Dentures – Lincoln, NE
A Stable Solution for Missing Teeth
After substantial tooth loss, dentures complete the smile naturally and comfortably. This tooth replacement method has never been better than it is today -- and with the use of updated and advanced dental techniques, more people than ever are living fuller, happier lives thanks to a partial or complete denture. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Jennifer A. Reed provides expert care for patients seeking dentures in Lincoln.
Why Tooth Loss Is a Problem
Missing teeth pose more than a cosmetic issue. Did you know losing just one tooth increases your risk of experiencing further tooth loss? And having gaps in your smile make it difficult to eat a varied, nutritious diet. Self-confidence may also suffer as a result of missing teeth. The risk of gum disease, shifting teeth, and tooth decay increases for people who have an incomplete smile. It’s important to seek a prompt solution for tooth loss to avoid these and other issues.
But what solutions are available?
A denture stabilizes the smile, prevents any remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place, and allows you to continue eating the nutritious, varied diet that keeps you healthy and feeling great.
Complete and Partial Dentures
A complete denture is the solution when all the teeth have been lost in the upper or lower jaw. It is held in place by natural suction and possibly a denture adhesive. Partial dentures in Lincoln, retained by metal brackets, fit in with your remaining healthy natural teeth like a missing puzzle piece.
A denture can also be retained by dental implants for additional security and stability. Dental implants provide prosthetic roots for the denture that is affixed on top. For the significant benefits offered by dental implants -- including better oral health and the longest-lasting tooth loss solution -- Dr. Reed strongly recommends this option to healthy adult patients who are eligible for the procedure.
To be eligible, you must have enough bone density to support the denture that will fit on top of the implants. Without sufficient bone support, your implants will fail. It’s important to know that if necessary, you may be eligible for a bone grafting procedure if your bone doesn’t have enough stability. While this will prolong the process, it is not only worth it but necessary to ensure a successful dental implant placement.
A complete denture can be retained by as few as six dental implants.
What Is the Process for a Denture?
To create a traditional denture, we will take impressions or molds of your mouth, including around the gum line and any remaining natural teeth. This information is sent to our trusted lab, where your denture is crafted by an expert. It’s shipped back to us and you return to our office later to receive your new teeth. We will provide you with specific instructions on caring for your denture.
If you are getting implant-retained dentures, Dr. Reed will first surgically place each dental implant. A recovery period of four to six months is needed for the jawbone to heal -- you may wear a temporary denture during this time. Then, once your dental implants have healed, you can return to our office for their final restoration -- or when the denture is affixed on top.
Why is It Important to See a Prosthodontist for Dentures?
When it comes to your oral health and tooth replacement option, you’ll benefit more from seeing a prosthodontist in Lincoln like Dr. Reed than a general dentist. Why? If you want someone with extensive training, advanced education, and expertise, a prosthodontist will be able to equip your mouth with a denture or partial that fits correctly and restores optimal functionality.
Dr. Reed has a certificate of specialization in prosthodontics, and she completed advanced surgical and prosthetic training with Dr. Carl Misch.
She an active member of various dental organizations, including the American Prosthodontic Society and the American College of Prosthodontists.
Prosthodontists are trained in advanced techniques and procedures and can treat patients in a way that provides greater esthetics, so while your general dentist may be able to care for your oral health before and after receiving your dentures, it’s best if you leave the actual prosthetic placement to someone like Dr. Reed.
When getting new dentures in Lincoln, you’ll probably have plenty of questions about the process as well as what life will be like with your false teeth. Dr. Reed has years of experience when it comes to designing and placing dentures; you can count on her to provide expert advice to help guide your decisions. Below, we’ve collected answers to some of the most common questions patients have when it comes to dentures to help you get started.
Can I Sleep with Dentures?
If you have traditional removable dentures (as opposed to the kind that’s permanently attached to implants), it’s normally recommended that you take them out at night. The pressure of supporting your false teeth all day will start to wear down your bone and gums, so nighttime is the perfect opportunity to give them a break. In the event that you do keep your dentures in at night, you should always find time to clean them during the day; leaving them in place for 24 hours straight simply isn’t hygienic. Of course, ideally your dentures should be soaked in a special solution while you’re asleep.
Will I Be Able to Eat and Speak Normally with Dentures?
Normally, it takes some time to adjust to dentures before you can chew and speak with them properly. During meals, you should cut your food into very small pieces before chewing them; it’s also recommended that you avoid harder or sticky foods at first. You may also notice a lisp whenever you talk. With practice, however, you’ll eventually be able to comfortably use your new teeth to enjoy your favorite foods and talk with clear pronunciation again. During the adjustment period, you may consider using denture adhesive to give your new teeth some extra stability.
Does It Hurt to Get Dentures?
It’s normal for new dentures to feel somewhat uncomfortable. The appliance will irritate your gums at first, although the pain will eventually fade. The exact amount of time it takes to get used to dentures varies from person to person; it can depend on multiple factors, such as whether you needed to have teeth extracted or whether you’ve worn dentures before. In any case, you should visit Dr. Reed regularly during this period so that she can make any necessary adjustments to your restoration. She can also help you make sure that the healing process goes as planned.
When Will I Need to Replace My Dentures?
A well-made set of dentures that fits properly in your mouth normally lasts about 5 to 8 years depending on the care you give it. During their lifespan, we can adjust and repair them as needed if they become damaged or if the shape of your gums changes. Sooner or later, however, you’ll likely need to get entirely new dentures; in particular, if you’ve noticed visible wear and tear on your false teeth or are experiencing sore gums and headaches as well as difficulty eating, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Reed right away.
Talk to Your Dentist in Lincoln Today!
If you have suffered from significant tooth loss or if you are on the brink of tooth extraction, don’t wait to get started on your replacement. We can help with sturdy, natural-looking dentures. Request an appointment at Smile Specialties today!