Helping You Regain Your Smile
With well-fitting dentures or partials, the prosthetics comfortably fit in your mouth and provide enough strength to eat tough foods like apples—just like natural teeth! Dr. Kelly Blair can help you obtain a new bite with the help of dentures and partial dentures today.
Dentures from Dr. Blair are an investment that is well worth it, especially when you consider that your bite is a necessary part of your life! With quality dentures or partials, you'll feel secure and confident in addition to benefiting from regaining your normal diet.
What are dentures?
Dentures have been around for centuries and essentially serve the same purpose today—simply stated, dentures are replacements for missing teeth. But over the years, advancements in technology and materials have made dentures a popular restoration option even nowadays. In dentures, the prosthetic teeth are mounted on a plastic base that is colored to look like gums, creating a more aesthetic look and a firm foundation for your teeth.
What are my options for dentures?
The type of denture that you choose depends on your needs and your oral health. Most dentures are removeable, secured using suction or a metal clasp.
A partial denture is used when multiple teeth are missing that can’t be restored with a fixed dental bridge. Partials enable you to keep your remaining natural teeth.
A full denture is used when all the teeth are missing in the arch on the upper and/or lower jaw.
This type of denture is a combination of partial or full dentures and dental implants. Implant-retained dentures provide added security for your bite and improve your oral health by stimulating bone growth in the jaw.
What are the benefits of dentures?
If you’re missing multiple teeth, you’re likely already aware that those gaps make a big difference in more than just the way you look. Losing teeth can affect your overall health and create problems for any remaining teeth. Dentures provide a way to keep yourself and your mouth healthy in the long term.
Dentures provide many benefits, including the following:
- Regaining full function of your teeth in biting and chewing.
- Restoring the ability to speak normally.
- Keeping any remaining teeth in place and healthy longer.
How much will dentures cost?
Everyone’s mouth is unique, so we customize treatment to meet their individual needs. As a result, the associated costs with their treatment also vary case by case. Our team of compassionate, experienced professionals are happy to help you make getting your dentures affordable. At our Fort Worth practice, we accept many dental insurances and offer several payment options, including interest-free financing, making getting your dentures fit into any budget.
Whether you need new dentures or you’re interested in learning more about implant-retained dentures, we can help you regain your smile and confidence. We look forward to being able to serve you and make you smile. Contact us for an appointment today!
Do you have questions about what life will be like with dentures in Fort Worth? Our team strives to never leave patients in the dark, which is why we’re more than happy to address any concerns that you have. We’ve also answered some common questions we get from patients below, for your convenience.
How much denture adhesive should I use?
If you’re using a cream denture adhesive, a good rule of thumb to remember is that you can always add more, but it’s more difficult to remove. Here are some basic instructions on how to use your adhesive effectively without making a mess:
- Clean and dry your dentures completely.
- Apply the adhesive in strips on the part of your dentures that will secure to your gums.
- Insert your dentures in your mouth and briefly hold them in place.
Remember not to use your adhesive more than once each day and that if you experience signs that your restorations are poorly fitted, be sure to have them examined by a specialist. Without the proper adjustments, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms and side-effects that could affect your gum health.
When should I replace my dentures?
The average lifespan of traditional dentures is between five and 10 years with the proper maintenance. If you notice that they begin to slip and shift after wearing them for some time, then that’s a sign that you should visit our office. Some other signs that your dentures need to be replaced include:
- Sores on the gums
- Visible wear and tear
- Broken denture base
- Chronic pain or discomfort
- Strange odor
- Difficulty eating or speaking
How do I clean my dentures?
Cleaning your dentures is a vital part of maintaining your oral health and extending the lifespan of your restorations. Before you leave our office, we’ll provide you with some tips and tricks to get you started, including:
- Rinse your dentures before you put them in your mouth.
- Clean your dentures with a non-abrasive denture cleaner and denture brush.
- Soak your dentures every night to help them maintain their shape.
If you need any additional tips or advice, don’t hesitate to contact our team.
Can I sleep with my dentures in?
Unfortunately, it’s not recommended that you sleep with your dentures in. Not only does this not give your gums a break from supporting them all day, but it can also cause them to dry out and change shape. You should never go a full 24-hours without removing your restorations and cleaning or soaking them. If you do, it could cause sores to develop in your mouth.