If some or all your teeth are missing, complete or partial dentures may be a good option for you. Dr. Tina can help restore the look and function of your mouth with dentures. Her office is easy to get to, located in Colonia, NJ, on the corner of Wood and Inman Ave.
What is a denture?
Dentures are artificial teeth made to replace missing teeth. They resemble your real teeth and keep your remaining ones from shifting. Your smile will look and feel better since dentures provide support and prevent sagging in your face muscles, like your cheeks and lips.
What are some of the different types of dentures?
Our dentistry offers four different types of dentures. While there are several kinds, not every kind will be appropriate for you. We will discuss your dental needs to determine which dentures are right for you.
Conventional Complete Dentures
Conventional complete dentures includes an upper and lower mold of your gums with artificial teeth attached to a plastic base. The top denture rests firmly on the upper gums and roof of your mouth to substitute your top row of teeth. The bottom denture rests on the lower part of your gums to substitute your bottom row of teeth.
For us to attach conventional complete dentures, you can’t have any remaining teeth. If you decide they are a good option for you and still have some teeth, we will need to remove them. The dentures will be put on your gums after they have had the proper amount of time to heal.
Unlike conventional complete dentures, immediate dentures are placed directly after your remaining teeth have been taken out. Although you don’t have to wait to get immediate dentures installed, modifications may be needed once your gums fully heal.
Implant-Supported Complete Dentures
Similar to conventional complete dentures, implant-supported complete dentures substitute all of your real teeth. These type of dentures rely on implants to keep them in place. Implant-supported dentures can be situated once your gums have healed from the implant installation and/or teeth extractions.
Partial dentures are also made with artificial teeth attached to a plastic base to substitute missing teeth. Since the base connects to your real teeth, you must have some remaining teeth in your mouth for partial dentures.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures require special care to keep them functioning properly and looking good.
Dentures are can break easily and should be handled with care, especially when they're not in your mouth. You should be mindful of this when taking them out since they can break from being dropped even a few inches.
Since your dentures are made for your mouth, they’re used to a wet environment. To avoid potential damage to your dentures, they should be kept in water so they don’t dry out. If they are kept out of water for too long, you risk them morphing and not fitting properly.
You should clean your dentures with the same amount of care you would with your real teeth.
To clean your dentures, first take them out of your mouth and wash them with cool water. You want to make sure there is no food stuck on them. Then use a denture brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush paired with a denture cleanser. After you’ve finished checking for food and brushing, give them one last thorough rinse with cool water.
To provide your dentures with a healthy environment, you should brush your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush each morning. This also helps the tissue in your mouth circulate to eliminate plaque.
Visit the Dentist
Regular dental checkups are essential in maintaining the look and function of your dentures. Dr. Tina Panchal and her staff will check the fit of your dentures, address any questions or concerns, and check for any signs of oral diseases. Professionals suggest you get a new denture every 5-7 years to ensure the best fit. Our staff is dedicated to providing you with dentures that look, feel, and work great.
How do I know if I should get dentures?
Dentures are just one of the many ways to help restore missing teeth. Make an appointment with our team to see if dentures are a good treatment option for you.
Call us today at (732) 499-8220 or email DrTina@drtinapanchal.com to schedule an appointment.