If you need dentures, you might be concerned about how they will look, feel, and affect your quality of life. At Theriot Family Dental Care in Baton Rouge, we ease your concerns with quality materials and natural-looking dentures that fit well. We help you smile with confidence.
Types of Dentures
A denture is a removable oral appliance that replaces missing teeth. You can receive a complete removable denture or a partial denture.
Complete removable denture
- Replaces an entire arch of teeth
- Denture teeth are embedded in a gum-colored base
- A lower denture rests on your gums
- Suction from your palate keeps an upper denture in place
- Can replace a single tooth or two or more teeth in a row
- Acrylic teeth are embedded in a pink plastic base
- Can be made with either metal clasps or plastic clasps to fasten it to your natural teeth
Natural-Looking Dentures Made Without Shortcuts
Some dentists try to shortcut the process of making dentures, which can compromise the fit and appearance of the dentures. Drs. Theriot and Redhead take extra steps to get an accurate fit and make sure you love how your teeth look.
- Two-impression technique – We take a preliminary impression and then make a custom tray from that impression. Then we’ll use that custom tray to get a more accurate final impression that is used to create your denture base. Some dentists don’t take this trouble.
- Getting accurate impressions – A heavier impression material is used to record the periphery—which determines the extent of the denture. This is important for maximum stability of the denture. A lighter body is then used for the inner part of the impression. That will record the finer details of your soft tissue, to help ensure that the denture won’t cause any sore spots.
- Wax try-in – We will set the acrylic denture teeth in a gum-colored wax model. You’ll be able to try this in to give you a preview of how your new smile will look and how it will feel when you bite down. If you’re hesitant about how the denture teeth look or wax model feels, we’ll make any adjustments you want until you’re confident about your new smile.
- Dentures – You’ll receive a customized denture that fits well and looks natural. You’ll be able to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
How to Clean Your Denture
- Remove your denture at night and rinse it to remove food debris.
- Brush your denture daily with an extra-soft toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner. Avoid regular toothpaste because it will scratch your denture teeth.
- Place the denture in water with a mild cleaning solution whenever you’re not wearing it.
Caring for Your Mouth
Each morning brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation before wearing your denture.
Keep your appointments for regular oral exams and to ensure your denture fits properly.
Interested in Cosmetic Dentures?
If you are interested in receiving natural-looking dentures, call us for a complimentary consultation or request an appointment online.