Full and Partial Dentures to Restore Missing Teeth
At Cromer and Cairns Dental, we offer both full and partial dentures to our Vero Beach, FL patients. Unlike dental bridges or dental implants, dentures are removable replacement teeth. Our dentists, Dr. Julie Cromer and Dr. John Cairns, use the most modern materials and methods to create our patients’ permanent dentures, so they can always be assured of a comfortable fit and the most realistic appearance. If you have lost more than one of your natural teeth, cosmetic dentures can make the difference in a successful restoration. They improve your dental health and visual features. In addition, they can also prevent the weakening of facial muscles, maintaining a vibrant appearance on your face. If you would like to explore your cosmetic dentures options, we encourage you to set up a consultation.
What Is the Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures?
Removable partial dentures are applicable when only a few teeth are missing. They are similar to a dental bridge, except they are not permanent. Full dentures are convenient when all teeth are removed. During this procedure, the gum tissue will require a period of healing. You will be without teeth for a time during this process. Immediate full dentures involve a quick replacement of your teeth. Our Vero Beach dentist will take measurements of your teeth. After they have been removed, the dentures are placed into your mouth. You can avoid a healing period where you will be toothless when you opt for immediate full dentures. However, you may need to schedule follow-up visits to adjust your dentures. Because your jawbone will vary in shape as it heals, the dentures won’t be tightened until the recovery process is complete, which will vary from patient to patient.
When Would I Need Implant-Supported Dentures Instead?
While dentures usually rest directly on your gums, some patients may need dental implants to support their dentures. Implant-supported dentures, or implant-retained dentures, are recommended when a person doesn’t have any teeth remaining in their jaw. However, they do need to have enough jawbone left to support the implants for this type of procedure to be successful. Implant-supported dentures are suitable in either the upper or lower jaw, though they are more commonly used in the lower jaw. There are two main kinds of implant-supported dentures we offer in our Vero Beach, FL office: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Bar-retained dentures use a metal bar to attach 2-5 implants to your jawbone and dentures. Ball-retained dentures use ball-shaped (“male”) stud attachments that fit inside sockets (“female” attachments) to hold your implants and dentures in place.
What Is the Adjustment Process Like for Dentures?
Your dentures will require time before they adjust to your mouth. They may feel loose at first, which can affect how you eat and talk. Eventually, the dentures adapt to your natural jaw functions and feel more like your natural teeth. As with any significant lifestyle change, adjusting to dentures is all about patience. You may need to eat softer foods that are gentler on your teeth and gums during the beginning of the adjustment period. We also suggest cutting your food into smaller pieces and avoiding hard or sticky foods if you can at first. You may even notice an increase in saliva production or sore spots inside your mouth. This is a standard part of the dentures adjustment process and should subside as you heal. We may recommend a denture adhesive to help your dentures fit and feel more secure. If you continue to notice denture discomfort after the first month, we suggest contacting our Vero Beach dentist for an assessment. They may need an adjustment.
How Do You Care for Permanent Dentures?
It is essential to maintain your dentures through consistent dental hygiene practices. You should brush them daily and after meals to remove plaque and food particles. After removing them at bedtime, you should place them in room-temperature water or denture solution fluids, so they do not dry out and lose their shape overnight. There are specialized denture brushes and cleaners available on the market that are less abrasive. With the right amount of diligent care, you may not need a dentures replacement for another 5-10 years. Our goal at Cromer and Cairns Dental is to provide you with the educational resources and information necessary to ensure a happy, healthy life with dentures.
Call Our Vero Beach Dentist to Discuss Affordable Dentures
Cromer and Cairns Dental provides many dental services to accommodate our patients’ needs. If you would like to discuss affordable dentures in Vero Beach, please contact us today at (772) 672-3858 to discuss your available options. We also encourage you to check our promotions and financing options!