Restore the Form and Function of Your Smile with Custom-Made Dentures
At Amity Gentle Dental in Amity, AR, we can provide attractive partial and complete dentures to restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Dr. Chester V. Clark, Jr. is a biologic dentist who focuses on whole body health. He recognizes how important dental function is to your health and can design a set of custom dentures to suit your specific needs. We can also provide a set of dentures supported by high-quality, biocompatible dental implants.
Types of Dentures
A denture consists of artificial teeth supported by a flesh-colored acrylic base, which fits over your gums. Depending on the extent of tooth loss, you may need a partial or full denture.
There is an option for denture wearers who have poor ridges and who struggle to keep their dentures in place while they chew. Implants transfer chewing pressures to the jaw bone instead of to gum tissue. Implant supported dentures are a wonderful solution for patients with these needs!
Full dentures are appropriate for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth in either or both jaws. In the upper jaw, the base of the denture covers your entire palate, while in the lower jaw, the base is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
Partial dentures also consist of an acrylic base and prosthetic teeth. They are intended for patients who have lost some, but not all, of their teeth. Dr. Clark may recommend a denture held in place by adjacent healthy teeth or dental implants.
What is Involved?
The first appointment is to evaluate your ridges or remaining teeth. A visual exam is performed along with 3 dimensional x-rays. If you are considering a partial denture, Dr. Clark wants to make sure your remaining teeth are healthy and likely to last for several more years. You can discuss your goals and budget with him at this time.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, customized dentures/partials from Amity Gentle Dental can restore your natural smile and improve chewing function.
Your next step will be to take impressions so that models can be sent to our trusted dental laboratory. The third step will be taking bite records and choosing the shade and shape of the teeth. With complete dentures another important appointment is to try in the unprocessed denture with the teeth set in wax to verify appearance, function. The final step is to deliver the denture or partial and make adjustment for complete comfort. Often Dr. Clark wants to see his denture patients the day following the delivery of the new denture, to take care of any discomfort the patient is experiencing.
If you elect to receive an implant-supported denture, the process of receiving your prosthetic will be different and include implant placement surgery. The timeline for implant-supported restorations is typically between three and six months.
Adjusting to Your Dentures
It may take a couple of weeks, or even months, for you to become comfortable with your new dentures. They may feel loose or bulky until the muscles in your cheeks and tongue become accustomed to holding the restoration in place. Some patients also experience extra saliva production, minor irritation, or soreness while they adjust. Adjustments are provided free of charge for up to six month following delivery.
Caring for Your Dentures
With proper care, your dentures can last for many years. However, they may require relining, rebasing, or other repairs. Dr. Clark can advise you on the most effective care methods at our office. We recommend brushing your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush. In addition, you should keep your dentures in a cleanser solution or plain, cool water when they are not in place to prevent them from drying out.
Restore Your Smile Today
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, a set of customized dentures from Amity Gentle Dental can restore the natural form and function of your smile. For more information about traditional dentures or a restoration supported by dental implants, contact our office online or call us at (870) 342-5265 today.