Complete Dentures

Due to tooth decay and loss that can happen with age, complete dentures may be necessary. Complete dentures are removable prosthetics for missing teeth that are custom made out of an acrylic resin. Dentures are used to replace teeth where there are no teeth remaining. Implants can be put in place to anchor a complete set of dentures. Dentures help give you the ability to properly chew your food which is a difficult task when teeth are missing. They may also improve speech and help prevent a sagging face by providing support for your lips and cheeks. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and give you back your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance, your health and even how you feel about yourself. 

There are various types of dentures. A conventional, full-denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed.  An immediate, complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. Dr. Polasky takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. 

New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. They may feel loose while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness until you become accustomed to your dentures. You may also find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As you become used to your dentures, these problems should diminish. Dr. Polasky is always there to answer your questions and put you at ease with follow-up appointments to identify and resolve any concerns you may have.

Dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that the only change in your appearance will be a positive one. Dentures may improve the look of your smile and will certainly help fill out the appearance of your face and profile.  

Even if you wear full dentures, you must still take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures and again at night when you’ve removed your dentures. Brushing will stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.