Replacing Missing Teeth with Complete Dentures
If you have lost some or all of your teeth, partial and complete dentures can help restore your smile and regain function.
Our services include both conventional complete dentures and immediate complete dentures. When Dr. Lipat and Dr. Hamel customize your denture for you, they will take impressions and measurements that can take several appointments. The conventional denture is delivered after all your teeth have been removed and several months of healing has taken place (if extractions are required).
Immediate Complete Dentures
The immediate denture is delivered at the day of extraction so that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. Immediate dentures, however, will require several adjustment and reline appointments as your tissue and bone heal. Often it is necessary to replace an immediate denture with a conventional denture after healing has completed.
During the first few weeks of wearing your denture, you may develop some minor irritation or sore spots. Please call our office so we can make appropriate adjustments.
Frequently asked questions
Will I be able to eat and speak with my dentures?
Your dentures will feel like a foreign object for several weeks until your cheek, tongue, and muscles get accustomed to it. Eating will take practice, so start with soft food and use both sides of the mouth during chewing. Speaking will also take practice especially pronouncing words with letters f, t, s, and v.
Will my dentures need to be replaced?
As you age, your mouth undergoes changes as well. Your denture may need to be relined or replaced if the denture becomes loose and the teeth show severe wear. It is important to replace ill-fitting dentures before they cause health problems, including soreness and infection.
How do I care for my denture?
When you remove your denture, stand over a folded towel so it does not break if you accidentally drop it. Keep them away from children and pets.
Remove and clean your denture after every meal using a brush, specifically designed for cleaning dentures, and mild dishwashing liquid soap. You may also use an over-the-counter denture cleanser. You may want to rinse in a mouthwash to remove any soapy taste. Avoid using bleach and toothpaste.
Do not sleep with your dentures in. Remove them every night and place them in water or a denture cleanser soaking solution.
What is an Overdenture?
An overdenture is a denture that is supported by several implants. This improves stability and support for the denture. Dr. Lipat and Dr. Hamel can determine if an overdenture is right for you.
I don’t have any teeth, do I still need to see the dentist?
Yes. Regular dental check-ups are important to make sure your dentures continue to fit properly and we can examine your mouth for signs of oral diseases including cancer.