The Denture Procedure

The denture procedure begins with a consultation. We’ll review your oral health and discuss your cosmetic and functional goals. If you have damaged, diseased, or otherwise compromised teeth, we’ll set up an extraction appointment. At the end of the extraction process, your reconstructive dentist in Rochester, Mi may fit you with a set of temporary tooth replacements, sometimes called either immediate or healing dentures. These will help you make the transition to wearing a permanent prosthetic teeth. 

If you are getting implant dentures, your implant dentist will insert the implants immediately after extracting your natural teeth or place implants in a separate procedure. With a teeth on the same day approach, you can even get your implant dentures the day you get implants.

Once your mouth is healed, you can start the process of getting a permanent set of replacement teeth. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth. They will then send your impressions to the dental lab. The dental lab will start working on your tooth replacements. With full dentures, a dental lab usually wants to produce a set of wax try-in prosthetics to make sure the fit is perfect. A dental lab might also do this for partial dentures. 

If you agree with the fit and style of dentures, the dental lab will create the final dentures. 

FOY Dentures logoPartial Dentures

Partial dentures are removable tooth replacements for fewer than a full arch of teeth. The artificial teeth are supported in a framework that could be made of plastic, metal, or rubber. The framework will hold on to your remaining teeth for support. The teeth are plastic or ceramic. 

Benefits and Limitations of Partial Dentures

Partials can make your smile look whole again. They preserve the spacing of your teeth so teeth don’t start to drift. Most people get used to speaking with them in, so partial dentures enable clear speech with practice. 

Partials aren’t as effective at chewing as natural teeth, and some people have a hard time adapting to chewing with artificial teeth s in place. Often, people remove partial dentures for eating. 

In addition, partials can make it harder to keep your natural teeth healthy. Plaque and bacteria can accumulate on your natural teeth where the partial dentures contact them. Some types of dental prosthesis have metal clasps that can cause wear on your natural teeth.

Full Dentures

Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. You can get them for the top teeth, bottom teeth, or both. The base is typically made of a sturdy plastic designed to look like natural gums. The replacement teeth might be made of the same plastic, or they might be ceramic. 

Benefits and Limitations of Full Dentures

Full dentures can give you a complete set of replacement teeth. They can allow you to speak more clearly, chew more effectively, and smile with confidence. 

However, full dentures do all these things in a limited way, because they are not as secure as natural teeth. Speaking with full dentures takes time to master. Full dentures don’t let you chew with the same method as natural teeth and can limit the foods you can eat. You might even be reluctant to smile because you’re not sure how well your prosthetic teeth are in place. 

Denture adhesives can help, but full dentures will never be as secure as natural teeth. 

Implant Dentures

Implant dentures use dental implants to secure your prosthetic teeth. They can be partials, but more often people get a full dental prosthsis. As with full dentures, the base is designed to look like your gums. It might be made of plastic or ceramic, and may have metal reinforcements to make dentures stronger. 

Benefits and Limitations of Implant Dentures

Implant dentures can fully restore the appearance and function you enjoyed with natural teeth. You’ll be able to speak clearly, chew effectively, and smile with confidence. Although the denture might last only 10-20 years, the implants themselves will likely last the rest of your life–if you care for them properly. 

The limitations of implant dentures depend on your decisions. If you decide to get these secured with only a few dental implants, your new replacement teeth might not give you all the benefits. However, if you get more dental implants, implant dentures can be very expensive.

Regain Your Smile with Fountain of Youth®

Among the advanced options we offer are the amazing FOY® Dentures. The Denture Fountain of Youth® truly lives up to its name. They’re also fit and function wonderfully.

FOY® can truly replace lost teeth. When your teeth get worn down and then lost, the support for the lower third of the face diminishes. The bone structure shrinks, but the skin and other tissues remain the same. This leads to the appearance that you have excess skin. The excess skin folds or hangs down, causing wrinkles, facial folds, jowls, and turkey neck.

Using neuromuscular dentistry tools and techniques, we measure the optimal dimensions for your lower face. Then we make FOY®  to restore these proportions. This means you won’t have any excess skin. You’ll see a reduction in signs of facial aging. The principle is similar to a nonsurgical facelift.

But FOY® also improve on traditional techniques in other ways. They have a very secure fit, so they don’t just fall out of your mouth, even without dental implants. You can eat a wider variety of foods, and with dental implants your FOY® will function just like natural teeth. They’ll also look just like natural teeth. We use the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques to ensure a beautiful smile. In fact, with FOY®, you may have the best smile of your life.

There is truly nothing like FOY®, and we love to make them because they are the only way we can give our denture patients the quality of care they deserve.

How to Care for Your Dentures

  • Clean regularly and avoid abrasive toothpastes
  • For front teeth, do not bite directly into hard/crunchy foods – use your back molars
  • Contact our Rochester implant dentists if damage occurs such as chipping or breaking
  • Soak and clean overnight for maximum cleaning and to prevent drying out
  • Schedule regular check-ups to make sure they are in top condition
  • Be careful handling them – they should not be dropped

Get Teeth Replacements in Detroit

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Learn more about our other reconstructive dentistry procedures: dental implants, endodontics, and oral surgery.

Rochester Advanced Dentistry helps people in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Troy, and Oakland, Macomb and Shelby Townships enhance their smiles with modern denture technology. Call (248) 656-2020 or email our experienced dental makeover team today for your personal smile evaluation.