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Alan Paul Friz, DDS | Dentures in Huntingburg

Family and Implant Dentistry of Huntingburg, LLC

 

1411 N Chestnut Street                                                         
Huntingburg, IN 47542                                                         
812-683-5810                                                          

 

Dentures

 

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Alan Paul Friz, DDS in Huntingburg IN

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. While there are dentists that offer "economy dentures"made from softer plastics, Dr. Friz only offers "Premium Dentures" of high impact durable plastic, thus avoiding all of the later problems caused by using softer plastics.  There are three types of full dentures.

  • Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the bone and gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
  • Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, Dr. Friz takes impressions and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to reline your dentures to fit because the jaw bone will change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened [relined] after the jaw bone has healed.  Some dentists charge more for the Immediate Full Denture to take into account the need for the follow-up reline.  However, Dr. Friz has the same fee for Immediate and Conventional dentures.  The Denture Reline is then charged at the time of the reline, saving you, the patient, that cost up front.
  • Full Overdenture - The Full Overdenture looks like a conventional denture.  However, the denture is supported by either your teeth or dental implants under the denture.  [See video below]

 

Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.

Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles. A denture cleaning solution can be used to clean the denture daily. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don't drop them. When they are not in your, they should be stored in a denture cup/bath.  Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them.  You should always seek assistance from Dr. Friz if they feel uncomfortable or loose.  Most people find that a yearly exam to check the fit of the denture, the health of the supporting tissues, and to screen for oral cancer is beneficial.

Denture Relines

Dentures that have been in service for a while will become loose as time goes by.  The denture stays the same, but the bone and gums change.  If the denture teeth are not worn out and they come together as they should, a new denture may not be needed.  A denture reline will fill in the voids left by the shrinking bone and will once again provide a stable denture for you.  We can usually complete a denture reline in the same day, so you will not need to go without your teeth.

A mold of your mouth is taken using your denture as the impression tray.  This is then processed in the lab, providing a denture that fits like new.