Are you missing multiple teeth? Do you have full arches of lost teeth? If you’ve recently lost some of your natural teeth, you may be considering dentures as a replacement option. Dr. Michael Courter provides our patients with traditional dentures and modern dentures in his Midland, TX dental office.
Dentures are traditionally removable, but removable dentures often do not fully support the bite and can slide around in the mouth. In addition to this, the adhesive used to keep removable dentures in place can be messy and not fully effective.
Dr. Courter can provide patients with either partial dentures, full dentures, or implant-supported dentures. Partial dentures restore several consecutive teeth, while full dentures replace arches of missing teeth. Implant-supported dentures provide all the benefits of full dentures, but with the added benefit of permanence using dental implants.
Choosing modern dentures helps our patients with missing teeth improve the aesthetics and health of their smiles. Continue reading to learn more about this restorative dentistry option that we provide.
Receiving Dentures in Midland, TX
Dr. Courter always ensures that our denture patients are in good health before he provides denture services to them. Checking for signs of infection or dysfunction prior to treatment also helps create a long-lasting and healthy restoration. First, Dr. Courter will conduct a thorough exam to decide f you are a suitable candidate for dentures. Here, he will evaluate your gums, the health of your jawbone, and existing teeth if you have any.
Next, Dr. Courter takes digital impressions of your gums and any natural remaining teeth to make sure the dentures fit properly. Depending on the type of denture our patient needs, our dentist may need to remove pre-existing teeth or modify existing teeth for optimal fit.
Then, he will send the impressions to our local dental lab. There the trained technician will build the denture prosthetic according to our specifications. They will then send the new dentures to us once they are ready. At your final appointment, Dr. Courter will fit the dentures to your mouth and make any modifications necessary for a comfortable fit before you leave.
We will also provide instructions on how to care for your new dentures and schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your mouth and condition of the dentures.
Traditional dentures are removable replacements for your entire upper or lower arch of teeth. They consist of a combination of acrylic and metal, and fit comfortably on your gums. Traditional dentures are typically the least expensive option for tooth replacement, but they can sometimes feel awkward and require some adjustment period.
With the developments in dental technology, they’re more effective and look and feel more natural in your mouth. But traditional dentures still carry extra maintenance. You have to take them out at night to give your gums time to rest, or they can irritate your gums. Especially if you use adhesive, you must thoroughly clean them every night.
Your jawbone continues to deteriorate when you have traditional dentures because they don’t replace the tooth root. While they’re the cheapest solution upfront, it’s likely that you’ll need to replace or adjust your dentures more than once throughout your lifetime. The costs of this and adhesives add up as the years go by.
A partial denture is a prosthetic that replaces one or more missing teeth. Partial dentures consist of a metal or plastic framework, with teeth that our dentist carefully matches with your existing teeth. They’re better for people who are missing several teeth, but still have natural teeth left in their mouth. A piece of metal or flexible plastic that fits around the existing teeth holds the partial denture in place.
Implant-supported dentures are false teeth that remain permanently in-place using dental implants. These implants are a titanium alloy that the dentist places directly into the jawbone. We specially-craft the dentures so that they fit snugly around the implants and to match the appearance of natural teeth. Once the dentist successfully places the implants, the new dentures will fit over them and never slip or move. They will stay in place with minimal maintenance for a very long time.
Dr. Courter may recommend dental implants to patients receiving dentures. This is because implant-supported dentures are an excellent option to permanently replace your teeth. Patients are able to eat the foods that they love and speak clearly without worrying about them falling out.
If you would like to learn more about dentures, read the following answers to questions that our patients have about this common dental prosthetic.
Which denture option is right for me?
The best option for you depends on your individual situation. If you’re missing all of your teeth on one arch, traditional dentures are likely the best choice. If you’re missing several teeth, but still have some remaining, a partial denture may be a better option. Our dentist will help you determine which type of denture is best for your unique needs.
How long do dentures last?
Traditional removable dentures typically last 7 to 10 years before you will need to replace them. Implant-supported dentures are permanent restorations, which means that they will be with you for many years more than their traditional counterpart. The material the dentures consist of, as well as the level of care they receive, will impact their lifespan.
Can I receive implants if I already have removable dentures?
Yes, it is possible to receive dental implants even if you already have dentures. However, in most cases you will need to reline your existing dentures or replace them with new ones to fit the new implants.
If you currently use removable dentures but want dental implants, we can help! Our dentist can assess your situation and determine the best course of treatment for you. Our team will be happy to help create a treatment plan for you to receive implant-supported dentures.
How do I clean my dentures?
Cleaning your dentures is an important part of your daily oral hygiene routine. It is important to maintain cleanliness to reduce the risk of plaque build-up, gum infections, and discoloration. Here are some steps to help you clean your dentures:
- Fill a clean sink or bowl with warm (not hot) water. Place your dentures into the water and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. This will help loosen any accumulated food, dirt, or plaque on the dentures.
- Using a soft bristle brush and a mild, non-abrasive cleanser (like denture cleaner or mild dish soap), thoroughly clean your dentures on both the inside and outside surfaces. Take particular care when cleaning around clasps, brackets, or other parts. Using an interdental brush to floss between dental crowns can also be beneficial to clean hard-to-reach spaces.
- Rinse the dentures thoroughly with warm water to make sure that you remove all of the cleanser.
- To ensure a complete cleaning, you can also soak your dentures overnight in a solution consisting of one part white vinegar and two parts of warm (not hot) water. This helps to remove deeper stains, disinfect the dentures, and reduce odors.
- After soaking overnight, rinse your dentures again before putting them back in your mouth.
Following these simple steps once a day will help keep your dentures clean and comfortable. If you wear implant-secured dentures, you should brush and floss them just like natural teeth.
Request a Denture Appointment
Get a confident smile with dentures at Michael C. Courter, D.D.S. Our dental office serves patients in Midland County, and the Permian Basin. Call Dr. Courter today for treatment at 432-287-9531 or schedule a dental consultation with him online. We look forward to seeing you at your next dental visit.