If you’ve lost some or all of your permanent teeth, dentures can restore your smile as well as your biting and chewing abilities. At Dorfner Dental Studio, general and cosmetic dentist Rachel Dorfner, DMD, uses dentures to replace teeth and the surrounding tissues. To see if you’re a candidate for dentures, make an appointment at the practice in Burlington, New Jersey, by calling the office today or scheduling online.
Dentures are removable oral prosthetics that replace your permanent teeth and the surrounding tissues. There are two main types of dentures –– complete and partial. Complete dentures replace an entire row of teeth, while partial dentures only replace a few teeth.
Dentures are made from durable, synthetic materials like nylon, acrylic, or plastic. They rest comfortably on top of your natural gum tissue and make it easier to bite, chew, and speak confidently.
Implant-retained dentures are oral prosthetics that attach to dental implants. Dental implants are synthetic posts that replace your natural tooth roots. Dr. Dorfner inserts them into your jaw during an outpatient procedure, and they integrate with your natural bone structure over time.
Implant-retained dentures look similar to complete dentures, but you don’t have to remove them. Instead, you brush them twice daily like they’re your natural teeth.
Getting dentures takes several appointments over a period of weeks or months. After Dr. Dorfner determines the type of dentures that will most benefit you, she takes measurements of your jaw and impressions of your mouth. Then, Dr. Dorfner sends your impressions and measurements to a dental laboratory.
The technicians at the laboratory use your impressions to mold and cast a final version of your dentures. You then return to Dorfner Dental Studio and try them on. Dr. Dorfner makes adjustments as necessary, polishes your dentures, and provides care instructions.
Wearing new dentures takes a bit of getting used to. During the first few weeks, it’s normal for them to move around. Fortunately, the muscles in your cheeks and tongue will adjust over time. You might also experience mild discomfort or increased saliva production, but these issues will subside quickly.
Yes. Dentures are like your teeth in that they collect food particles, saliva, and bacteria. To prevent buildup, Dr. Dorfner recommends brushing your dentures twice daily and soaking them in an approved denture solution overnight.
If you have implant-retained dentures, brush them twice daily and visit Dorfner Dental Studio once every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To see if you’re a candidate for dentures, make an appointment at Dorfner Dental Studio by calling the office today or scheduling online.