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Dentures – Crystal River, FL

We Can Give You Back Your Full Smile

At Signature Dental Care, we understand better than most how difficult it can be to have missing teeth. Whether you just have a few gaps in your grin or you’re missing all of your pearly whites, you may have a hard time eating, talking, and confidently smiling in front of others. That’s why Dr. Lisa Schnell, your Crystal River dentist, can restore your smile with full or partial dentures. Keep reading to learn more about these custom-made restorations and how they can benefit you.

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Why Choose Signature Dental Care for Dentures?

  • Friendly Staff Treats Every Patient Like Family
  • Incredibly Lifelike Materials
  • Dentist with More Than 30 Years of Experience

What Are Dentures?

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A denture is a set of customizable prosthetic teeth that replace some or all of a patient’s pearly whites on either the top or bottom row. While the dentures your grandparents wore may have felt or looked unnatural, modern dental technology has advanced to the point that today’s dentures resemble your natural teeth almost perfectly. Dentures can be either removable (traditional dentures) or permanently fixed in the mouth (implant-retained dentures).

Types of Dentures

full and partial dentures

No matter how many missing teeth you need replaced, we here at Signature Dental Care can create a highly customized prosthetic for you. There are three main types of dentures:

Full Dentures

Made from a pink acrylic base, full dentures sit comfortably on top of your gums and remain in place with natural suction (and a bit of denture adhesive if need be). They consist of an entire arch of prosthetic teeth and can restore up to 70% of your original biting force.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture, also known as a partial, is made from a metal framework onto which your new ceramic teeth are anchored. Each partial is customized to your unique specifications so that it blends in with the rest of your remaining teeth. Instead of suction or denture adhesive, partials are held in place with clasps or clips that are attached to your healthy teeth.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Even with the advancements in modern dental technology that have made today’s dentures so lifelike and comfortable, you might be looking for a bit more security than potentially messy denture adhesive or metal clasps. In that case, you can get four to six dental implants placed directly into your jawbone to not only stimulate new bone growth, but hold a full or partial denture in place.

Over the course of the next three to six months, the implants will fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once this process is complete, you’ll return to our Crystal River office, where we can restore your implants with either a full or partial denture, depending on your needs. Because implants function as the roots of your teeth, you can trust that your denture will have a sturdy foundation and will be significantly less likely to slip around or lose its fit over the years like conventional dentures often do.

Benefits of Dentures

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If you’re still on the fence about getting dentures, here are a few reasons to consider them:

  • Offer a restored ability to talk, chew, and smile
  • Offer a long-lasting solution to either full or partial tooth loss
  • Boost your self-confidence
  • Improve your overall appearance
  • Support your facial muscles, keeping you looking young and vibrant

Are you ready to bring back your smile with full, partial, or implant-retained dentures in Crystal River? Then contact us today. We can give you back your full smile!

Dentures FAQs

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Are you still unsure about whether to replace your missing teeth with a set of dentures? Even after reading about all the benefits of dentures above, you might still have some questions about the treatment process, especially if you have never worn dentures before. That’s why Dr. Lisa Schnell has taken the time to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about dentures.

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

Because every case of missing teeth is different, there is no set cost of getting dentures. At your consultation, Dr. Schnell can go over not only a personalized treatment timeline, but a customized payment plan. The amount you’ll end up paying for your new teeth will vary depending on several factors, such as:

  • How many teeth you’re missing
  • The type of dentures you’re receiving
  • The materials used to create your dentures
  • Any pre-denture treatment you need, like gum disease therapy or bone grafting

How Do I Clean My Dentures?

Keeping your dentures clean is imperative when it comes to maintaining excellent oral health. Here are a few tips to make sure they stay free of plaque and germs:

  • Use a special denture brush and cleaning solution to brush your dentures at least once a day
  • After each time you eat, remove and rinse off your dentures
  • After each time you remove your dentures, gently brush your tongue, gums, and palate with an ultra-soft toothbrush
  • Be careful when handling your dentures so as not to drop them
  • At night, soak your dentures in either a denture cleaning solution or room temperature water
  • Schedule regular checkups with our friendly team every six months

How Can I Get Adjusted to Wearing My Dentures?

When you first receive your dentures, it may take several weeks to grow fully accustomed to wearing them. During this period, it’s crucial that you continue wearing your dentures as much as possible during the waking hours to help your mouth get used to them. Here are some exercises to help speed the adjustment process along:

  • Use a small amount of denture adhesive when eating
  • Cut your food into bite-sized chunks
  • Practice reading your favorite book out loud
  • Sing in the shower!

How Much Denture Adhesive Should I Use?

Before you put on any denture adhesive, it’s important that your dentures are clean and dry. Apply the adhesive in a series of small dots or strips to ensure the coverage is even. Avoid applying the adhesive too close to the edge of your dentures and use only a very small amount to start. Applying too much or too close to the edge can make them more difficult to remove before bed. For a more secure fit, press and hold your dentures firmly in place.