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Full & Partial Dentures – Naples, FL

Beautiful Smile Replacement Options

If you’re missing teeth, we offer various types of dentures to give you the best replacement for your needs. Our team of dentists have the experience and skill to complete your smile with beauty, confidence and health. If you’re ready to improve your quality of life with a full set of teeth, contact our office today! In the meantime, you can read on to learn more about our dentures in Naples and how you could benefit from them.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Ultimately, almost anyone with tooth loss can qualify for dentures. Being suited for treatment doesn’t require much else. Of course, you should still consult our dentists before deciding anything. They and the rest of Galleria Dentistry will confirm if you’re a good dentures candidate. Even if you’re not, you can become one later through dental work. To learn more, continue reading or call us for relevant details.

Effects of Missing Teeth

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As you consider dentures, it’s a good idea to review tooth loss’ causes and effects. By doing so, you’ll better grasp how dentures might help you.

In terms of causes, tooth loss happens for various reasons. Teeth can sometimes decay to the point they fall out or need extraction. At other times, a gum infection might wear down the tissues securing your pearly whites. Some patients even get their teeth knocked out from a sports injury or accident.

Missing teeth effects are narrow but severe. For instance, a notable one is that eating, speaking, and smiling get harder. Another result of tooth loss is smile gaps, which cause jawbone erosion. (An eroded jawbone results in facial collapse if left alone.) Those same spaces can also lead to yet more tooth loss.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

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Most patients with missing teeth are good candidates for dentures. All the same, other qualifying factors do exist.

Your oral health is one such factor. After all, you need healthy gum and jaw tissues for dentures to work. That means a good dentures candidate must be committed to oral care. On the other hand, the state of your remaining teeth can impact matters. You might want dentures to replace sensitive or decaying ones.

You should also consider how many teeth you’ve lost. Depending on the number, you’ll need a partial denture or a full one. The first kind (per its name) only replaces a few of your teeth. Meanwhile, the second restores all the pearly whites along the upper or lower arch.

Finally, review your budget ahead of treatment. Dentures cost money like any other product does. Luckily, though, these restorations are cheaper than other options. They’re thus ideal for patients looking for low-cost care.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

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You don’t need to panic if you’re not a good dentures candidate. Here at Galleria Dentistry, we offer several other tooth-replacement options. The most notable of these are:

  • Dental Bridges – A dental bridge is a fixed restoration made of crowns fused to a pontic. Since it relies on surrounding teeth for support, it can only replace a few pearly whites at a time. The appliance also becomes unstable as it extends.
  • Dental Implants – Unlike other prosthetic teeth, dental implants are placed in the jawbone. Their titanium material allows them to fuse with the jaw. They do, however, depend on a patient having healthy bone tissue. They’re also somewhat expensive.

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How Dentures Are Made

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Dentures have been used for hundreds of years to replace missing teeth. Thankfully, modern dentistry allows us to offer our patients a more comfortable, lightweight, and realistic-looking denture than ever before. This prosthetic is a tooth replacement for the upper or lower jaw. We design dentures to look like your natural smile, attaching ceramic or acrylic artificial teeth to a gum-colored base. Here’s how these prosthetics are made so you know what to expect when receiving your brand-new pearly whites.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

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Dentures are comprised of two essential components: the base and the teeth. This is what each consists of:

  • Base : This is the foundation of your prosthetic and what allows you to have a sturdy bite while on the gumline. It can be fabricated with different types of materials, such as nylon, resin, metal, acrylic, or porcelain. In many cases, full dentures use acrylic due to its ability to blend seamlessly with natural gum tissue. Partial dentures, however, typically also have metal clips to support them.
  • Teeth : These artificial pearly whites are usually constructed out of resin or porcelain due to their natural-looking appearance. That said, porcelain tends to be the more sought-after option, as it has greater durability and longevity.

The Denture Creation Process

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Dentures involve a multi-step process, which typically follows these steps:

  1. Your dentist will first take impressions of your lower and upper gums as well as measurements of the jaw, which will be used for the plaster model of your mouth to help ensure the perfect fit.
  2. This replica will be sent to a dental lab for fabrication, where they’ll also make a wax version of your gumline.
  3. Artificial teeth will be placed in the wax via an “articulator” and the wax will be carved and shaped so that it can be used for the finished dentures.
  4. The lab will send us the wax version for a fitting and will be sent back to the lab for completion if approved.
  5. Back at the lab, the technician will place the dentures in a flask (or holding device) and pour plaster inside to maintain their shape. They’ll then move the flask into hot water to boil and melt the wax portions off.
  6. Holes are formed in the artificial teeth so the material can connect to them. A liquid separator is then added to the plaster portion to keep the acrylic from sticking. Acrylic is then injected into the flask to replace the wax.
  7. The plaster is removed with special lab tools to reveal the denture, which is then placed in an ultrasonic bath to extract any remaining portions of plaster.
  8. Excess acrylic will be removed from the denture, which will then be trimmed, adjusted, and polished before sending the final product to us.
  9. Once we receive your dentures, you’ll return to our office for a fitting. After any adjustments are made, you’ll be free to enjoy your new smile.

Adjusting to Your New Dentures

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It will take some time to get used to wearing your dentures, so there’s no need to worry about them when first putting them on. Some patients also feel mild discomfort or soreness, but this should only be temporary. With practice and repetition, you should be able to speak, chew, and smile more naturally. To make this process run smoother, make sure to eat softer foods that don’t require a lot of chewing, exercise your facial muscles often, and try using denture adhesive when necessary. Give our team a call if you notice any discomfort persisting for too long, and we’ll be happy to help.

Denture Options

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In order to give our patients the replacement that works best for them, we offer 3 different types of dentures:

  • Partial dentures: This replacement completes the missing teeth in your smile while keeping your remaining natural dental structure intact. Partial dentures can seamlessly fill in the parts of your smile like missing pieces to a puzzle. They are typically held in place with clasps for a secure smile.
  • Full dentures: Are you missing most or all of your smile? We can use full dentures to replace your entire set of teeth. Traditional dentures are held in place with suction, or even some denture adhesive.
  • Implant-retained dentures: If you want the most stable and healthy smile replacement, this is the best option. Using an average of 4 dental implants, we can permanently secure a denture to your jawbone for the most comfortable, natural looking, and strong set of teeth. Plus, dental implants come with numerous health advantages such as jawbone preservation and comfort.

Benefits of Dentures

Different types of dentures

Dentures are one of our most popular restorative dentistry services because of these benefits:

  • Personalization: No matter the denture you choose, we custom make each prosthetic to meet your desired results.
  • Diet: Dentures allow you to eat a more varying diet, promoting better health and giving you the ability to eat tastier food.
  • Longevity: With proper care, you can enjoy your dentures for around 7 years.
  • Appearance: Our dentures are made to match your original smile. Or, if you want to change the color, shade, and shape of your teeth, we can create the smile of your dreams.

The Cost of Dentures

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The cost of your treatment will depend on a few factors, which is why it’s hard to give a precise estimate without examining your smile. Partial, full, and implant dentures each have a different cost associated with them. Plus, dental insurance may be able to partially cover your dentures, causing cost to vary in most cases. The best way to know the price of your potential denture is to come into our office for a consultation. One of our dentists will carefully examine your smile before developing a personalized treatment plan.

Dentures Aftercare

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What will you need to do to take care of your dentures? For one thing, you should continue seeing your dentist even if you don’t have any natural teeth left. They’ll be able to examine your dentures to see if they have become damaged or worn down; they can also check for signs of gum disease as well as potential symptoms of oral cancer.

As for the kind of care that you should give your dentures at home, our team will provide detailed instructions once you have received your final prosthesis. Below are some of the most important steps you’ll need to follow for good denture maintenance. 

Removable Dentures

Remove After Eating

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Just like your natural teeth, your dentures need to be cleaned regularly to ensure that no food debris is left behind. Whenever you finish a meal, head to the nearest available sink, take out your dentures, and rinse them off gently. Make sure that the water isn’t too hot; heat can cause your dentures to change shape, and they might not fit on the gums as well afterward.

Clean Your Restoration

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Dentures need to be cleaned on a daily basis. You can use a denture cleanser, but brushing it with unscented hand soap or mild dish soap can also be an effective way to get rid of harmful bacteria. Make sure that the toothbrush you’re using has soft bristles that are unlikely to damage the materials that the denture is made of.

When you don’t plan on putting your dentures back in your mouth right away, keep them in a denture-cleaning solution; they need to stay moist at all times.

Keep Your Dentures Safe

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You should take a few simple precautions to lower the odds of your dentures becoming damaged by accident:

  • Put a towel under your head when taking your dentures out so that you don’t risk dropping them on the floor.
  • Always handle your dentures with care during your daily cleanings.
  • Don’t leave your dentures in a spot where a young child or a pet could get ahold of them.

Remove Dentures When You Sleep

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As tempting as it can sometimes be to simply go straight to bed while leaving your dentures in your mouth, your prosthesis should always be removed at night. It’s not healthy for your jawbone or your gum tissue to wear your dentures 24/7. Furthermore, since the area between the dentures and the gums tends to be moist and dark, leaving your dentures in for too long could lead to bacteria buildup.

Notice Changes

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Certain changes could indicate that your dentures need to be repaired or replaced soon. Call us right away if:

  • The gum tissue underneath your dentures is sore, irritated, or has become infected.
  • Your dentures are cracked or have been damaged in some other way.
  • Your dentures shift around and don’t seem to fit properly anymore.

Denture FAQs

Frequently asked questions about dentures

Dentures in Naples have been used for generations to rebuild complete smiles for patients who have experienced severe tooth loss. Although they are tried and proven, veneers are a big investment, and it's normal to have a few concerns about the road ahead. Your dentist at Galleria Dentistry will explain everything at your consultation to ease any apprehensions. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Can I Sleep with My Dentures in My Mouth?

Your dentist will instruct you to wear your dentures for 24 hours after receiving them. However, after the first day, get in the habit of taking them out before going to bed. No one wants to be caught without their teeth, but your gums need a break. Your dentures will restrict blood circulation to the soft tissues, which can lead to sores, inflammation, and infections if your gums aren't given time to recuperate. Removing your dentures at night allows your gums to get the vital nutrients they need to stay healthy. Besides brushing your dentures before bed, place them in an overnight soaking solution to kill any bacteria left behind by your toothbrush. You'll keep your mouth healthy and prolong the lifespan of your dentures.

Do Upper Dentures Always Cover the Palate?

It's not unusual to have concerns about an upper denture changing the way food tastes. However, a top denture doesn't always have to cover the roof of your mouth. There are many types of dentures to choose from, like those with a horseshoe shape. It will look like a denture used for the lower arch or along with dental implants. Your denture dentist in Naples will explain all your options to find the perfect denture for your needs and preferences.

Do I Use Regular Toothpaste to Clean My Dentures?

Although your dentures may look like your real teeth, they can't be cleaned the same way. Toothpaste can be abrasive, which can scratch your dentures. Not only can this make them look discolored, but food particles and plaque can get trapped in the small crevices, weakening your denture over time and causing unpleasant odors. It's best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and not abrasive toothpaste or a mild dishwashing liquid. You can also purchase over-the-counter cleaning kits designed for denture wearers.

Can I Eat Steak with Dentures?

It's entirely possible to eat steak with dentures, but your dentist will advise you limit how often you eat it. Chewy meats will put additional wear and tear on your denture, which can cause you to need replacements sooner. It can also cause sore gums and jaw pain from prolonged chewing. If you can't resist a juicy steak, cut it into small pieces to make it easier to chew. A denture adhesive can also provide additional stability, so you don't have to worry about your teeth falling out on your dinner plate.