WHAT ARE DENTURES?
Customized dentures are a more traditional method for tooth replacement that has seen a lot of development and growth over the last several years. In fact, dentures are still offered by many dentists today and can be fixed, removable, partial, or full. When your dental care is handled by a skilled professional, this restoration can restore the beauty, function, and health of your smile. Board-certified dentist Dr. Brian Call offers partial and full dentures to patients at his Farmington, UT office. While full dentures can replace your entire upper arch, lower arch, or both, partial dentures are used to replace a portion of either arch. At Oakridge Dental, dentures can be removable (held in place by teeth or glue) or implant-supported. During your consultation, Dr. Call will go over your options in detail and help you decide what kind of denture is right for your needs, preferences, and lifestyle.
WHO CAN GET DENTURES?
Dentures are a service that Oakridge Dental has offered since we first opened our practice. We've been helping patients improve the appearance and comfort of their smiles by creating great dentures that look natural and provide a fit and feel that replicates natural teeth as closely as possible. You may be a candidate for dentures if you are missing most or all of your teeth, but your gums and jawbone are still healthy. Even if you don't choose implant-supported dentures, your gums and jawbone must still be healthy to keep the removable denture in place. If you have natural teeth, these may be extracted to make room for a full denture or kept as support for a partial denture. During your consultation with Dr. Call, he will assess your condition and discuss your options.
HOW ARE DENTURES placed?
The process for placing dentures will depend on if you get removable or fixed restorations. For removable dentures, Dr. Call will extract any remaining teeth before impressions are taken, which will then be used to craft your customized dentures. Partial dentures will be colored to match your natural teeth for an attractive result. Once your full or partial dentures are made, Dr. Call will fit them so they are secure and comfortable. After this, he will go over how you can care for your brand new restoration.
Implant-supported dentures will require more care and treatments than receiving removable dentures. First, Dr. Call will assess the health of your gums and jawbone. If you have any gum or bone atrophy, this will need to be treated with a gum or bone graft and given time to heal. Once your mouth is ready to receive implants, Dr. Call will perform the procedure. He will make an incision into your gums and place the implants at their ideal locations, then close your sutures while leaving a portion of the implant exposed. Once the implants have fully integrated with your oral structures, you will receive your final denture restoration.
It may take some time before you feel fully comfortable with your new dentures, but eating and speaking normally will become easier. If your dentures feel loose, we encourage you to return to our office to have the fit adjusted. While you're at home, you will need to keep your dentures clean by brushing them twice each day. Removable dentures need to be soaked when they're taken out of the mouth to prevent them from drying out.
It's also important that you continue to attend all of your annual checkups and biannual cleanings so Dr. Call can monitor the wear of your dentures over time, as well as ensure that your gums and jawbone are still healthy. If your dentures need to be replaced or repaired, he will let you know. However, when properly cared for, dentures can last for many years.
IMPLANT-SUPPORTED OR REMOVABLE DENTURES
With partial or full dentures that can be taken out at will or held in place with implants, it's possible to regain your ability to speak and eat comfortably. Board-certified dentist Dr. Brian Call is pleased to provide this tried-and-true method of teeth restoration to his patients throughout Farmington, UT and Davis County. Get in touch with our team at Oakridge Dental to find out if dentures are the solution you've been looking for to achieve an attractive, healthy smile.