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If you’re ready to restore your smile to the picture of health and beauty, then Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry is your first choice for dentures! Complete dentures are a customized solution for patients who are missing multiple teeth, offering a solution that resembles natural-looking teeth. We often see that confidence has dwindled in patients who meet the needs of dentures. A removable denture will not only give you a beautiful smile, but it can also allow you to speak more clearly, eat your favorite foods, and so much more.
Without all of your teeth, your muscles can sag, but getting full dentures can help support the muscles in your face, effectively restoring the natural structure and supports of your face. Dentures can also restore the ability to eat and chew food properly, letting you eat more of the foods that you enjoy. See a dentist in Gainesville, FL, with Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry, and get started on your journey towards a beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule a dentures appointment and to learn more about our general dentistry services.
Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry simplifies the denture process by providing our patients with the best experience possible for getting their complete denture, partial denture, or overdenture, from start to finish. Using the latest innovations in denture technology, our dentists and denture specialists precision-craft a natural-looking, comfortable complete denture with the help of our state-of-the-art dental lab.
Our teams work closely together in order to provide our patients with quick results and fewer office visits for an enjoyable overall treatment process, from initial impressions to the final fitting and adjustment of your new full denture. For more information about the denture process or to schedule your appointment for full dentures, please contact Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry.
To start the process of creating a full set of dentures, your dentist will make a model of your mouth. The impression process may involve the use of pre-sized mouth trays or, if applicable, your exisiting dentures, in order to create a custom-fitted impression tray.
After taking impressions of your mouth, your dentist will start the bite-registration process. During this stage, your dentist will ask you to bite into a wax block and take measurements of your mouth in order to ensure the new teeth are placed correctly within the denture. This facilitates a natural fit that mimics your jaw function with natural teeth.
Before you get your final dentures, you will receive a preview of your new teeth set in a mold. Your dentist will place the mock-up denture in your mouth, ensuring the proper function of the denture. Together, you and the dentist will fine-tune the size, shape, and position of the teeth for a fit that looks and feels natural.
Depending on your treatment plan, you may require teeth extraction before getting your new complete denture. If extractions are required, your full denture will be placed in your mouth the same day that any remaining natural teeth are removed. Your dentist will work with you to make any necessary adjustments before you leave our office.
After the denture is inserted, it may require adjustments in order to feel and appear in a similar way to your natural teeth. As your tissue and jaw bone heal and develop in order to accommodate your new denture, your dentist will adjust your denture, as required. Once your gums and tissues are fully healed, your dentist will realign your denture for a perfect fit.
Once placed, your dentures may require repair and reline. Even the most durable, well-cared-for dentures need occasional adjustments. Over time and with use, your dentures can wear out, crack, or your gums can change shape, resulting in poorly fitting dentures. When dentures don’t fit properly, your gums can develop infections, lesions, and other oral problems. Should you require denture repair, denture reline, or denture replacement, Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry can help ensure you receive the denture care you need.
A denture reline is a process by which the sides of the dentures that touch your soft tissue are resurfaced. A reline can help ensure the denture fits securely and feels comfortable while you eat, speak, and more. During a denture rebase, the pink-colored “gums” of the denture are rebuilt to more securely fit the denture teeth in their proper place. When you first get your denture, you may require some time to adjust to them. If you feel sore spots or issues with your denture’s fit, we can reshape any part of the denture that causes you discomfort or friction, for a perfectly fitting denture that meets your needs.
When cared for properly and made from high-quality materials, a full denture can provide patients with their most complete smile solution. In some cases, however, your denture may require replacement. As durable and hearty dentures can be, daily use can take a toll on them. If your dentures are cracked or they feature significant discoloration, then it may indicate you need a denture replacement. Small chips or knicks in your dentures can irritate your tongue and cheeks, likely requiring replacement. Other situations which may indicate the need for a complete denture replacement may include dentures that are painful to wear, a change to your smile, and any difficulty you may experience with speaking, eating, or drinking. Do you need a denture replacement? Contact our dental office for more information!
With proper denture care, your dentures can last for many years. In addition to keeping your dentures well-maintained to ensure the longevity of their appearance, but having clean dentures can also minimize your risk of developing oral problems and fungal infections in your mouth. When caring for your dentures, it’s important to use only the denture care products your dentist recommends, in order to ensure proper cleaning and storage of your dentures.
When cleaning your dentures, use a cleanser that is recommended by your Gainesville dentist. Do not use regular toothpaste and mouthwash to clean or sanitize your dentures, as the ingredients in these products are much too abrasive for dentures.
After every meal, make sure to thoroughly rinse your dentures in warm water in order to dislodge any food particles that may be stuck in them. You should also rinse off your dentures after drinking anything other than water.
It is important to clean your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth daily before you put your dentures in. This helps prevent the buildup of plaque. You should also clean your mouth thoroughly after removing your dentures.
It is important that you treat your dentures just as you would your teeth, by brushing them every day in order to prevent bacteria growth. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush in order to prevent scratching the surface of your dentures.
When you are not using your dentures, keep them in a dentist-approved denture soaking solution. Dentures that are moist are less likely to crack or break than those that are dry. If they do crack, make sure to schedule an appointment to get new dentures in Gainesville, FL, as ill-fitting dentures can irritate your gums and lead to an oral infection.
Learning to wear your new dentures can take time. They may temporarily increase salivary flow or change the way you speak. These changes will go away as you become accustomed to your dentures. Over time, the height of the bone in the upper and lower jawbones decreases and the tissue changes. This can cause the dentures to become loose and ill-fitting. If you have any of these concerns, it may be possible to reline the inside of the denture with more material giving you a tighter fit.
Dental implants can greatly increase the functionality of dentures, especially lower dentures which can have very little retention. Placing implants into the bone can allow us to build a denture that snaps on and provides a huge difference in stability. An overdenture can be fabricated to snap on to two or more implants. The more implants placed, the more stability of the denture and options to restore your beautiful smile.
Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry provides compassionate, high-quality dental care that will help you get the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Call us today to schedule an appointment!