If some or all your teeth are missing, you may be a good candidate for partial or full dentures. They can restore your smile to full function and make your smile whole again!
With Dr. Lipe’s convenient Denver location, you are always within reach of a beautiful smile!
What is a denture?
A denture is a series of artificial teeth molded to an acrylic, gum-colored base that fits over the gingival ridges of your mouth. Dentures improve the looks of your smile and help keep your cheeks lifted, so you don’t look aged beyond your years.
Different types of dentures
Conventional Full-Arch Dentures
If you are missing all your teeth on the top or bottom part of your mouth, you will need what is called a full-arch, or complete, denture.
An upper denture fits over the roof of your mouth and is held in place with your tongue and may require the use of denture adhesive.
A lower arch denture rests on the ridge of your lower jaw. It is held in place by your tongue and cheek muscles.
Unlike conventional dentures, these are held into place by implants and don’t rely solely on the soft tissues of your mouth to support them. They are secured to dental implants once all teeth have been extracted and the gum tissues have completely healed.
Immediate dentures are placed immediately following the extraction of any remaining teeth. After your gums have healed, they may need to be refitted to accommodate the new shape of your mouth.
Partial dentures are a good option if you are missing several teeth, but have some remaining teeth with good, strong roots and intact tops. They usually have plastic or metal clasps that fit around existing teeth to hold them into place.
Caring for your dentures
Dentures must be handled carefully, or they will warp or break! When they are not in your mouth, make sure they are in a safe place. NEVER PUT A DENTURE IN THE DISWASHER. Use cool water and a special toothbrush for dentures. Don’t use toothpaste, since it’s abrasive qualities can scratch and ruin the finish of the artificial teeth which can lead to staining and breakage.
Dentures need to be stored in water or a special denture solution when not in your mouth, so they do not dry out. Be sure to store them away from pets and children, too.
Avoid hard foods and clean your mouth daily. If anything rubs or is uncomfortable, see Dr. Lipe right away to avoid sores or calluses from forming.
Just because you don’t have teeth, doesn’t mean never having a professional checkup. It is important to maintain a regular schedule of recare, so a dental professional can examine the soft tissues of your mouth and check for signs of disease.
In need of immediate care?
Dr. Lipe provides emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call (303) 744-0600