Dentures Opelika AL

If you are missing teeth, dentures may be the right solution for you. Dentures have come a long way since the days of false teeth, and today’s dentures are more realistic and comfortable than ever before. Dentures can replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues, giving you the confidence to smile and eat without worry. If you are considering dentures, our dentists at East Alabama Dental Group in Opelika, AL would be happy to discuss your options with you.

Different types of dentures

Two types of dentures are available, complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed. The denture is then placed in the mouth. Complete dentures rely on suction and natural tissue to stay in place, but they can also be secured with dental implants for added stability.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain in the mouth. The denture attaches to your natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments for a secure fit. A bridge can also be a solution for you in this instance.

Caring for dentures

Dentures need to be cleaned daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleanser. Dentures should also be rinsed with water after eating to remove any food particles. Dentures should be stored in a denture cleanser solution or water when they are not being worn.

Are dentures covered by insurance?

It really depends on your insurance, but in most cases, it can be covered at least partially. You may need to contact your dental insurance provider. If you have questions about coverage, our staff may be able to help you.

How are dentures made?

The denture process usually takes a few weeks. During your first visit, impressions and measurements will be taken of your mouth. These impressions will be used to create a model of your teeth.

At your second appointment, you will try on the denture to make sure it fits well and looks natural. 

Once the denture is finalized, you will be able to take it home and start enjoying your new smile!

Eating with dentures

You may find that eating with dentures takes a little getting used to. Start with soft foods and cut your food into small pieces. Avoid sticky or hard foods, as they can be difficult to chew. As you get used to dentures, you will be able to eat more of the foods you love!

If you are missing teeth and considering dentures, contact East Alabama Dental Group in Opelika, AL to schedule a consultation. Our dentists will be happy to discuss your options and help you find the best solution for your needs.

If you have questions about dentures or would like to schedule an appointment, please call East Alabama Dental Group at (334) 749-5014. We look forward to helping you improve your quality of life with dentures in Opelika, AL.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the average cost of dentures?

Denture fees vary widely based on many factors including the complexity of your particular treatment, the time required to accomplish the treatment, and the location of the dental practice. Denture fees can vary depending on your needs and the prevailing fees in your community. The best way to determine fees for the services you require is to visit your dentist and discuss the care you may need. You can call us if you’re looking for dentures.

Can I sleep in my dentures?

Yes, you can wear your dentures at night but it is preferred that they be removed. You should remove your dentures at night and this will give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. If you need to wear your dentures for social reasons or to prevent your jaws from over-closing, you should find time during the day to properly clean your mouth and your prostheses. You should never wear your dentures 24 hours a day without performing proper oral hygiene. Dentures should be cleaned at night and stored in water during the night.

How much pain is involved with getting dentures?

When you’re first fitted for new dentures, it’s normal to experience minor irritation, which should fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to them. The period of pain varies. If you’ve previously worn dentures and now have a new set it may take longer. Similarly, if you had some natural teeth present that were removed at the time of the new dentures, the areas where the extractions were performed may be painful or uncomfortable for up to several weeks after the removal of the teeth. Regular visits to your prosthodontist to adjust the dentures as you go through the normal healing process are recommended.

How do you know when it’s time to reline dentures?

If the dentures no longer fit as well as they once did, you may need to have a procedure done to refit the base of the denture, called a “reline”. Check with your prosthodontist to see if your dentures can be relined. It is best not to reline your dentures with over-the-counter reline kits. This procedure, which can be done by your prosthodontist, will enable your dentures to have a tighter, better fit.

What’s the best way to take care of dentures?

Gently cleaning dentures every day is necessary for long-lasting dentures. General cleaning instructions include using a soft brush and a special cleanser, with each denture type coming with its own set of instructions for care. Always remove your dentures before sleeping to avoid damaging them, or dislodging them, and to give your gums some time to relax. Submerge your dentures fully in warm, but not hot, water to keep them from drying out and becoming misshapen. Only use denture soaking solution if your dentures do not have metal components as the solution can tarnish the metal.