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Dentures – Sparta, NJ

We Can Help Bring Back Your Smile

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An estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and about 40 million are missing all their teeth. Luckily, there are plenty of options to choose from to replace your missing teeth, including dentures in Sparta. These restorations are custom-made to meet each and every patient’s smile needs. They are designed to be a natural and comfortable part of your smile, and they have been proven to be sturdy enough to last for several years. If you’re missing all or most of your teeth, give us a call to schedule your consultation for dentures.  

Why Choose Gentle Dentistry Sparta for Dentures?

  • Treatment Designed to Look and Feel Natural
  • Dentist Trained at the Prestigious Pankey Institute
  • Custom-Made Restorations for Every Patient

What Are Dentures?

There are two kinds of dentures: full and partial. When you hear the word “dentures,” what you probably think of are full dentures. These are sets of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic or plastic base that replace an entire arch of pearly whites. They are ideal for patients missing all of their teeth on either the top or bottom row of their mouth.

Partial dentures, sometimes just called partials, are made for patients only missing some of their teeth. They consist of some false teeth on an arch wire with clasps that attach to remaining natural teeth and blend right in with the rest of your smile.

Benefits of Dentures

full and partial dentures

If you’re missing teeth in Sparta, getting full or partial dentures can provide a whole host of benefits, such as allowing you to smile with confidence again. When you have gaps in your grin, you have likely adapted by learning to smile and laugh with your mouth closed. But this way, you’re not enjoying yourself to the fullest. Dentures allow you to not worry about how your smile looks, because you can trust that it looks amazing.

Dentures also restore your biting force. This lets you eat a variety of healthy, crunchy foods that you couldn’t when you were missing teeth, such as hard-skinned fruits and vegetables and chewy meats. Well-fitting dentures allow you to eat pretty much whatever you want.

Implant-Retained Dentures

implant-retained dentures

You may have heard that as the shape of your jawbone changes over time due to tooth loss, so does the fit of your dentures. This may cause your false teeth to slip around when you’re speaking or eating, which can be embarrassing. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent this from happening, with dentures held in place by dental implants. We can place an average of four to six implants throughout your jawbone to hold a full or partial denture in place. The great thing about dental implants is that they retain the shape of your jawbone, preserving your facial muscles and keeping your dentures from losing their fit over the years. If you take proper care of your implant-retained dentures, you can expect them to last for decades to come.

Denture FAQs

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If you’re suffering from moderate to severe tooth loss, we can help bring back your smile with a reliable, custom-made full or partial denture. This classic tooth loss solution is a great way to quickly and easily replace your missing teeth and get back to enjoying a complete smile. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some common denture FAQs in Sparta below so you can learn more about them. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

If you’re missing most or all of your natural teeth, dentures are likely a great option for you. However, to be considered a good candidate, your mouth needs to be healthy. If necessary, we’ll remove any problematic teeth and treat issues like tooth decay and gum disease beforehand. Once your oral health is back on track, you’ll be ready for your brand-new smile!

Do Dentures Have to Be Kept in Water?

Thanks to modern dental technology, dentures are precisely crafted to form a close, secure, and comfortable fit. If they dry out however, they may warp and lose their shape, making them uncomfortable and ill-fitting. Whenever your dentures are not in your mouth, you should keep them in a glass of water to ensure they keep their shape. This also helps keep all the small nooks and crannies clean and free of bacteria. You can either store them in plain water or use a specialized denture soaking solution.

How Many Hours a Day Should I Wear My Dentures?

You probably don’t want to be caught without your new teeth, but it’s important to remove your dentures from time to time in order to give your gums a rest. We generally recommend that you wear dentures all day and night after you first get them to help your mouth adjust. Then, after about a week, you should take them out every night, brush them off, and soak them overnight. Not only does this help keep plaque and bacteria from building up on your new teeth, but it will help prevent gum irritation.

Will Wearing Dentures Irritate My Gums?

Properly fitting, custom-made dentures won’t cause any gum irritation. Even so, it’s important to remember that your mouth will naturally begin to change shape over time as a result of your tooth loss. This will cause your dentures to gradually lose their close fit over the course of several years. After about seven to ten years of use, you should have your dentures readjusted or replaced to ensure your new smile stays comfortable and your gums remain healthy.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

As mentioned above, the average lifespan of a set of removable dentures is between seven and ten years. They could last even longer with the proper care, so make sure to clean your dentures regularly, handle them carefully, and visit us twice a year for routine checkups.

Implant-retained dentures, on the other hand, last much longer. Since the implant posts that hold this type of denture in place fuse directly with your jawbone, they should never lose their grip. In fact, they stimulate blood flow in the jawbone to prevent the changes in your mouth that naturally come with tooth loss. With great oral hygiene, you can easily expect your implant-retained dentures to last a lifetime!