Dentures & Partials
Dentures have been the go-to method for tooth replacement for hundreds of years -- and they’re just as popular as ever today. Here in Goode, VA, Dr. Ronald Hendricksen provides customized dentures designed to fit securely and comfortably within your mouth for maximum smile confidence. Hendricksen Cosmetic and Family Dentistry also offers implant-retained prosthetics as an alternative for patients looking for a little more security in their denture.
Learn more about your options below, and then let’s get started on your dentures! We know that a stable tooth replacement and expert, personalized care will give you plenty of new reasons to smile.
As the name implies, a full denture is designed to replicate either the entire bottom or top arch of teeth. Once worn, it maintains its place within the mouth through natural suction, or dental adhesive for a little extra security. Full dentures give patients back the ability to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence. And because they increase facial volume, full dentures might even take a few years off your appearance, too!
Custom-made partial dentures are also available at our Bedford County practice for patients who would prefer to maintain the natural, healthy teeth they have left. Dr. Hendricksen designs the partial to match your unique needs, and fits it into place with clips or brackets. Both full and partial dentures are removable for your convenience and comfort.
A denture replaces your missing teeth, but what about their stabilizing roots? Without this portion of the tooth, dentures may become loose, slip around in the mouth, or even fall out completely. Dental implants act as prosthetic roots to provide the very best fit for your full denture.
What are dental implants? They are tiny titanium cylinders that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Over a period of six to eight months, the dental implants fuse with the bone -- a process that provides unsurpassed stability in tooth replacement. And in addition to the security provided by dental implants, they also stimulate the jawbone, keeping it healthy, whole, and promoting better oral health for years to come.
Dr. Hendricksen restores dental implants with beautiful, natural-looking dentures, bridges, and crowns.
Caring for Your Dentures
Even though cavities and infection cannot develop on the dentures, full and partial dentures should still be thoroughly cleaned every night in a similar fashion to natural teeth. Proper cleaning of your prosthetic device prevents the buildup of bacteria that causes bad breath and gum infection, and it also keeps any existing natural teeth healthy. Some tips for excellent denture care include...
- Brush and rinse your dentures after eating
- Clean the mouth after removing dentures
- Brush dentures at least daily
- Place your dentures in a cup of water or denture solution when sleeping
- See your dentist as recommended
- Always handle your denture carefully when cleaning!
Patients whose dentures are not retained by dental implants should also be aware of slight movements or changes in the position of the denture that indicate a poor fit. As the jawbone loses volume without tooth roots, it will slowly change shape -- a normal occurrence of non-implant supported devices. To maintain proper oral health, the fit of the denture will need to be periodically adjusted.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
If you are interested in tooth replacement with dentures, please get in touch with Hendricksen Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. We are the experts in full and partial dentures -- contact our Goode office to schedule an appointment today!