Complete & Partial Dentures
Colorado Springs, CO
Missing teeth do not have to be the end of the world. Believe it or not, there are actually millions of Americans who are missing some or even all of their teeth along their upper or lower jaw. Luckily, fixing this can be not only quick and easy, but also affordable.
At SmileCOS Dentistry, Andrew Miller, DDS and Francisco Darquea, DDS can help you with quality dentures.
We offer both partial and complete dentures to help patients that lost a few teeth or patients that need complete removal of an entire arch. We can help you replace your missing teeth with a quality dental appliance that will help you chew, talk, and smile with ease.
What Type of Dentures do You Need?
The amount of teeth you are missing determines the type of dentures you require.
Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth in a row.
Partial dentures are designed to replace multiple teeth, but only for those patients that still have some of their healthy teeth left.
Typically, partial dentures replace teeth that are missing on both sides of the mouth, making them simpler than other, more invasive methods of replacing lost teeth. The prosthetic teeth are attached to an acrylic or metal base that is shaded pink to match your gums.
We recommend partial dentures to patients that have missing teeth but are not a good candidate for dental implants.
Partial implants help keep your remaining teeth in place, as teeth naturally shift to take over the empty space in your mouth.
Full dentures are very similar to partial dentures, usually constructed from the same materials, but are designed to replace all of the teeth on both the upper and lower jaw.
Not all patients who opt for full dentures are already missing all of their teeth. If your remaining teeth are damaged or diseased enough, we will perform extractions to make room for the dentures.
Traditional full dentures sit atop the gums, forming a tight seal that holds them in place.
A newer type of full dentures actually make use of cutting-edge dental implants to anchor them. These implants are miniature titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone. The dentures are then attached to these posts for far superior stability and reliability as compared to traditional dentures.
Complete dentures replace an entire arch in your mouth. The process takes longer than partial dentures, but they replace all of your missing teeth, allowing you to resume your normal life without the embarrassment of missing teeth.
We must wait until we extract all of your teeth before we can fit you for dentures. Your mouth requires two to three months to heal from the trauma of the extraction. Once the gums heal, we can fit you for complete dentures, having a custom set made in our lab just for you.
What to Expect When Getting Dentures
Most types of dentures require multiple visits.
We always start with a thorough diagnostic - including scans and x-rays - in order to get a complete picture of your oral health.
Once we have worked closely with you to determine that dentures are the best choice for you, we will extract any unhealthy teeth that are in the way and then make impressions of your mouth.
These impressions are used to develop high-quality, custom-fitted dentures.
In the meantime, you will receive a set of temporary dentures so you have the immediate use of all your teeth again.
When your custom dentures are done, we will call you back to our office for final adjustments.
How to Remove and Clean Dentures
You can remove both our partial and complete dentures from your mouth. We suggest that you remove them at night to give your mouth some rest. The pressure of the dentures can cause some discomfort on your gums and jawbones.
Removing the dentures at night also gives you a chance to clean them properly.
Whether you have a partial or a full denture, you need to clean them, removing any debris and bacteria that are on them. If you leave the debris or bacteria, you run the risk of letting an infection spread throughout your mouth.
Our dentists and staff can help you determine the proper denture cleaner and dental brushes to use to preserve the condition of your dentures.
Can You Eat With Dentures?
As with any dental appliance, there is a slight learning curve when you eat with dentures. We often recommend that you start with softer foods and work your way up to harder foods as you get used to chewing with dentures.
We do our best to make sure the dentures feel as realistic as possible, but you still have to get used to the new feeling.
Our dentists are experts in fitting patients with dentures. We understand the urgency involved when you are suddenly missing teeth. We work hard to help your mouth heal as quickly as possible from the tooth extraction so that we can fit you with dentures as quickly as possible.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dentures?
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for dentures, or a different restorative treatment such as crowns, a dental bridge, or dental implants, is by coming into our office for an exam.
In general, though, there are a few things to keep in mind when considering if dentures are right for you. If you still have most of your teeth, and most of them are in good condition, then partial dentures may be the best fit, or even a different treatment option altogether. Full dentures are for patients who have lost all of their teeth or have only unhealthy teeth left.
Schedule Today With Your Colorado Springs, CO Dentists!
If you are in or around Colorado Springs, CO, and you are ready to discuss your options to replace your missing teeth, call SmileCOS Dentistry at (719) 394-3304 today!