Older man smiling with denturesDentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. If you have suffered significant tooth loss, you may experience difficulty eating, speaking, and chewing. You may feel self-conscious and hold back from smiling.

At Flatrock Family Dentistry, our board-certified dentists Dr. Christopher J. Rouse and Dr. E. Michael Crosland believe everyone deserves to have a smile they want to show off. They can help restore not only your beautiful smile, but also the many functions of daily life that become a struggle without teeth. They can help you eat and speak normally again.

Flatrock Family Dentistry serves Greenville, Greer, Five Forks, and nearby areas of South Carolina. Call (864) 297-5268 today to schedule a consultation.

What are Dentures?

Dentures involve a flesh-colored base that covers your gums, with replacement teeth on top of it. They are custom-made in a dental laboratory based on impressions of your mouth.

There are two types of dentures:

  • Complete: Complete dentures replace all the teeth in your mouth. The process for creating them involves removing all of your remaining teeth, then placing the dentures.
  • Partial: If you have teeth that are savable and capable of supporting dentures, partial dentures can be anchored to your remaining teeth.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures can have numerous benefits, including:

  • Restoring your smile
  • Easier speaking
  • Restoring your ability to eat and chew

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures fully replace all of your teeth. There are two different kinds of complete dentures:

  • Conventional: Conventional dentures involve removing all the teeth from your mouth, then fabricating your dentures while your gums heal. The healing process can take as long as 8 to 12 weeks, during which time you would be without teeth.
  • Immediate: With immediate dentures, your replacements are put in as soon as your teeth are removed. This means you never have to go without teeth, even while your mouth heals. However, they may need more adjustments after the fact as your mouth changes during the healing process.

Partial Dentures

Senior citizen with dentures smilingPartial dentures are useful if you have remaining teeth that can be saved and are strong enough to support the dentures. They involve using natural teeth as anchors.

These teeth will have crowns placed on them. The crowns will be connected to the structure of the dentures and hold them in place. This will not only address the issues with eating, chewing, and speaking caused by missing teeth, but also prevent your natural teeth from changing position.

How are Dentures Made?

The denture process can take multiple appointments. First, our dentists will make impressions and take measurements of your upper and lower jaws. Then, they’ll make models in the exact shape of what your dentures will look like so you can try them in your mouth. These models will be judged for fit, color, and shape.

Once our doctors have a good model, the final denture will be cast. Once you try your final dentures on, adjustments can be made as necessary.

What Do Dentures Feel Like?

New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable in your mouth at first. It may take you time to get used to eating and chewing again. Start with small pieces of soft food, and chew them slowly on the sides of your mouth. Then, gradually start introducing more food.

Dentures may feel loose as your facial muscles and tongue become used to holding them in place. Your mouth may also produce more saliva at first as it starts to adjust to your dentures. As you get more used to them, these issues will diminish.

Caring for Dentures

Your dentures may need to be remade or replaced because of normal wear and tear. However, by following these tips, you can increase their longevity:

  • Don’t let dentures dry out: Keep them in a sterile cleansing solution or room-temperature water when you’re not wearing them. Never store them in hot water. It can cause them to warp.
  • Handle with care: Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped. Handle them over a folded towel or water basin to mitigate this risk.
  • Brush your dentures daily: This will remove food deposits and prevent them from getting stained.
  • Brush your gums and tongue twice a day: Just like you should brush your natural teeth twice daily, brushing your gums and tongue will remove plaque and food. It will also prevent bad breath and stimulate circulation in your gums.

Schedule Your Greenville Dentures Consultation Today

At Flatrock Family Dental, Dr. Rouse and Dr. Crosland want you to live the confident, fulfilling life that comes with having a beautiful smile and a full set of teeth. They will treat you with dignity, care, and compassion as they work to restore your ability to eat, speak, and chew normally. They are committed to taking a holistic approach to your oral health and, when they treat you in our state-of-the-art facility, you’ll be in good hands.

We serve Greenville, Five Forks, Greer, and nearby areas of South Carolina. Call (864) 568-4784 today to schedule a consultation.