If you’re missing permanent teeth, dentures can restore your smile, reduce the risk of oral health problems, and improve your biting and chewing abilities. At Cromer & Cairns Dental, Julie Cromer, DDS, offers partial, complete, and implant-supported dentures. There’s even an in-house dental laboratory, allowing for quick repairs and adjustments. To make an appointment at the practice in Vero Beach, Florida, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Dentures are oral prosthetics that replace your natural teeth. They’re made of materials like metal, acrylic, and nylon and rest on top of your gums.
Dentures restore your smile to its near-original condition and reduce the risk of gum recession. What’s more, they restore structure to your jaw, minimizing the risk of wrinkled or sagging skin.
At Cromer & Cairns Dental, Dr. Cromer offers several types of dentures, including:
Dr. Cromer might recommend partial dentures if you’re only missing some of your teeth. Partial dentures feature several artificial teeth and a metal framework that attaches to metal clasps bonded to your existing teeth.
Dr. Cromer might recommend complete dentures if you’re missing most or all of your teeth. Complete dentures have a horseshoe-shaped base plate, pink plastic gums, and a full row of artificial teeth. To prevent them from moving, apply an adhesive to the bottom.
If complete or partial dentures irritate your gums, Dr. Cromer might recommend implant-supported dentures. These dentures attach to dental implants — titanium posts placed into your jaw during an outpatient procedure.
Implant-supported dentures don’t need to be removed. To keep them clean, brush them and visit Cromer & Cairns Dental for routine teeth cleanings.
Getting dentures at Cromer & Cairns Dental takes two or more appointments.
Before recommending dentures, Dr. Cromer conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. She uses the X-rays to assess the health of your teeth and gums and to determine the type of dentures that will most benefit you.
Next, she takes digital impressions of your mouth and sends them to the in-house laboratory. The laboratory technicians use your impressions to design and manufacture a custom set of dentures.
If you’re getting implant-supported dentures, Dr. Cromer places them during a brief, outpatient procedure.
When the laboratory completes your dentures, you return to Cromer & Cairns Dental to try them on. Dr. Cromer makes adjustments as necessary and provides care instructions.
If you want your dentures to last a lifetime, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Cromer recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting the office at least two times a year for an oral exam and teeth cleaning.
To protect your dentures from damage, wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth and avoid bad habits like opening packaging with your teeth or biting your nails.
To learn more about dentures, make an appointment at Cromer & Cairns Dental by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.