What Are Custom Dentures?
Custom dentures may be a good choice to enhance your quality of life if you need to replace most or all of your teeth. As a common solution to tooth loss, dentures have vastly improved in recent years to offer greater comfort, security, and aesthetics. Our expert dental team is pleased to offer custom full, partial, removable, and fixed (implant-supported) dentures to meet the varying needs of Lancaster, PA patients. Full dentures can replace your entire upper arch, lower arch, or both while partial dentures use your remaining teeth as support. At LANCO Dental Care, we can help you decide whether partial or full dentures fit your needs and then have your dentures custom-made to look beautiful and natural. Schedule a consultation with our established family practice to learn more about modern denture solutions for tooth replacement.
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What Are The Benefits Of Dentures?
Many of our patients find there are several benefits to partial and full dentures. Our team of dentists will customize your dentures to meet your dental needs, whether your need upper dentures, lower dentures, or both. The primary benefit of dentures is restoring oral function. Some of the other benefits dentures have include:
- Natural-looking dentures for a seamless smile
- Easily removed for cleaning
- Preserve the shape of your face
- Can be more cost-effective than dental bridges or crowns, depending on your needs
Who Is an Ideal Candidate For Dentures?
Tooth loss can impair your ability to speak, eat, and function with ease and confidence. Dentures offer a convenient solution to meet these needs and enhance your quality of living. You may be an ideal candidate for custom dentures if you have lost most or all of your teeth or require tooth extractions but still maintain a strong jawbone. If you have natural teeth, they may either be extracted for a full denture or you can keep them as support for a partial denture. In some cases, we may partner with a dental specialist who can surgically place dental implants in the jaw to be used to support a fixed denture appliance. In your initial consultation with our clinical team, we will examine your mouth and explain your denture options to help you meet your tooth replacement goals and treatment needs.
What Is the Treatment Process?
We offer a variety of denture options, including removable full and partial dentures, immediate and conventional removable dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Immediate dentures are created ahead of any necessary tooth extractions and can be worn right after teeth are removed. Conventional dentures are placed once the mouth fully heals, which is usually about 8 – 12 weeks later. To create custom dentures, we take impressions of the mouth and send these molds to a professional dental lab. Dentures are made to match both your tooth replacement needs and cosmetic goals. With the advanced materials in use today, dentures can be made to replicate natural tooth and gum color for an attractive result. Modern dentures may be made of lightweight resin materials and/or metal framework that provide the security and comfort needed for tooth replacement. Dentures may also be specially made to attach securely to a set of implants that have been surgically placed in the jaw by a trusted specialist. As soon as your full or partial dentures are finished, we will have you return to our office to have them fitted. Your dentures will be adjusted as needed for security and comfort.
How Do I Care For My Tooth Replacements?
Our team will provide you with instructions on how to care for your dentures. While partial dentures are usually held in place by clasping discreetly around existing teeth, full removable dentures may require a small amount of denture adhesive for retention. It may require some time before your new dentures feel comfortable; however, it should be easier to eat and speak normally as you become accustomed to your tooth replacements. If the dentures feel loose, please let us know so we can adjust them for you as soon as possible. At home, you can care for your dentures by brushing them after every meal. When you remove your dentures, they should be soaked to keep them from drying out or changing shape. We recommend that you maintain routine dental visits with our Lancaster, PA team, even if you wear full dentures. During your visits, we will evaluate your gum tissues, bone structure, and the fit of your dentures and clean them with a special solution. With good care, your dentures can last for several years.
Can I wear dentures at night?
We do not suggest our patients wear their dentures overnight. While it is technically okay, your bone and gums need the opportunity to relax, which they can only do when the dentures are not in your mouth, putting pressure on these areas. We advise that you clean your dentures and night and store them in water while you sleep.
Does having dentures hurt?
While dentures can be a little uncomfortable after you just get them, they should not cause any irritation. If your dentures cause irritation, contact our Lancaster, PA office, as we might need to make some adjustments.
Are there any foods I can't eat with dentures?
It will take some time to get used to eating with your new dentures; however, there are no food restrictions. Hard and sticky foods may prove more challenging when you first get your dentures, but in time you should be fine. We do suggest that you do not chew gum with your dentures in as the gum can stick to the dentures and cause discoloration or break the denture seal, leading to loose teeth.
Explore Modern Denture Options
Regain your ability to confidently speak and eat by replacing missing teeth with natural-looking dentures from LANCO Dental Care. We are proud to offer custom-made removable and fixed full and partial dentures for patients who have missing teeth in Lancaster, PA. Explore modern denture solutions for restoring your oral health by scheduling a tooth replacement consultation with our highly qualified team.