Dentures Greensboro NC
Greensboro Dentures Specialist
Full and Partial Dentures in Greensboro NC
At Graham E. Farless DDS, PA, we offer advanced solutions for those seeking Dentures in Greensboro, NC. Tooth loss is a common occurence as we age. Dentures are a fast, affordable way to replace those missing teeth and create a beautiful new smile. Replacing those missing teeth will do more than simply make it easier to chew your food. The support that dentures offer and the confidence you’ll feel from your winning smile will help you to look younger and protect your jawbone from deterioration. Speak and eat with confidence thanks to your new dentures.
Full and partial dentures come in many types. Depending on your condition and desires, we can find the right solution for you. If you are interested in a replacement denture or would like to know more about denture options, please make an appointment for a consultation.
Avadent Digital Dentures
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AvaDent advantages over traditional dentures:
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Complete dentures are worn by patients who require support for a full set of porcelain or plastic false teeth. They are generally made of plastic, and they are often colored in order to mimic live gum tissue. Complete dentures are held in the mouth either traditionally by forming a seal with the gums, or alternatively by attaching to dental implants that have been surgically embedded into the jawbone.
When it comes to complete dentures there are two primary types. The first is the conventional type of complete dentures. The teeth that are being replaced are first removed, and the gums are allowed to heal completely. During this waiting period the new dentures are being manufactured to custom fit the patient’s mouth. This type of denture is usually ready for placement anywhere from 8-12 weeks after the removal process. The Immediate type of complete dentures, on the other hand, are ready for placement immediately after teeth removal. They are almost always made in advance until a set of long term conventional dentures can be produced.
Partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. A bridge is first used to replace one or more teeth. The traditional, more permanent design of partial dentures is made of metal clasps and rests that conform around the natural teeth. The more temporary design uses plastic replacements. This procedure allows time for gums and bones to heal properly before a permanent solution is reached.
There are a few different types of partial denture bridges. Removable partial dentures are normally connected by metal framework or clasps, and they can be taken completely out of the mouth. In contrast, fixed partial dentures are required to be cemented in place and are not removable. A third type, precision partial dentures, are another removable option. However, these dentures use internal attachments rather than clasps, yielding a more natural appearance.
Where do I begin if I need dentures?
Typically the best place to start if you need dentures is setting a free consultation with Dr. Farless. This will allow you and Dr. Farless to formulate a dental treatment plan specific to your needs or suggest a treatment that is better suited for your situation.
Are there different types of dentures?
The two main types of dentures available are complete dentures and partial dentures. As the name suggests, complete dentures replace all of the teeth and fit onto the gums, covering the jawbone. The stability of this type of set is often improved by attaching them to dental implants. Alternatively, dentures that take the place of some of the teeth are known as partial dentures. This type of dental device attaches to the teeth that are still present and covers the gums where they are missing. In some cases, implants are used to increase the retention and stability of partial dentures as well.
What do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures varies widely depending on several factors including the degree of your treatment and the time required to complete treatment, and even the type of dental insurance you use. The best way to get an accurate estimate of your treatment costs is to meet with Dr. Farless to discuss the care you may need.
Do dentures require special care?
To keep your dentures looking and functioning well, it is important that you take proper care of them. Dentures aren’t made of the same composite material as teeth, so it’s important that you follow a proper care routine designed specifically for your dentures.
Whitening: Because dentures are made of plastic, you cannot whiten them like you would natural teeth. So it is important to properly clean your dentures each day to remove any built up food or bacteria to minimize staining and discoloration. Brushing your dentures regularly with a denture brush or soft toothbrush will prevent permanent stains and keep your whole mouth healthy. If a stain does surface, consult our office or use an over-the-counter product (per the manufacturer’s instructions).
Brushing: Do not use a regular toothpaste on your dentures. Toothpastes are made with the teeth in mind and are too abrasive for your dentures. They are often comprised of materials that whiten or strengthen the teeth but may actually harm dentures. Additionally, the abrasives in toothpaste may actually scratch the surface of your dentures. Instead, use a dish washing liquid and denture brush to clean your dentures and them allow them to soak in a water-based solution overnight.
Repairing: If your dentures develop a crack or another issue, it is best to contact our office so that they can be professionally repaired. This will help you avoid any alignment issues or sore spots as well as maintain the integrity of your dentures.
How long can I wear my dentures?
While you can wear your dentures night and day, it is best to remove them at night to allow your gums and bone an opportunity to relax from the pressure of the dentures during the day. If you must wear your dentures overnight for social or dental reasons, you need to designate a time during the day to properly clean your mouth and dentures. Proper oral hygiene is crucial every day.
How will dentures affect my eating?
Most individuals need to learn to effectively use their dentures, which often means it takes a bit of time to get used to them. That being said, you should be able to eat regularly with your dentures in a short period of time; however, it may take you additional time to get more comfortable with foods that are especially hard or sticky. Adhesives specifically made for dentures (only requires 3 or 4 pea-sized dabs) may help stabilize them initially as you adjust to eating with your dentures.
It is important to note, though, that chewing gum is typically a no-go with dentures. The gum often sticks to the dentures and may harden and discolor. Likewise, the gum may stick to the acrylic plastic of the prostheses and break the seal, loosening them as a result. Ultimately, it is best just to avoid chewing gum altogether if you have dentures.
Are dentures painful?
It is normal to experience minor irritation once you are first fitted with new dentures, but this discomfort should fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to them. The period of discomfort varies, depending on a few different factors. For example, if you previously wore dentures and now have a new set, it may take longer for you to adjust. Likewise, if you had natural teeth present that were removed before getting your dentures, you may experience pain or discomfort at the site of the extractions for several weeks after their removal. Throughout this period it is important to maintain regular visits with Dr. Farless to insure that your gums heal as effectively as possible and that you adjust to your new dentures.
Have more questions about dentures in Greensboro, NC? Contact us for a free consultation.