Dentures are removable false teeth you wear during the day to eat and talk. Our Grand Rapids dentists can help you determine whether you need full or partial dentures based on your oral health. For example, you may only need a partial denture to replace a few upper teeth.
If you think you would feel self-conscious with missing teeth, ask our dentists about getting immediate dentures. Like the name suggests, immediate dentures are given to you immediately after tooth extraction.
Since immediate dentures are made prior to pulling teeth, you’ll need to see our dentist to adjust the fit. Once your bones and gums shrink and heal, your dentist will need to adjust the fit again. Immediate dentures work well in the short term and are sometimes called temporary dentures.
Conventional dentures are made a few months after tooth extraction, once your bones and gums have shrunk and healed. As a result, you can expect your conventional dentures to fit comfortably and need less adjusting over time.
Specialty (or partial) dentures can be made to replace one or more teeth in your mouth. It’s a misconception that you need to have an entire arch of missing teeth in order to be a candidate for dentures.
After any kind of tooth loss, our Grand Rapids dentists may recommend partial dentures as an affordable alternative to dental implants.
Specialty dentures are removable false teeth that help improve your ability to chew, talk, and smile after tooth loss. These partial dentures can be used for any type of tooth replacement, such as molars, incisors, or canines.
During your appointment, our dentist will need to take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. When you return to our office a few weeks later, your dentures will be ready. Our dentist will make sure the color, size, and shape of the partial denture match the rest of your smile. They’ll also check the fit to make sure you can wear it comfortably without issues.
Take care of your denture teeth like you would natural teeth. You’ll need to continue practicing good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily. When your false teeth aren’t in your mouth, you’ll need to submerge them in a glass of water or denture cleanser. Otherwise, your dentures will crack and warp if you let them dry out.
Our dentists provide dentures and other restorative dentistry to help you smile with confidence after tooth loss. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Rapids dentists, call Contemporary Family Dental at (616) 209-3969.