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Dentures

Dentures (false teeth) and partials are removable dental prosthetic devices that take the place of missing teeth.  Dentures have been around a long time.  Wooden dentures were utilized until around the mid 19th century.  Porcelain dentures have been since around 1770.  Everyone has heard the tales of George Washington's dentures, which were thought to be made out of wood, but were really made out of hippopotamus ivory.  Denture teeth today are made out of acrylic (a plastic formulation) or porcelain.Lafayette Dental Arts will recommend the dentures that will best suit your wants and needs, based on our years of experience.

Lafayette Dental Arts only utilizes high quality materials to construct custom dentures.The dentures/partials are natural -looking and stain resistant. Your satisfaction is our goal!

 

Reasons for Dentures

 

  • Dentures help improve the ability to chew and digest food
  • Improve ability to pronounce words
  • Provides natural facial structure (cheeks sink in when you are missing teeth)
  • Enhance smile/self esteem

 

Process

 

Dentures require multiple office visits to complete.  There are two methods of placing dentures, conventional and immediate.  Conventional is when all teeth are removed, then the gums are allowed to heal before the dentures are created. With immediate dentures, the dentures are created prior to removal of the teeth and the denture is placed immediately after the extraction(s). Each method has its pros and cons.    The doctor will help you decide which method is best depending on the patient's oral health.

 

The process begins with a consult with the doctor.  During this session an oral exam is performed, discussing your desires and expectations.  If natural teeth will remain then the patient may want to consider whitening natural teeth prior to having the denture or partial fabricated.

Conventional Method

The teeth are removed and the gums given time to heal, usually 6-10 weeks.  Once the gum has healed, a series of impressions are made of the top and bottom plates.  The patient's mouth and bite are measured.  The impressions are used to create a mold that will be utilized to create the custom denture/partial. Next, templates will be used to determine where to set the teeth, and the teeth themselves will be selected. Within two weeks you will then visit the office for a “ try-in”.  A wax rim will hold the teeth so that you and the dentist can assess the fit and cosmetics of the appliance – changes can be made and evaluated at this step.  Once satisfied, the dentist will have our lab process your denture. This normally takes about one week.  Once the denture/partial is placed, the patient's bite is measured and adjustments are made to the denture to ensure a proper fit.  The adjustment period may take several visits to achieve a comfortable fit.

 

Immediate Method

After the exam, a series of impressions are made, the mouth, jaw bone, and bite are measured.  The impressions and measurement are utilized to create a mold for the denture/partial.  Once the denture/partial is complete, the patient returns to the office to have the teeth removed and the custom denture/partial placed.  The dentist will check the patient's bite and adjustments are made to the denture to ensure a proper fit.  The adjustment period may take several visits to achieve a comfortable fit. Once healing is totally complete, expect to have your denture relined or remade to guarantee an optimal fit.

 

Lower Dentures

When a patient required lower dentures, Lafayette Dental Arts recommends having 2-4 dental implants to create a superior product.  Implants with lower dentures are suggested because:

  • Difficult to get adequate suction with lower dentures
  • Provides more stability of the denture (moves less, causes less friction, which could cause sore spots)
  • Provides more confidence that the denture will not slip

 

The only alternatives to dentures/partials are dental implants with either fixed or removable components.  Dentures and partials last for years with good oral hygiene practices and regular exams and cleanings.After the dentures are placed, the patient is given a complete care guide for dentures/partials.

 

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