Experienced Buffalo Dentist Explains The Denture Process

In the following educational dental video, experienced Buffalo dentist Douglas Hamill DDS discusses what goes into crafting the perfect denture, and the reason you might need them. If you or someone you love is interested in getting affordable dentures in the Western New York area, contact us today to arrange a free consultation. 

How Do I Know If I Need A Denture?

If you feel that you need a denture, the first thing is to schedule a checkup with your dentist. If all your teeth are significantly infected with periodontal disease or extensive decay, you may be a strong candidate for dentures. However, teeth can be saved, and we prefer to try to save teeth before we consider replacing them with a denture or other appliance.

There are two basic types of dentures: those with metal frames and those without. A denture made of materials other than metal can be more cosmetically pleasing, but those made of metal are often more durable. There is not much pain involved in receiving dentures. Soreness can ensue if teeth must be extracted before a patient can be fit for their denture, but generally if that is not the case there will be no pain, aside from some minor discomfort. If your new dentures causes sore spots in your mouth, your dentist will have to relieve the spot that is causing the pain. This can be caused by an ill-fitting denture or some other issue that we can quickly identify and remedy with the help of our 3D panoramic x-ray machine we recently added to our practice.

Dentures can be inserted during the same day as the removal of the diseased teeth. This type of denture is referred to as an immediate denture. However, immediate dentures must be either relined or replaced as the tissues of the mouth heal and shrink as you become accustomed to your new dentures.

How To Care For Your Denture

It is not recommended to brush a denture. Most pharmacies sell over-the-counter solutions that will clean them during an overnight soaking. It is inadvisable to sleep in dentures every night, as the teeth will need to soak in the cleaning solution overnight in order for plaque and bacteria to be removed. Your oral tissues will also benefit from overnight exposure to air.

Whether you can eat normally depends on the fit of the denture and how much bony ridge exists in your mouth. It may be difficult to chew as well as you could with your original teeth, but generally dentures provide the same or similar stability and function as your original teeth when properly placed. Again, we always recommend trying to save the teeth, if at all possible but dentures are a great alternative to missing teeth for those whose teeth cannot be saved. If your denture becomes loose and you are experiencing difficulty when you are eating or talking, it could be time for a reline.

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

If you are in need of a new denture, cost is likely one of the considerations you will factor into your decision. At our practice, we try to keep the cost of dentures reasonable and affordable. We also gladly offer flexible payment plans to help pay for them over time. Furthermore, your dental insurance will likely cover part or even all of the cost. If you have concerns over the price of your new denture, schedule a free consultation today and let us help you make an informed decision about your oral health.

Do you think you might benefit from dentures? Contact experienced dentist in Buffalo, Douglas Hamill DDS to schedule a consultation. He has over 25 years of experience in restorative dentistry and prides himself on providing affordable dental care in a professional environment utilizing the latest in dental technology. Learn more about how a new denture can help improve your smile and function today.

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