Whether you’ve lost the majority of your teeth to gum disease or an injury, dentures can help restore your smile. At Central Maine Denture in Bangor, Maine, Patrick Allen, LD offers a variety of restorative dentistry options. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Dentures are removable, custom-made appliances that replace your missing teeth. Not only do dentures improve the appearance of your smile, they also prevent your cheeks from sagging and help you eat and speak more clearly.
At Central Maine Denture, Patrick is proud to offer the IvoBaseⓇ processing system, which ensures the most accurate fit possible. The goal of the IvoBase system is to mimic the size, shape, texture, and placement of real teeth, providing you with the most life-like tooth replacement option.
During a preliminary visit, Patrick examines your gum tissue, bone structure, and any existing teeth. Next, he takes an impression of your mouth and measures your facial features. He also takes a bite registration to ensure your dental appliance will fit properly and look as natural as possible. Combining the results of your jaw measurements, facial landmarks, and specific preferences, he advises you on the best denture option to meet your individual needs.
There are two types of full dentures: conventional and immediate. The details of the fitting process depend on the type you choose. With either option, Patrick must first remove your remaining teeth to make room for your dentures.
If you choose a conventional denture, Patrick waits until your mouth has fully healed from the tooth extractions before he takes an impression of your mouth — full healing can take up to one year. Dentures can be placed prior to full healing with the understanding that more aftercare may be involved.
Conventional dentures are custom-made to fit the new contours of your gums and jaw, and they typically require several visits to ensure a perfect fit.
If you choose immediate dentures, Patrick creates your dentures from the impression he takes prior to removing your teeth. This allows you to leave the dentist’s office with a full set of teeth the same day of your tooth extraction.
Because your gums and the jaw bones in your mouth will shrink during the healing process, your immediate dentures will need to be adjusted and have soft liners placed to fit as securely as possible during the healing process.
It’s important to note that immediate dentures require a long process to make them comfortable and to re-establish speaking and eating. Patrick likes to say it’s a marathon not a sprint to get you comfortable with immediate dentures.
Maintaining good oral hygiene can drastically help with the success of your dentures. Before you insert your dentures in the morning, Patrick Allen recommends brushing your gums, tongue, and even the roof of your mouth every day to stimulate your blood circulation and remove existing plaque. Although you no longer have your natural teeth, you should continue to brush your dentures daily to remove food particles and prevent plaque buildup.
When you’re not wearing your dentures, Patrick recommends putting them in a container covered in water to keep them from warping or changing shape.
If you've lost most of your teeth and want to explore your denture options, call Central Maine Denture today or book an appointment online.