If you’ve lost numerous teeth or a full row of teeth, don’t put off your dental restoration for even one more day. Instead, call the caring dentist and dentistry team at Boyd & Walther Dental Associates to schedule a tooth replacement consultation right away. During your consultation in our state-of-the-art Tallahassee dental office, we’ll review all of your tooth replacement options and help you make the best choice to fully restore your smile to the optimal level of oral health and function. We provide a wide range of restorative solutions for patients following extensive tooth loss, including traditional partial and full dentures. Today, we offer custom crafted removable dentures that are made from the highest quality, lightweight materials to ensure complete comfort and optimal function.
A partial denture is a tooth replacement prosthetic that fills in gaps between missing teeth while maintaining healthy tooth structure. These prosthetics are crafted by using a gum colored base to fit snuggly between remaining teeth. The replacement teeth are attached to the base material, and the entire prosthetic is held in place with clasps attached to surrounding healthy tooth structures.
A full denture is a prosthetic used to replace an entire row of missing teeth. A gum colored base is shaped to fit against the gum line and provide support for the full row of replacement teeth. When they are properly fitted, full dentures sit firmly against the gum tissue, creating suction that holds them in place. In some cases, patients will also use a small amount of denture adhesive to increase the stability of their denture.
Patients will need a partial or full denture following advanced tooth loss. Once you’ve received your initial partial or full denture, you will need to have a new denture crafted every five to seven years in order to maintain proper fit and function of your dental prosthetic.
Caring for a partial or full denture is relatively simple. Before you go to bed at night, you should remove your denture and carefully brush it using a soft bristled toothbrush or denture brush to remove food particles and plaque buildup. You should then store the denture in cool water or cleaning solution overnight. If you have any healthy teeth remaining, you should continue brushing and flossing them as usual. Even if you are fully edentulous (without teeth), you should clean your gums gently by brushing or using an antimicrobial mouth rinse. In the mornings, you should follow the same treatment process for any remaining teeth and your gum tissue. Then, remove your denture from the water or cleaning solution, rinse the denture with cool water, and replace it. Every six months, you will need to visit our dental office for a dental exam and cleaning. During these visits, we can often make small adjustments to help you maintain the best possible fit and function throughout the life of your denture.