Davis Family Dentistry
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dentures and Partials

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When it comes to your dental care, you might have questions – and you should!

At Davis Family Dentistry, we believe in providing patient-guided dentistry, so you decide on your goals for your smile and we'll help get you there! This involves educating you about your oral health so you can make confident decisions about the care that's right for your needs.

We always welcome your questions and have provided some of those we hear most often for your convenience. If you don't find the answers to your questions here, feel free to contact our office.

Dentures and Partials

If you have a removable denture, you should take it out every night before you sleep. Gently brush the denture using a soft toothbrush or denture brush. Then, store the prosthetic overnight in water or cleaning solution. If you have remaining healthy teeth, continue to brush and floss them each day to avoid additional tooth loss. If you are fully edentulous (without teeth), you can carefully brush your gums to remove food and plaque, and you may want to use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to keep your gums healthy. Patients with implant retained dentures can brush these prosthetics the way they would healthy, natural teeth. Flossing will be a little trickier. We can show you proper technique to remove plaque and food that can get trapped between the denture base and gum tissue. Regardless of what type of denture you select, visiting our office every six months is essential. During these biannual dental appointments, we’ll examine the fit and function of your denture and help you keep them looking and feeling great. Traditional dentures typically need to be replaced every five to ten years, but with proper care, your implant retained denture may last for two decades or longer.

Partials are tooth replacement prosthetics that fill gaps in the smile. Following extensive tooth loss, these dentures allow us to retain healthy teeth while restoring healthy function. These tooth replacement prosthetics use a gum colored base material that is crafted to fit between healthy teeth. The replacement teeth are attached to this base, and the entire partial denture is anchored in place with clasps attached to healthy teeth.

Full dentures also use a gum colored base material to support replacement teeth. Because there are no remaining teeth to provide support, the base material is crafted to fit against the gums, creating suction that holds the denture in place. For added support, some patients choose to use a small amount of denture adhesive.

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