If you are missing multiple teeth or full arches of teeth, dentures may be right for you.
Dr. Matthew Jenne and our professional dental team offer full and partial dentures to patients in the Garner, North Carolina area. Dr. Jenne works with patients one-on-one to discuss their concerns and to find a treatment option that works well with their budget and specific oral health needs. Learn more about dentures as restorative dental solutions below.
Types of Dentures in Garner
Full Dentures: Full dentures replace upper or lower teeth. This type of denture can be fixed or removable. Fixed dentures are anchored by dental implants which increase the success rate of the denture.
Implant Dentures: Implant dentures offer a number of benefits compared to removable dentures. There is no chance of slippage and no adhesive is needed. Patients are able to eat without restrictions as the implants are secure and durable. Implants improve the health of bone and gums for a more natural form and function.
Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are often used to replace several missing teeth. Like full dentures, they can either be fixed or removable. A fixed partial denture may be secured in place with dental crowns or dental implants.
Traditional vs. Partial Dentures
Traditional dentures and partial dentures can offer different benefits to our patients. Partials are ideal for patients who are missing several teeth. Full dentures are a good option for patients who are missing most of their natural teeth. Dentures can be removable or fixed and full dentures can be secured by dental implants. Partial dentures are removable and attached to an acrylic and metal frame that is secured onto the remaining teeth. Dr. Jenne will help you determine which option is right for you during a consultation.
Do dentures cause bad breath?
No. Wearing dentures every day does not directly cause bad breath. Although, dentures that do not get cleaned every day can contribute to bad breath and gum issues. There are many products out there that can help you maintain clean dentures, but they are not always necessary. Cleaning your dentures with toothpaste and mouthwash can reduce the amount of stuck-on plaque and bacteria that cause bad breath.
How do I clean implant-supported dentures?
Since this type of denture is not removable by the wearer, it may seem harder to clean. This is not the case as mentioned before, you do not need denture products to maintain a healthy denture. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, use mouthwash for implant dentures, and floss under the dentures daily.
Can I sleep in dentures?
Yes. Sleeping with dentures is acceptable as long as you are careful and aware of the side effects. Sleeping with your removable dentures for long periods of time can cause gum irritation. Removing your dentures before you go to sleep helps your gums and mouth get a break from them.
How many hours a day should you wear your partial denture?
Partial dentures should be worn during the day and removed at night. They should be worn for about 14-16 hours and removed for 6-8 at night. This gives your gums and mouth time to rest without dentures impacting them. It also gives you a specified time to clean and soak your dentures.
Will my face change with dentures?
After a couple of months of wearing your dentures, you may notice that your face shape has changed. This is due to the added structure and support that your dentures provide. It commonly makes patients appear younger.
What can you not eat with partial dentures?
Patients with partial dentures should avoid particularly sticky or chewy foods. We also recommend that patients avoid tough meat and chewing gum. This will minimize the damage that may impact the lifespan of your dentures.
Schedule a Denture Consultation Today
Do you want to improve the form and function of teeth? Replace your missing teeth for a fuller and healthier smile. Request an appointment with us online or call Dr. Matthew Jenne and our dental care team today at 919.238.3470. If you have any questions about treatment options, feel free to ask our dental staff. They will be happy to help.