Denture FAQ’s in Grand Rapids, MI

Always A Smile Dental’s Dentures FAQ Page 

If you’re a Grand Rapids, MI resident with questions surrounding dentures, the office of Ronald M. Olszewski DDS at Always A Smile Dental has the answers. For nearly three decades, we have been delivering preventative, cosmetic, and restorative services to our patients, ensuring we remain your one-stop shop for oral care as well as a trusted dentist office in the Grand Rapids area. With a friendly, knowledgeable, and highly trained staff, we can help with all your cosmetic dentistry needsAs there are many great cosmetic solutions for missing or damaged teeth, dentures are a natural-looking and comfortable replacement option. Keep reading for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions regarding dentures. 

How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?  

After teeth are pulled in preparation for dentures, it is best to wait six to eight months before denture construction is started. This is because shrinking gums from bone loss are unpredictable and vary for each patient. The gums and oral tissue need ample time to heal before dentures can be effectively set. Waiting this amount of time may seem extreme, but this waiting period guarantees the dentures will be the ideal fit. When your dentures are fitted to your healed mouth, the less time and money you will have to spend on additional remakes or realignments as your mouth changes over the healing process. After saying this in practice this is rarely done.  Here we almost always do immediate dentures. 

Can I get my teeth pulled and dentures in the same day? 

Yes! Immediate dentures are dentures that can be inserted into a patient‘s mouth immediately after the teeth are removed.  We usually make a temporary denture while you heal because having an instant perfect smile is crucial to many patients. Ronald M. Olszewski at Always A Smile Dental will advise you of the procedure that best suits your individual needs.     

What are the different types of dentures?  

Dentures are custom-made from an impression of the patient’s mouth and come in various types to meet each person’s unique needs. The office of Ronald M. Olszewski DDS offers the following denture options to our Grand Rapids, MI patients: 

  • Complete Denture– Complete dentures are often necessary when several teeth need to be replaced as an arch. There are two varieties: conventional dentures and immediate dentures. Traditional dentures are placed in the mouth after the teeth are removed, and the tissue has had time to heal completely. Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, you will not have to go without teeth, though you will need to have your dentures refitted after the healing process. 
  • Partial Dentures – A partial denture is recommended for a patient who still has healthy teeth remaining. Partials rest on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Dentures can often be used in conjunction with implants for enhanced bite stability. Sometimes crowns will be placed on your natural teeth to serve as an anchor for dentures. Partial dentures are great for those who wish for a removable alternative to bridges. 
  • Implant-Supported Dentures  Implant-supported dentures are a type of overdenture supported by and attached to dental implants. This option is used when a patient does not have any existing teeth left but does have enough bone in their jaw to support implants. The denture is held in place by attachments that can be snapped onto the implants. 

Do dentures look natural?  

Yes! There are a plethora of ways to ensure your dentures look as natural as possible. At Always A Smile Dental, we are sure to pick the size, shape, and shade that will be cohesive to your overall look. An essential aspect to your dentures looking natural in your mouth is to ensure they fit correctly. In addition, if you have remaining teeth, we can provide dentures that match the shade of your existing teeth.  

Do dentures have to be removed at night?  

You should try to remove your dentures every night. After removal, clean them thoroughly and place them in a container with a denture cleanser or water to soak overnight. Doing this will ensure your dentures do not lose their shape and work to prolong their life by keeping them free of stains and bacteria buildup. Additionally, removing your dentures at night gives your gum tissues a chance to rest and heal.  

When should you consider dentures?  

There are many early signs that a patient may benefit from dentures. These include: 

  • Severe toothaches – Toothaches that won’t go away could be a sign of decay that has made its way to your nerve. While a root canal can often fix this sort of problem, many times, the tooth will have decayed beyond a point of salvage, which will then require dental implants or dentures.   
  • Red and swollen gums – Sensitive gums that are red and swollen are typically the warning signs of periodontal disease. The further gum disease progresses, the worse it will become. And if left untreated, bone loss will begin, and tooth loss will occur. If gum disease advances too far, you will most likely have to resort to dentures as a restorative option. 
  • Loose or moving teeth – Loose teeth will typically signal decay, and since you can’t see below the gums, there may be significant damage occurring out of your sight. Additionally, teeth that move indicate something more severe may be going on. Both may result in the need for tooth removal and dentures. 
  • Difficulty chewing or digesting foods – One symptom that may be a less-obvious indicator of the need for dentures is painful chewing. This is usually a sign that your teeth have significant damage. Another sign of tooth decay that many people overlook is chronic indigestion. When your teeth are not functioning correctly, it becomes harder to chew. This results in larger bites that can lead to stomach pain.  
  • You’re already missing several teeth – If you’ve already lost multiple teeth, dentures or some other form of restorative dentistry will be necessary. The more time you go without dentures, the more likely it will be that you start losing additional teeth.   

Can you wear dentures if you have bone loss?  

Dentures do not provide the stimulation needed to prevent bone loss, which is necessary to maintain optimal oral health. If you are looking for a restorative option for missing teeth, dental implants are your best bet since they improve bone density by mimicking the function of a regular tooth. 

How do you whiten dentures?  

Things like whitening toothpaste, bleach, and chlorine can degrade your dentures and make them less efficient. If you are concerned about the color of your artificial teeth, be sure to ask your dentist about recommended non-abrasive denture cleaner, or have them professionally cleaned at our Grand Rapids, MI office. 

What are dentures made of?  

Generally, dentures are made of acrylic resin or porcelain and metal.  

How should dentures fit in your mouth?  

Your top dentures should suction smoothly to your gums, and your bottom dentures should float just above your gums. A snug fit is best, so you don’t have to risk any embarrassing slipouts. 

How do I store dentures overnight? 

Dentures should be taken out overnight and stored in a glass to soak. Many types of dentures need to stay moist to keep their shape. Place your dentures in a glass of water or denture-soaking solution as you sleep for the best care. 

How do you make your dentures fit better? 

The best advice we can give here is to make sure you make regular follow-up dental visits the first month or so after getting dentures. This way, we can adjust your dentures to fit snugly and naturally in your mouth. 

What do partial dentures look like? 

Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base that resembles a type of retainer. This base is sometimes connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more of a patient’s natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. 

At Always A Smile Dental, the office of Ronald M. Olszewski DDS can answer any further questions you have about dentures. Contact us today to learn if you are an appropriate candidate for dentures in the Grand Rapids, MI area. We look forward to being your one-stop shop for comprehensive dental care. 

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