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Dentures – Granby, CT

Get a New and Improved Smile Fast

Wish your smile were complete? Tired of having to make compromises to your diet? Want to start feeling confident about your smile again? Today is the day you should consider dentures in Granby at Salmon Brook Dental Associates! When you don’t have a smile you feel comfortable showing off, it can take a major toll on your self-esteem. Dr. Endres and Dr. Chawla want to help you change that moving forward. To get started planning your future smile transformation with dentures, give their office a call today and schedule an appointment!

Why Choose Salmon Brook Dental Associates for Dentures?

  • Highly Customized with Natural-Looking Dental Materials
  • Affordable Options and Dental Financing Offered
  • Implant Dentures Available for Improved Longevity and Dental Health

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Whether you are missing several teeth or all of your teeth, pretty much anyone can get dentures. To get started you need to schedule a consultation with your dentist so they can determine whether or not you are eligible for this treatment. Even if you don’t make a good candidate right away, dentures could still be in your future if you restore the health of the gum tissue and bone structure.

Effects of Missing Teeth

Closeup of a missing tooth

The most common causes of missing teeth include tooth decay, gum disease, and injury. This can lead to a variety of negative consequences. According to the American Academy of Periodontology , people who are missing teeth could be looking at facial sagging, difficulty speaking, trouble eating, and lower self-esteem. When you replace your missing teeth with dentures, you can see improvement in all of these different areas of your life.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

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Dentures are an excellent solution for patients who have experienced significant tooth loss and have sufficient, healthy gum tissue and jawbone. People who get dentures also need to be committed to their dental health routine and willing to properly care for their dentures.

The number of teeth you are missing and where they are located in your mouth will ultimately determine which type of denture is best for you. Dentures are more affordable when compared to other tooth replacement options, making them ideal for patients who are unable to invest a lot of money in their smile at this time.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

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Patients who don’t make a good candidate for dentures may be a good candidate for other tooth replacement options:

  • Dental Bridges: Dental bridges are ideal for patients who are only missing one or a few teeth. A bridge requires healthy teeth surrounding the missing tooth to support it.
  • Dental Implants: Since a titanium post is inserted into the jawbone, patients need to have a solid bone structure to get dental implants. This option is more costly than dentures, but it’s permanent.

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What is a Full Denture?

A full bottom and top denture.

Are you missing an entire row of teeth? Whether you don’t have any remaining teeth in your top or bottom arch, a full denture is likely the best solution for you. This denture is custom-made from either ceramic or acrylic restorations which are then placed inside of a gum-colored base. This base is designed to match your existing gum tissue as closely as possible.

To create a full denture, we start by capturing dental impressions of your mouth, which is then sent to an offsite dental lab of trusted technicians our office partners with. Your impression mold is then used to design and fabricate your future prosthesis. After it is created, you’ll come back to our office to have it fitted. We’ll go over the steps to wearing and cleaning the denture as well as products that can help make this process as smooth as possible.

Are Partial Dentures the Same?

A pair of partial dentures in Granby.

Partial dentures are a bit different in a few unique ways. For starters, they are only meant to fill the gaps in either your top or bottom arch, much like how a puzzle piece fits into a larger puzzle. This effectively prevents neighboring teeth from shifting out of place and making your smile and bite uneven. While they are also made from ceramic and acrylic materials to ensure natural-looking esthetics, they use metal clasps that wrap around teeth to stay in place rather than solely rely on natural suction to the gums.

How Dentures Are Made

Woman holding denture

If you’re considering dentures to replace your missing teeth, you may be wondering what the denture creation process looks like. After all, the prosthesis is made just for you! Everyone’s smile is different, and so is the treatment process. However, this is what you can usually expect.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

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Dentures are composed of two different parts: the base and the replacement teeth. Here is what each part generally consists of:

  • Denture Base: This is the structure that holds your replacement teeth. It is crafted to fit your mouth perfectly and look like natural gum tissues. It can be made from a variety of materials, like acrylic, nylon, porcelain, resin, or even metal. Full dentures are usually made using acrylic because it can be tailored to match your natural gum tissue. Partial dentures may use metal clips with an acrylic base.
  • Replacement Teeth: The teeth that are supported by the base are usually made from resin or porcelain. Both of these materials have a natural appearance. However, porcelain is more popular because it looks and feels just like a natural tooth. It is also very durable. Typically, porcelain is only recommended for full dentures because it can be abrasive on the adjacent teeth.

The Denture Creation Process

Lab technician making dentures

Every denture is custom-made for the patient’s mouth, so it requires a multi-step process to ensure that everything fits perfectly. Here’s what the step-by-step process usually looks like:

  1. Your dentist will take impressions of your upper and lower gumline. Measurements of your jaw will also be taken. This will be used to create a plaster model that will be a replica of your mouth. The model is used to make sure the final denture is the perfect size and shape to fit your mouth.
  2. The cast is sent off to the dental lab where your dentures will be made. At the lab, they will create the wax replica of your gumline.
  3. Artificial teeth are set in place. Using an articulator, the teeth are attached with wax. The technician will make minor adjustments by shaping and carving the wax so that it looks just like your gums.
  4. Your wax dentures are sent back to your dentist for a fitting. If everything looks good, the dentures are sent back to the dental lab to complete the process.
  5. Once back in the lab, the technician will boil the dentures to get rid of the wax portions. To do this, the dentures are placed in a holding device known as a “flask.” Plaster is poured in to maintain the shape of the dentures. Then the entire flask is placed into hot water to melt away the wax portions of the dentures.
  6. Holes are made in the teeth, then acrylic is injected into the flask to replace the wax.
  7. The plaster is carefully removed with lab tools to reveal the final denture. The denture is placed into an ultrasonic bath to remove any remaining plaster.
  8. Excess acrylic is cut off, then the denture is polished.
  9. Lastly, you will be able to return to the dental office for a fitting. Adjustments can be made as needed to ensure that you will be happy with your new smile!

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Adjusting to Your New Dentures

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Minor discomfort after first getting dentures is normal. Initially, many patients experience mild soreness and have difficulty speaking and eating comfortably. With a little bit of time, your mouth will adjust to the denture, and it will feel similar to natural teeth. By sticking to soft foods, exercising your facial muscles, experimenting with adhesive, and practicing difficult-to-pronounce words, you can speed up the adjustment period. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your replacement teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Benefits of Using Full or Partial Dentures

An older woman smiling.

Whether you’re missing a handful of teeth throughout your mouth or an entire arch, dentures can offer many lasting benefits for your diet and overall quality of life. While giving back your smile is one obvious benefit, it’s far from the only one you can expect. For example:

  • Dentures work to reduce the level of “facial collapse” that can occur when teeth are missing. This ensures your smile and face look fuller.
  • Dentures are typically covered by dental insurance, at least for a portion of your care. Even then, they remain one of the most affordable solutions for severe tooth loss.
  • Whether you need full or partial dentures, your diet will thank you after receiving them. You can enjoy many more foods you love with a denture. Even foods that were totally off the table can be more easily consumed, (especially when cut into smaller pieces.)

Denture FAQs

Set of removable dentures lying on a table

Dentures can represent a radical life change for people who are missing a lot of their teeth. While this change is drastically for the better, we still want our patients to feel comfortable and prepared before beginning treatment.

We’ll talk with you extensively about what getting a prosthetic entails when we meet you in person, but until then, we have this FAQ to help you learn more about dentures.

What Can’t You Eat with Dentures?

One of the things most people who get dentures worry about is what they’ll be able to eat. Once you’re used to it, your prosthetic will afford you a much stronger bite than you could get without them, but here are a few things that may be challenging to eat with your dentures.

  • Sticky, gummy foods that could potentially pull your dentures out of place. This includes peanut butter, gummy candy, etc.
  • Foods that easily break into pieces, like nuts and popcorn. These shards can potentially get stuck under your dentures, irritating your gums.
  • Harder foods, like carrots and apples, should be okay to eat occasionally. Overdoing it, however, could potentially put an undue amount of pressure on your gums. Similarly, tougher meats can also put a fair amount of stress on your prosthetic.

What Do I Do If My Dentures Don’t Fit Properly?

When you first get your dentures from us, they’ll be meticulously tailored to fit your mouth. However, it’s common for people with dentures to have their jaw shrink over time. If your dentures start to feel a little bit loose, or if you notice yourself being overly reliant on dental adhesive, this may be the case for you.

In that case, we can reline your dentures for you. A soft reline involves adding an additional layer of padding to your dentures so they fit and can be done within a single visit. Hard relines are more extensive, but they’d require us to send your prosthetic to a separate lab in order to do it. If your dentures don’t fit, talk to us and we’ll be able to help you.

Can I Use Regular Toothpaste to Clean My Dentures?

It’s important to brush and rinse off your dentures every day in order to prevent plaque buildup. However, it’s usually a good idea not to use toothpaste when you do this.

That’s because dentures are made of acrylic, which is substantially softer than your natural enamel. Toothpaste tends to contain mild abrasives that are perfectly fine for your teeth, but they’ll leave small scratches on your dentures that can become a host for bacteria. For this reason, it’s also a good idea to use soft-bristled toothbrushes as opposed to those with harder bristles.

In lieu of toothpaste, you should use specialized denture cleaners. You could also use mild dishwashing detergent in a pinch.

Can I Sleep with My Dentures?

We strongly recommend against wearing your dentures to bed. Your gums need time to rest, and if you don’t give that to them, you could start to develop denture sores. It’s also possible that leaving your dentures in could create a nest of bacterial infection under your prosthetic.

We would usually tell you to wear your dentures for a full 24 hours when you first get them, but after that, you need to leave your dentures in a soaking solution overnight to disinfect them