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Weyauwega Partial & Full Dentures

Senior woman pointing to natural looking denture

Following advanced tooth loss due to oral health struggles, whole body health conditions, or facial trauma, patients are typically dealing with stress, pain, and difficulty performing the smallest daily function like sharing a confident smile. At the Weyauwega dental office of William J. Twohig, DDS, we’re here to help patients get the smiles back on their faces as quickly as possible. We offer a variety of tooth replacement options, including traditional partial and full dentures and implant retained prosthetics. If you’re ready to get started, call our Weyauwega dentistry team to schedule a tooth replacement consultation.

Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Model smile with partial denture

Whether you’re missing one tooth or are fully edentulous (without teeth), it’s essential to repair your smile to full, healthy function. When teeth are left unreplaced, patients struggle to speak clearly, consume a variety of foods, and smile with confidence. When tooth loss is extensive, patients may be restricted to soft foods or liquid diets.

What are Partial Dentures?

Full dentures before placement

Partials are dentures that fill in spaces left by extensive tooth loss. These prosthetics can be crafted to replace any number of consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth. A gum-colored base material is formed to fit between remaining teeth. Replacement teeth are all supported by this base, and the entire prosthetic is held in place with clasps attached to healthy remaining teeth.

What are Full Dentures?

Model of implant supported denture

Full dentures are similarly crafted using a gum colored base to support the entire row of replacement teeth. Since there are no remaining teeth to provide support, the base is crafted to fit against the gum tissue, creating natural suction that will hold the denture in place. For added stability, some patients choose to use a small amount of denture adhesive.

What are Implant Dentures?

Implant dentures provide the ideal tooth replacement solution because they replace tooth roots as well as the missing teeth. Using just three to six implant posts, we can provide natural looking and feeling support for your denture. Patients with implant supported dentures will need to invest a greater amount of time and money in the beginning of their treatment plan, but these restorations offer increased stability and can last more than twice as long as traditional partial and full dentures.

Caring for Your Dentures

Patients with removable dentures should take them out before bed and carefully brush the denture to remove any food or plaque buildup. Store the denture in water or cleaning solution overnight. Always use cool water to clean your denture to avoid warping the base. If you have remaining healthy teeth, you should continue to brush and floss them as usual. If you have an implant supported partial or full denture, you should brush your denture and teeth as usual. To floss effectively, you may need to invest in a specialized flossing tool like an air or water flosser that can access harder to reach areas, especially to remove plaque and foods that can get stuck between the denture base and gum tissue. No matter what type of denture you choose, biannual dental appointment with our team are essential to keep your denture looking and feeling great.

Dentures FAQs

Couple smiles after receiving dentures in Weyauwega

Are you feeling uncertain about your decision to choose dentures in Weyauwega? You’re not alone. It’s normal for patients like yourself to have many questions about the process, aftercare, and what life will be like once your new prosthetics are put into place. Fortunately, Dr. Twohig is here to provide thoughtful answers that will guide you in your decision to improve your oral health with these safe, reliable, and tried-and-true tooth replacement solutions. If you do not see your question listed below, please make sure to contact us to schedule an appointment.

How long will you have to wait to get dentures after your teeth are pulled?

It is not uncommon to have to wait 6-8 weeks after having a tooth removed before you can receive your dentures. Of course, each patient is different, so depending on your case, this timeline can vary. It is necessary that your gums fully heal and for your dentures to fit comfortably before beginning life with your newfound prosthetics. While it is possible to receive immediate dentures following an extraction, this is not always possible. Same-day dentures do make it possible to eat right away and speak more clearly; however, Dr. Twohig will be unable to preview the fit of your new smile. As a result, you will likely need an adjustment as your gums and bone change shape during the healing process.

If you are receiving implant dentures, it will be necessary for you to wait between 4 and 6 months before receiving your customized denture because osseointegration must be a success (the fusing of the implant with the bone).

Should I have all my teeth pulled to get dentures?

When meeting with Dr. Twohig to discuss your case, he will always recommend trying to repair your damaged tooth as opposed to removing it. However, this is not always possible. In situations where a tooth will need to be extracted, you can trust that his recommendation is out of necessity. Should your upper or lower row of teeth be decayed or severely damaged with decay or gum disease, it may be more cost-effective to replace them with dentures than to repair each tooth. Although there is no limit to how many teeth can be extracted during one visit, you should be ready if your denture dentist in Weyauwega explains that multiple visits are needed because of the difficulty in removing some teeth.  

What is the average age for dentures?

Adults of virtually any age can experience tooth loss; however, it is much more common among older generations. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 66% of adults between the ages of 40 and 64 have at least one missing tooth, and nearly 33% of adults between the ages of 20 and have a single missing tooth. When looking at these numbers, it’s easy to see why patients over the age of 40 are more likely to need a partial or full denture.

The American Dental Association (ADA) also states that nearly 57% of people between 65 and 74 currently wear some form of denture.

Do upper dentures always cover the palate?

It is possible to receive palateless dentures for your upper arch. By having this type of denture created, you will be able to taste food that you previously could not with a traditional prosthetic. A palateless denture will not cover your soft palate but instead be shaped similarly to a lower denture, which looks like a horseshoe. The same style is also created for patients receiving implant dentures. You’ll need to talk to your dentist about the different types and styles so you can choose which option is right for you.

Will it hurt to get dentures?

If you require a tooth extraction before receiving dentures, you can expect to feel some discomfort in the days following your procedure. Your gums need to fully heal, but Dr. Twohig can prescribe some pain medication to help alleviate discomfort, which should only last 3-5 days. Also, when receiving your new dentures, you may have some minor discomfort, especially as your mouth attempts to adjust to the new foreign object inside it. You may have some mild irritation to your soft tissues, but this should only be temporary. Because no two patients are alike, the discomfort you will face will likely be very different from someone else. Even when switching to a new set of dentures, there is expected discomfort. If you notice that the pain you’re experiencing is lasting longer than a few days or a week, make sure to call our office, as they may need to be adjusted to ensure a proper and comfortable fit.

Will dentures change the shape of my face?

It’s natural when tooth loss occurs for your facial shape to change. As the jawbone deteriorates, your facial muscles will also begin to sag, causing you to develop a sunken appearance. With dentures, you will better support your facial muscles, giving you a more youthful and fuller appearance. However, should you notice your dentures no longer fitting as they should, you’ll need to see your dentist as soon as possible to have them relined or replaced to avoid it impacting your facial aesthetic.

Can dentures reduce life expectancy?

It is believed that wearing traditional dentures can reduce your life expectancy by up to 10 years. The reason for this is that the loss of bite force makes it harder to eat healthier, nutrient-rich foods, causing many patients to succumb to eating unhealthy foods that can cause malnutrition and weight loss. However, implant dentures can help you avoid these issues because they increase your bite force and offer greater chewing power. This enables you to maintain a healthier diet that is beneficial for your oral and overall health.