Do you have full rows of missing teeth? Have you lost most or all of your teeth? Receive dentures today in our Bladenboro, NC dental office. We offer partial or full dentures that can be removable or fixed, depending on the patient’s needs.
Dr. Shannon French offers dentures as a dental restoration for patients with rows or arches of lost teeth. Full or partial dentures allow patients to easily bite, chew, and speak. Dental restorations like dentures empower patients to enjoy doing the things they love comfortably.
Full and Partial Dentures at Bladenboro Family Dentistry
Traditionally, full or complete dentures require adhesives or snaps to stay in place. However, snaps and adhesives do not retain the bite and can slip around the mouth. When secured with dental implants, complete dentures restore full arches of missing teeth and allow patients to enjoy the foods they love without any restrictions.
Partial dentures may also be fixed or removable like complete dentures. Partial dentures are traditionally made of prosthetic teeth attached to a framework and then secured to adjacent natural teeth. Implant-secured partial dentures improve the function of the bite and also combat problems like facial sagging and speech issues.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
If you have just one single missing tooth, it can impact the health and aesthetics of the rest of your smile. Especially when you’re missing multiple teeth, it can negatively affect the health of the teeth and gums.
Lost or missing teeth can cause:
- Shifting teeth
- Speech problems
- Further tooth loss
- Tooth decay
- Bite problems
A fuller and more balanced bite make it easier to use your teeth. Especially if you have lost teeth due to a dental or gum infection, it is important to restore your smile after the appropriate treatment.
How long does it take to adjust to wearing partial dentures?
It may take anywhere from three to nine weeks to adjust to wearing any type of new denture. The majority of first-time denture wearers say they were comfortable speaking and chewing with their new dentures within three to four weeks.
How many hours a day should I wear my partial dentures?
We recommend that you wear your new dentures all day every day, and then remove them at the end of the day to completely clean it. It is important to clean your dentures daily to remove any trapped food or bacteria.
What to expect when wearing dentures for the first time?
The first time you wear dentures, they may be slightly uncomfortable. As you adjust to your dentures they will begin to feel more natural.
How long do partial dentures last?
If cared for properly, a partial denture has a lifespan of 5-10 years. Gum ridges and the underlying bone shift as you age, so you may need occasional adjustments.
Can I eat with my partial denture?
Yes, you can eat with your partial denture. There could be a time of adjustment as your mouth adapts to the new denture. You should limit your meals for a while to a soft diet to reduce excessive pressure on your jaw.
How do you keep food from going under partials?
When wearing dentures, whether full or partial, it is not uncommon for food to become lodged between the prosthetic and the gum while eating. This could cause irritation and discomfort. Denture glue could help with this by creating a watertight seal between the denture and the gum.
Do you have rows or arches of lost teeth? Get a fuller smile with dentures. Request a dental appointment with Dr. French or a member of her dental team on our website today. You can also call Bladenboro Family Dentistry at 910-469-4592. Let our team know if you have further questions and they will be happy to help.