We provide All Sorts of Comfort Fitting Dentures” to fit everyone’s unique needs. We have gum colored and metal partial dentures as well. If you need a complete denture or partial denture in a pinch, our lab is local (less than 2 miles). Our denture specialists are here every day to pick up and deliver dentures daily for our dental office. If you have an emergency or need an adjustment, there always just around the corner.
How Do Removable Dentures Work?
Full or partial dentures consist of a gum-colored base made of plastic resin, which fits over the remaining alveolar (bone) ridge that formerly held the teeth. The prosthetic teeth projecting from the base are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth. Dentures are held in place primarily by the suctioning effect of their close fit against the alveolar ridges — that's why it's so important that they are fitted properly. The upper denture also gets extra support from the large surface area of the roof of the mouth (palate), which generally makes it extremely stable.
At first, wearing dentures may require some getting used to in terms of talking and eating, as the dentures become “balanced” in the space formerly occupied by the teeth. But over time, the muscles, nerves and ligaments of the mouth learn to work in new ways, which allows these functions to occur normally. Dentures also help support the facial skeleton and the soft tissues of the lips and cheeks, which can help create a more youthful appearance.
Types of Full Dentures
Immediate Dentures: These are usually a temporary means of helping you transition to successful denture wearing. Because of the muscular readjustment required, as well as the natural shrinkage of gums, the dentures which are placed immediately after tooth extraction won't fit as well as permanent dentures made when the healing is complete. They do, however, provide you with new teeth right away, and give you time to adjust.
Conventional Full Dentures: After a period of time, permanent dentures that conform to your mouth with near-perfect accuracy can be fabricated. These are carefully crafted to look as much like your own natural teeth as possible, and are able to function properly in your mouth for a long time.
Implant-Supported Overdentures: To increase the stability of a lower or upper denture, it's possible for it to be securely anchored using two or more dental implants. The upper jaw requires more implants (generally three or more) than the lower jaw due to a lesser bone density. Many people find this option offers a great balance of comfort, functionality and value.
Types of Partial Dentures
Transitional Partial Dentures: These relatively inexpensive removable plastic dentures serve as a temporary tooth replacement and space maintainer as you wait for your mouth to heal from tooth extraction, for example. Once the healing process is complete, dental implants can be placed.
Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs): Usually made of cast vitallium, these well-constructed, metal-based removable partial dentures are much lighter and less obtrusive than those made of plastic. They are a little more expensive than plastic dentures but will fit better. They are, however, much less expensive than implants or fixed bridgework.
Even though we provide dentures for function, there is a very unique story we would like to share.
“A New Lease on Life”
There was a middle aged brunette woman we saw a couple of years ago. She was disheveled, and wore the same thing every day (worn t-shirt + jeans). Her self-esteem was at an all-time low. She never ever left the house because of the way her teeth looked and how much they hurt. One day, she got the courage to come to our dental office. She just wanted to eat and have a denture that she could smile with. We were able to immediately give her complete dentures. She didn’t say much after the delivery. Her big smile and tears of appreciation were enough.
Later on we saw her for a routine check up and adjustment. She looked different! Her hair was red! She put on new clothes and applied make up! We asked her, “Hey, how are you feeling? You look different!” She told us that since she had the denture, it changed her life. She wasn’t afraid to go out in public anymore. Since then she has gone to the salon 3 times! She changed her hair color 3 times! She just had a new lease on life. We know we just work on teeth, but sometimes our patients believe we are doing more than that. For that reason, we are humbled we can help change someone’s life.
Do you need a smile makeover? Call our Orange City, FL office at (386)774-0125 to learn more about dentures.