Dentures & Partials in Harrisonburg
Get Your Complete Smile Back
Multiple missing teeth can be a true burden in a wide variety of ways. They can make you less likely to smile because you feel self-conscious, and they can also affect your ability to eat and speak comfortably. At Harrisonburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we help patients faced with this problem by using custom-made, natural-looking dentures and partials.
Modern-day dentures are much different than anything your parents or grandparents might have worn. Now, these prosthetics are smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable than ever, consisting of a gum-colored acrylic base attached to realistic-looking teeth. If you are missing an entire row of teeth, we can restore it using a full denture. This will sit directly on the gums using natural suction and/or a bit of denture adhesive.
Full dentures offer patients with missing teeth a chance to enjoy a full, complete smile once again. Their ability to take on a natural appearance is just one of the many benefits you can expect when receiving dentures. Others include:
- Improved confidence because of your fully restored smile
- Greater quality of life as a result of your denture’s ability to restore functionality when eating and smiling
- A cost-effective solution in comparison to other, more invasive solutions
- Their ability to last up to a decade with proper care and maintenance
Process for Dentures
The process of receiving dentures requires a few appointments, which are spaced out over the course of a few weeks. During this time, we will be working to design your denture as well as make sure it fits comfortably when placed.
First, our team will examine your oral cavity and facial structure to determine if you are an eligible candidate for dentures. If necessary, they will extract any teeth that need removal before taking impressions of your mouth to create a blueprint for your custom restoration.
While waiting for your finalized denture to be created, you will receive a temporary that you can wear in the meantime. Once your prosthetic is ready, you will return to have your temporary removed and be fitted for your new denture.
A partial (also known as a partial denture) can be used to replace multiple missing teeth along a single arch while fitting in seamlessly among a patient’s remaining teeth. They can be fabricated to fit a patient’s unique dental structure, and they are held in place using small clasps that attach to neighboring teeth.
Working much like a puzzle piece, partials offer patients many of the same benefits a full denture can provide to someone in need of replacing an entire arch of teeth. Not only do they generate a boost in confidence and enhance the aesthetics of a person’s smile, but they also keep healthy teeth from shifting out of place and becoming loose, resulting in additional tooth loss.
Process for Partials
If you need a partial denture, you can expect to follow a similar process to someone in need of a full denture. Our team will first examine your smile and take impressions of your oral cavity to determine where your artificial teeth will need to appear along the gum-colored base.
After several weeks, your partial will arrive at our office, and you will return for a fitting. Your first partial will likely require some altering, which our team can perform in-house. Once it is set in your mouth and proves comfortable, you will begin to enjoy your new and improved smile.
How to Maintain Your Dentures & Partials
Of course, once your new dentures are completed, we won’t simply send you on your way. Your dentures will need periodic maintenance over the years, and we’re happy to take care of that, too. Thanks to our in-house lab, we can provide same-day repairs and relines as you need them.
It is not uncommon that you will need necessary adjustments, as your facial shape will change over time. Should your dentures start to feel uncomfortable or become damaged for any reason, just give us a call and we’ll fix them right up.
While at home, you will need to make sure you are soaking your dentures each night in a denture solution. Also, when cleaning your restorations, place a towel in the basin of your sink. This will protect your dentures from damage should you accidentally drop them during the cleaning process.
By regularly cleaning and soaking your dentures and avoiding foods that could potentially chip or cause your denture to break, you can expect them to last longer.
Are Dentures Right for Me?
If you are suffering from low self-esteem because of your missing teeth, experiencing pain or infections in your mouth, or your jawbone is not strong enough to support dental implants, you may be eligible to receive dentures.
It is also a great solution for patients who would rather forgo a surgical procedure (i.e. dental implants) and opt for a restoration that is removable and more affordable.
However, for patients who prefer a more permanent option, implant-retained dentures are an ideal alternative. While more costly in the beginning, their longevity, functionality, stability, and permanence are just a few of the many reasons so many patients are turning to dental implants these days.
Over time, while the restoration will need to be replaced, the actual implant will not (at least with proper care and maintenance). Dental implants look and function just like a regular tooth, and they continue to stimulate the jawbone, thus, improving a person’s oral health by keeping the bone strong and preventing facial sagging or “collapse.” They’re also great for keeping healthy teeth in place and preventing them from shifting out of alignment.
Patients have found great success with dentures in Bloomfield Hills. Whether it is a partial or full denture, it can improve a person’s quality of life, making it possible to eat, chew, and speak with greater clarity and confidence. If you’re preparing to move forward with your own set of dentures or are still contemplating the idea, Dr. Banda and his team have compiled some of the most commonly asked questions about dentures to help you in your decision-making process. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
While the early stages of denture-wear might make eating a bit more awkward, you can expect the adjustment phase to last only a short while. Your taste buds may be a bit off in the beginning but by following these easy steps, you’ll be eating like normal with your new dentures:
- Opt for softer foods in the beginning (i.e. eggs, fish, cooked vegetables, pudding)
- Use your back teeth to chew, using both sides at the same time
- For easier consumption, cut up larger pieces of food
How much pain is involved with getting dentures?
You can expect some minor discomfort and irritation when first being fitted for dentures. Your mouth has become accustomed to not having teeth, so it will take some time to adjust. If this is the first time you’ve ever worn dentures, you can expect the pain to last a bit longer, but if you’re receiving a new set, it may not take quite as long to adjust to the newness. Keep in mind, if you require any teeth to be removed before receiving dentures, it is highly likely that the areas in which your extractions were performed will be sore and tender for quite some time, so you’ll need to make sure you’re taking proper measure to heal.
What do I do if my dentures pop up while eating?
If this happens, it may be that your dentures do not fit quite as well as they should. Schedule an appointment with us and allow our team to examine your restoration and oral structure. By improving the fit, you should be able to eat normally without any problems whatsoever.
How do you know when it’s time to reline dentures?
Age can cause a shift in your jaw, resulting in your dentures no longer fitting properly. When this happens, you will need to have them relined, which will require your dentist to refit the base of your dentures. This will not only ensure they fit more snugly and comfortably, but it will reduce the likeliness that you will experience slippage or your dentures falling out.
Can I sleep in my dentures?
While it is possible for you to sleep in your dentures, it is recommended that you perform proper oral hygiene practices to keep them clean. Typically, dentures are cleaned at night and allowed to soak while you sleep. It is best if they are removed, so as to give your gums and bone a chance to relax from all the pressure your denture can cause.