Dentures are a removable replacement for one or more missing teeth. Our dentist may recommend them to restore both the function and aesthetic of your smile.
Dentures are custom-fitted and match the appearance of your natural teeth. Dr. Michael Nichols can also adjust the fit of your dentures as needed to ensure comfort and proper function. That way, you'll be able to eat, talk, and smile with confidence.
Types of Dentures
Complete dentures replace the full upper or lower set of teeth. Partial dentures replace one or more teeth when some natural teeth remain. This prevents teeth from shifting into the space left by missing teeth.
Our dentist will talk to you about the different types of dentures during your consultation.
How to Care for Your Dentures
Clean your dentures daily using a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser. This will help prevent plaque from building up on your dentures. It'll also help prevent bad breath.
You'll need to take your dentures out at night to let your gums rest. Make sure that you submerge your dentures in either a glass of water or denture solution. Otherwise, your appliance will dry out, warp, and crack.
Your Oral Health is Still Important
You should brush your gums and any remaining teeth twice a day. The better you care for your oral health, the more likely your dentures will last for years to come. Maintaining healthy gums will also help your dentures fit without any discomfort.
You'll need to replace your dentures about every 5 to 10 years. Ask Dr. Nichols to determine if your dentures should be refitted or replaced. Be sure to continue seeing our dentist at least every 6 months for preventive care.