Dentures – Oklahoma City, OK
A Fully Restored and Gorgeous Smile
When you had a full set of teeth, you didn’t have to think twice about eating the foods you love. However, life has changed since you lost your ivories. Now, before consuming certain foods, you’re reminded of the limitations of not having a full set of teeth. Thankfully, there’s a way to once again maintain a regular diet and enjoy a confidence boost. When you visit us at Dental Expressions, either Dr. Colin Holman or Dr. Jon Holman will perform a thorough examination to make sure your oral health is up to par. Then, we’ll move forward with creating the perfect plan for restoring your oral health with the placement of dentures. To get the process started, contact us today to schedule an initial visit!
The Different Types of Dentures
Because our patients’ needs can vary, we provide different denture placement options. Here are three routes available to you:
- Partial Dentures – These can be used if you only have a few teeth missing. The apparatus consists of porcelain prosthetic teeth that fit perfectly into your smile to create a natural-looking appearance.
- Full Dentures – If you’re missing an entire row or a full set of teeth, your dentist can craft a full set of dentures that rests directly on the gums. The appliances are held in place with dental adhesive and the natural suction created inside the mouth, but they are still removable.
- Implant-Retained Dentures – For patients who want a permanent solution, there is the option of receiving implant-retained dentures. Your dentist will insert a series of titanium posts at the jawbone level that mimic the function of the original missing roots. With the addition of abutments later, a set of custom dentures can be created to snap into place.
The Process of Receiving Dentures
The first step toward having your smile restored is to visit our office to be examined by Dr. Colin Holman or Dr. Jon Holman. While you’re here, we’ll check to make sure you have excellent gum and tooth health (if applicable) before we proceed. Then, we’ll go over the replacement options with you so you can be fully informed.
If you decide to go with removable dentures, then we’ll start by collecting bite impressions that will be used to create several wax models. This part of the process can take weeks to complete, but the focus will be on finding the perfect appliance to meet your smile needs in a comfortable manner. Once you and your dentist have settled on the right dentures, we’ll have an in-network lab fabricate the appliances.
Using and Maintaining Your New Dentures
Initially, you can expect some tenderness as your gums adjust to the new addition of dentures. Still, it’s important to wear them throughout the day and to only remove them when you retire for bed. During the adjustment phase, you may also consider refraining from eating hard foods until you can better adjust to wearing the dentures. To also help with the adjustment process, you may also consider reading aloud daily until you feel comfortable speaking while wearing your dentures.
When it comes to maintenance, you should be sure to remove your dentures nightly to clean and soak them. One habit to avoid is using your regular toothbrush to clean them, as it could leave them tarnished. Instead, rinse the dentures thoroughly when you remove them, and soak them in denture cleaner.
With the proper care, which should include visiting our office every six months for cleanings and examinations, your dentures can last for well over a decade. If you have questions about the process, or you’d like to schedule an initial visit, don’t hesitate to contact us today!