Patients who are missing whole arches of teeth benefit from dentures as a restorative dental solution. At Orchard Hill Dental, we offer several options for dentures. Full and partial dentures can be retained by natural teeth or dental implants. Using quality materials and modern techniques, our dentist in Hendersonville, NC, can give you the most comfortable and natural-looking results. Dr. Jessica Christy provides dentures and other restorative dentistry treatments in her Hendersonville, NC, dental office.
Benefits of Dentures
Patients who receive dentures receive many benefits that contribute to their overall health. Dentures:
- Support facial muscles
- Prevent teeth from shifting and overcrowding
- Improve speech capabilities
- Allow patients to eat food they enjoy
- Preserve the facial structure
- Look and feel like natural teeth
- Provide long-lasting results
Types of Dentures
The type of denture you receive will depend on the number and placement of missing teeth you have. Dr. Christy will review your options with you and see if you are a candidate for dentures. She will also assess your teeth and gums and discuss your budget and goals. Learn the differences between implant-secured and partial dentures below:
This type of denture is supported by and attached to dental implants for a more secure and permanent restoration. Patients who have enough bone in their jaw are good candidates for implant-secured dentures. However, bone grafting may be done before this procedure to ensure that there is enough bone to attach to.
The dental implants are usually placed first and in the front of the jaw because there is typically more bone and fewer nerves. After the implants are placed, the supporting bar that makes up the denture is inserted. Dental implant-secured dentures provide added benefits and stability for those who are looking for a more permanent solution.
Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth that can be made of metal or acrylic. They are attached to a plastic base with a metal framework. This treatment option works best for patients with multiple consecutive missing teeth. Many patients find that partial dentures improve their bite and make it easier for them to talk.
How many hours a day should you wear your partial denture?
When you first receive your partial denture, your dentist may recommend wearing it as much as possible to help you adjust to it more quickly. After the initial adjustment period, you should wear your dentures for 8 to 10 hours daily. This gives your mouth and gums a needed rest period.
How long do partial dentures take to settle?
On average partial dentures take at least 2 to 3 days to settle. As time goes by, patients will gain familiarity with their dentures, and they will become comfortable wearing them.
Can you eat normally with a partial denture?
Patients can eat normally with a partial denture. At first, after the dentist places your denture, patients may experience an adjustment period as they settle into the feeling of having and using their new denture. This typically lasts a couple of days to a week.
Is it hard to talk with partial dentures?
Patients may need some time to adjust to speaking with partial dentures, It typically takes a few days until patients feel comfortable can speak normally.
How long do implant dentures last?
Implant-supported dentures can last a long time with proper care and maintenance. The denture portion can last 5 to 8 years before needing replacement or adjustment due to wear and tear. On the other hand, dental implants contain titanium, which can last 15 to 20 years or even a lifetime. To extend the life of your implant dentures, practice good oral hygiene, attend regular dental check-ups, and follow any maintenance instructions your dentist provides.
How painful is getting dentures?
Getting dentures isn’t painful, but you might feel discomfort during the process. When you first wear dentures, it’s normal to experience soreness and irritation as your gums adjust. As your gums adjust to wearing dentures, the discomfort should subside. However, if persistent pain arises, contact your dentist. The dentist may need to adjust the fit of your dentures.
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Contact Orchard Hill Dental for comprehensive care with dentures today at (828) 247-7001. Our Hendersonville, NC dental team is committed to helping patients improve their oral health for brighter and healthier smiles.