Breeze Dental

Dentures Fairfax VA

If you are missing multiple teeth, you may be considering a tooth replacement option. While many people opt for implants, they can be pricey for many. That’s why many people go for the tried-and-true dentures.

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. You can take them out and put them back in when needed. While dentures are not the same as one’s natural teeth, technology has made them more natural-looking and comfortable than ever before.

There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. The best one for you will depend on the number of teeth to be replaced as well as the cost involved. The dentists at Breeze Dental can assess your mouth and advise you of your options. Call them today at (703) 273-5545.

 

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How Do They Work?


Full sets consist of a flesh-colored base that fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, while the lower set is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Both are made of acrylic.

Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and will send them to a lab so your dentures can be custom-made to fit your mouth. 

Types of Removable Mouth Appliances

There are three main types. Your dentist will determine which is best for you.

  • Conventional Full Set. This is the most common type of denture. This type of denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. You will be without teeth for several months as your mouth heals. 
  • Immediate Full Set. With an immediate full denture, your dentist will have the denture ready as soon as your teeth are removed. While these dentures are a convenience, since you never have to be without your teeth, they must be adjusted and refined later on. This is because the jawbone tends to reshape as it heals, causing the denture to loosen.
  • Partial Set. A partial denture attaches to your natural teeth using a metal framework. Partial dentures are similar to bridges, but they can be removed. In some cases, crowns may be placed on your natural teeth to add support and anchor the denture in place.

How Long Before I Get Used to My Set?


It is not uncommon for new sets to feel awkward at first. They may be uncomfortable for even a few months. It may take some practice to eat and speak comfortably. As the muscles in your tongue and cheeks learn to hold your set in place, your dentures may feel bulky or loose. Some denture users also experience excessive saliva flow, soreness, and irritation. See your dentist if you experience persistent irritation since this will make your set  very uncomfortable to wear.

Will Eating With New Set Be Difficult?

Eating with new dentures may be a little uncomfortable at first. Eating will take some practice. Start by eating soft foods and cutting larger foods into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and avoid bones and shells. You should also avoid foods that are sticky or hard, such as gum. Don’t use toothpicks while wearing dentures.

How Long Do They Last?


Removable mouth appliances can last 5-8 years with proper care. However, they may need to be adjusted over time. In some cases, your denture may need to be relined, rebased or even remade altogether due to normal wear. Also, your mouth naturally changes as you age. This can cause your dentures to loosen, which can make chewing difficult. See your dentist every year for a checkup to get your dentures adjusted.

Caring for Your Set

It’s important to take good care of your dentures so they can last a long time. Follow these tips:

  • Handle your set delicately. When handling them, stand over a folded towel or basin of water in case you drop them.
  • Don’t let your set dry out. Place them in a cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when not in use. Just don’t use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
  • Brush your set daily. This will remove food deposits and plaque, and prevent stains. 
  • Use a soft-bristled brush to brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning. Do this before you insert your dentures to increase circulation in your tissues and remove plaque.
  • Let your dentist know if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. While it may be tempting to try to fix them yourself, this can cause them to become even more damaged. Have them looked at by an expert.

Contact Us Today

Dentures are a great way to replace multiple missing teeth. They can improve your ability to eat, speak and chew. There are several types available. Contact Breeze Dental and schedule a consultation today by calling (703) 273-5545.