suction slip and fall off occasionally, which can be embarrassing and inconvenient for seemingly simple tasks such as speaking or eating. In contrast, it anchored on implants do not slip or move. The stability offered by implants is reassuring, and you don’t have to make constant adjustments when eating or speaking.
It is also worth noting that the jawbone and surrounding tissues deteriorate over time after tooth loss. While dentures help replace the lost teeth, they have no impact on the jawbone’s health. Fortunately, dental implants prevent deterioration and help keep the jawbone and surrounding tissue healthy.
Fixed vs. Removable Dentures
Traditional dentures supported through suction are designed to be removable, ideally before going to bed. However, you can opt for fixed dentures anchored to implants and held in place using a special dental adhesive. It is also worth noting that implants also work with removable dentures and offer just as much stability as they do with fixed ones, albeit they require more care and maintenance.
Getting Your Dentures – What to Expect
Getting a denture is an easy process, albeit it may take some time. We endeavor to give our patients top-quality dentures, and we do this by developing perfect (or near-perfect) replicas of their lost teeth.
We will need an impression of your teeth and gums to make your denture. Our specialists will get this impression by applying a waxy substance to your teeth during one of the initial appointments. The specialists will also take detailed pictures of your teeth and facial structures. We recommend doing this before removing the problematic teeth, but we can also do it if the teeth are already missing.
We will then send these impressions to a lab for development. The lab will make the denture look exactly like your natural teeth and gums. The process takes into account important factors such as your facial structure, skin tone, and the color of your teeth and gums.
It takes between three and six months for the gums to heal after getting your teeth removed. We have to wait until the wound heals before installing the denture. In the meantime, we can cover the gaps in your teeth using immediate, temporary dentures.
Denture Maintenance Tips
A denture is an excellent solution for missing teeth, but they are fragile and require close care and maintenance. Our dentists will prescribe care and maintenance tips and routines after fitting you with your custom-made dentures, and you are always welcome to consult us with any queries.
Generally, it is recommendable to remove removable dentures before going to sleep and soak them overnight in a cleaning solution. Fixed dentures should also be cleaned regularly by flossing and brushing, but take care not to damage the gum line. It is also advisable to shield your dentures from severe physical impacts as they can chip or break easily.
Let Us Help
Losing one or multiple teeth can cause many complications in your life. Fortunately, we are here to prevent that from happening. Eagle Rock Dental Care are the go-to dentists for partial and full dentures. We offer our patients custom-made dentures that look and feel natural, and you can choose from fixed and removable designs. We can also fit you with dental implants to support your denture and prevent bone deterioration. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help.