Dentures and Partials in Merrillville IN
Dentures a great tooth replacement option for many patients. Different types of dentures are available to suit a variety of situations, so if you need teeth replaced, dentures may fit your needs. We love helping people improve their oral health and the appearance of their smiles with full and partial dentures.
Dentures are versatile and are available in different types. Below, we discuss the various types and styles of dentures. Our dentist can help you choose the best type for you.
Our dentist can fit traditional dentures once your jaw and gums have healed after any necessary tooth extraction.
Our dentist can fit your immediate dentures prior to extraction. Patients must have more fittings with immediate dentures than with traditional dentures. However, many patients enjoy this option because they can start wearing their dentures almost immediately after the extraction procedure, which is convenient.
Full dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, creating an entirely new set of teeth for you. This is a great choice for many patients who have many, or all, of their teeth missing.
Partial dentures replace some missing teeth, not an entire arch. This is often a perfect replacement option for people who have some natural teeth remaining that we’d like to keep strong and healthy.
How Do Partial Dentures Work?
Partials function similarly to a bridge but are removable. They are generally attached to a plastic or metal frame and are customized to fit precisely into the gap between your remaining teeth. Partial dentures provide many patients with an economical and non-invasive tooth replacement option.
Adjusting to Your New Dentures
When you’re fitted for your new dentures, we recommend wearing them as much as possible so you can adjust to them quickly. It also helps us ascertain how comfortable you are with them so we can make any necessary adjustments.
Caring for your dentures is relatively easy. You should care for them as you would your natural teeth. Before removing your dentures, always clean them well to remove any food particles then place them in a denture cleaning solution or a cup of warm water. Do not use hot water as it can damage your dentures.
If your dentures feel bulky at first, don’t worry. It takes a little time to become accustomed to wearing any new appliance. In time, your dentures should feel so comfortable you don’t even know you’re wearing them.
Can You Eat with Dentures?
Yes, you can eat with dentures. In fact, the ability to chew more effectively when eating your favorite foods is a major benefit of dentures. Once you have fully adjusted to your new dentures, you should have the ability to eat comfortably while wearing them. However, certain foods are best avoided when wearing dentures, such as nuts, chewy or hard candy, and popcorn. Chewy and hard foods like the ones mentioned can damage your dentures or become stuck in your dentures.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Dentures can last some patients close to a decade when properly cared for and maintained, making them a good long-term solution for tooth replacement. However, it is best to have your dentist check your dentures regularly to see if they need replacement or adjustment. Your oral health situation can change relatively quickly, so keeping your regular appointments with your dentist is important.
Dentures in Merrillville, IN
Please contact our Merrillville dental office for more information on dentures so we can help you decide if they’re the right tooth-replacement choice for you. You can also reach out to schedule a denture consultation with Dr. Christopher T. Lukasik. Our friendly team at Southlake Dental would love to help you complete your smile with new, beautiful dentures.