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Dentures – Crown Point, IN

Regain a Comfortable, Confident, and Complete Smile

Do you have a few gaps in your smile? Are you missing an entire arch of pearly whites? If so, you’re certainly not alone! Studies report that over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and more than 36 million don’t have any teeth left. Tooth loss can take a huge toll on your confidence and quality of life. That’s why at Ornelas Family Dentistry, we’re happy to help you regain a comfortable, confident, and complete smile with dentures in Crown Point, IN! These classic restorations are precisely crafted from high-quality materials, so they’re more lifelike and functional than ever before. Call us today to schedule your consultation to see how dentures can improve your life!

Why Choose Ornelas Family Dentistry for Dentures?

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

An older woman with red hair admires her smile in the mirror after receiving dentures in Crown Point

Because tooth loss can cause you to experience an array of problems, such as your ability to speak and eat normally, you may feel as if there is no way you will ever recapture that complete smile. The good news is that almost any adult who is missing most or all of their natural teeth is likely to be considered a good candidate for dentures! We’ll also discuss certain factors you’ll want to consider as well as alternative options for restoring your bite.

Effects of Missing Teeth

a woman in Crown Point smiling with her new dentures

Many people are struggling with tooth loss, and there are numerous reasons that it happens. Some of the main causes involve gum disease, tooth decay, accidental injuries, and poor oral hygiene. Some systemic conditions can also increase the risk of losing teeth, such as diabetes.

Not replacing your missing pearly whites can lead to a variety of issues with both your smile and overall quality of life. For example, your jawbone can begin to deteriorate, weakening its structure, shrinking your facial shape, and risking the movement of your other remaining teeth. Of course, you’ll also likely have difficulties with eating, speaking, and feeling confident about your appearance. To avoid these issues, you’ll want to replace your lost teeth as soon as possible.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

a man with dentures smiling while in the woods

The ideal way to know for certain if you’re qualified for dentures is by visiting us for an initial consultation and examination. We’ll look over your oral health and determine if this treatment is best for you. Dentures are typically a great option for those who are missing teeth as well as have a sensitive smile or are struggling with decay.

For your prosthetics to work, you’ll need to have healthy gums and an adequate jawbone to support them. You’ll also need to be committed to practicing good oral hygiene every day and taking care of your dentures. This treatment is also cost-effective, making it beneficial for those working with a budget.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

a patient asking his dentist about alternative tooth-replacement options

If you aren’t a good candidate for dentures, we’ll likely review other tooth-replacement options that can help you restore your bite. These include:

  • Dental Bridges: With two dental crowns and pontics (artificial teeth) between them, you can effectively replace one to several missing teeth in a row. This does require altering the natural teeth on either side of the gap, as these will support the bridge.
  • Dental Implants: Instead of relying on your gums or natural pearly whites, we can insert dental implants into your jawbone to anchor your restorations. Not only will this complete your smile, but the metal posts will also stimulate the jaw, promoting stronger bone growth and preserving a more youthful facial shape. With proper care, you can expect your results to last decades to a lifetime.

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What Are the Different Types of Dentures?

An up-close view of a dental professional holding a full set of dentures in-between their hands

Dentures are a great way to replace multiple missing teeth quickly and affordably. During your consultation with our dentist in Crown Point, Dr. Joe Ornelas will carefully inspect your mouth and go over all your tooth replacement options. We offer several types of dentures, including:

Partial Dentures

A set of full dentures and a set of partial dentures

If you’re missing several teeth in a row, a partial denture may be a great choice. Having multiple missing teeth can make it difficult to eat or chew, resulting in embarrassment and the inability to consume beneficial nutrients to improve your overall health. However, a partial can be the answer to your problem. Much like a puzzle piece, partial dentures have a gum-colored base and artificial teeth that are designed to fit perfectly in the empty spaces between your remaining teeth. They’re held securely in place with discrete metal clasps that wrap around your natural tooth structure.

Full Dentures

Various types of partial dentures created for patients with multiple missing teeth

Full dentures can replace an entire arch of missing teeth at once. For this restoration, custom-made replacement teeth are set into an acrylic, gum-colored base. The base is precisely crafted to ensure it fits comfortably but snugly on top of your gums. This creates a strong natural suction that firmly holds your new teeth in place. Although you may find it beneficial to apply a small bit of dental adhesive for added security.

Dental Implant Supported Dentures

A full set of dentures created for the upper and lower arches

As an alternative to traditional, removable dentures, you could choose to anchor your new teeth into place with dental implants. For this method, several small titanium posts are placed into your jawbone to support your dentures above the gumline. Not only does this make them the most comfortable, stable, and functional option, but dental implants also help preserve your jawbone and facial features, allowing you to enjoy a fuller, more complete aesthetic that can only be achieved with implant dentures.

How Dentures Are Made

Dentures soaking in a glass

Are dentures in your near future? You might be wondering what the process of getting dentures looks like. When you understand how your dentures are created, you will appreciate them that much more! Whether you are getting a partial denture, full denture, or implant denture, here’s what the process will typically look like.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

Lab technician painting replacement teeth

Dentures are comprised of two different parts: the base and the teeth. Here is what each component consists of:

  • Denture Base: This is the structure that holds the replacement teeth in their places. It can be made from several different materials, including acrylic, nylon, porcelain, resin, or metal. Full dentures are usually made with acrylic because they can be crafted to closely match your natural gum tissue. Partial dentures often use metal clips with an acrylic base to stay in place.
  • Artificial Teeth: Replacement teeth are usually made from resin or porcelain because they both have an appearance similar to natural teeth. Porcelain is the most popular option because it looks and feels natural and durable.

The Denture Creation Process

Lab technician crafting denture

Every denture is customized for the patient. The process takes multiple steps. Here is what you can usually expect:

  • Step 1: Your dentist will begin by taking impressions of your upper and lower gums using a thick paste. Measurements of your jaw may also be taken. This is used to make a plaster model that is a replica of your mouth. The replica is used to ensure that your final prosthesis is the perfect size and shape for you.
  • Step 2: The case is then sent to the dental laboratory. This is where your restoration will be made. They will create a wax version of your gumline using the impressions that your dentist took.
  • Step 3: Artificial teeth are set into place using a mechanical device called an “articulator.” The lab technician will make minor adjustments by shaping and carving the wax to ensure that it looks like your gums.
  • Step 4: Your wax dentures are sent back to your dentist for a fitting. If everything looks good, your dentures will be returned to the dental lab to complete the process.
  • Step 5: Once the wax dentures are back at the laboratory, the technician will boil the dentures to melt away the wax portions. To do this, the dentures are placed in a holding device called a “flask.” Plaster is poured in to maintain the shape of your dentures. The entire flask is placed in hot water.
  • Step 6: Holes are made in the replacement teeth so the material can attach to them. A liquid separator is added to the plaster layer to stop the acrylic from sticking to it. Acrylic is then injected into the flask to replace the wax.
  • Step 7: The lab technician will carefully remove the plaster using special lab tools. Your dentures will then be placed in an ultrasonic bath to remove any remaining plaster.
  • Step 8: Any extra acrylic will be cut from the dentures. After trimming, the denture will be polished.
  • Step 9: Once it is ready, you can return to the dental office for a fitting. If necessary, adjustments can be made to ensure that everything is working properly and comfortably.

Adjusting to Your New Dentures

Man laughing with dentures

Some discomfort is normal when you first start wearing your new dentures. Over time, your mouth will adjust to your new restoration, and they will end up feeling similar to your natural teeth. By sticking to softer foods and exercising your facial muscles you can speed up this process. If discomfort persists, give us a call so we can help.

Benefits of Dentures

A digital image of a dental implant supported denture being put into place to replace missing teeth along the lower arch

Dentures offer an array of benefits that make it possible for individuals experiencing tooth loss to once again, feel confident in their appearance. Not only will these prosthetics make eating and speaking much easier, but they will last years as long as you continue to take proper care of them. Many of the most common benefits denture-wearers experience include:

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

A blue piggy bank sitting on top of a mouth mold

The cost of your dentures will depend on several unique factors, including your oral health, the type of denture you want, and whether you need any preliminary treatments. In most cases, dental insurance will cover at least a portion of the cost of dentures. We’ll be more than happy to file your claims for you and ensure you’re maximizing your benefits. In addition, we also offer an in-house dental savings plan and financing options through CareCredit. During your consultation, we’ll go over your estimate as well as all the ways to make your new smile as affordable as possible.

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Denture Aftercare

A woman admiring her dentures in a hand mirror

True enough, dentures can transform your smile’s looks and function. It’s thus easy to assume they don’t need any real upkeep. However, the truth is quite the opposite. Your dentures, in fact, will need regular maintenance and a healthy mouth to work. Good oral habits, then, are crucial to a successful treatment. Luckily, we at Ornelas Family Dentistry have tips on caring for dentures. To learn them in detail, just keep reading or call our office!

Removeable Dentures

Remove After Eating

After every meal, remember to remove and rinse your dentures. Doing so will prevent a buildup of food, plaque, and other debris on their surfaces. From there, you’re less likely to have oral health issues.

Still, avoid using hot water for the rinse. High temperatures can actually warp denture material. Should that scenario happen, your dentures will cease to fit well. You’d then need to see a dentist for repairs or replacement.

Clean Your Restoration

Besides post-meal rinses, dentures also need (at least) once-daily cleaning. This step lowers your risk of gum disease and similar oral health issues.

Each cleaning starts by removing the dentures from your mouth. Next, brush the restorations with a soft-bristled toothbrush and hand soap. Standard toothpaste shouldn’t be used, as its abrasiveness can damage denture material.

If possible, put the dentures in a cleansing solution after brushing. This step keeps them from drying out and losing their shape. Lastly, rinse the dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.

Keep Your Dentures Safe

While durable enough, dentures aren’t invincible. They can and will break from excessive force. As such, you’ll want to keep them safe. Damage from external elements will cause them to stop working.

For instance, keep a towel handy during denture cleanings. Placing one beneath the prosthetics will cushion your appliance from falls. The dentures will then be less likely to chip or break.

Naturally, you could also store your dentures away from kids or pets. The latter groups, you see, are often rambunctious. They could damage your prosthetics quite easily.

Remove Dentures When You Sleep

Ultimately, it’s best to take out your dentures before bed. Keeping them in your mouth overnight has various downsides. Instead, store them in a glass of cleansing solution while you sleep. This habit will prevent the restorations from losing their shape.

You see, wearing dentures to bed puts your health at risk. For one thing, it restricts gum circulation, which can result in soft-tissue irritation. At the same time, it’ll increase your mouth’s gum and tongue plaque levels. Overnight denture use can even raise your risk of pneumonia.

Notice Changes

Of course, you should watch for changes in your dentures and mouth, too. (These can even include mouth sores, gum irritation, or signs of infection.) You may need to visit a local dental practice based on what you find.

Should your dentures start fitting poorly or get damaged, see your dentist at once. Attempting to fix them yourself could cause further harm. Meanwhile, a qualified dentist can refit, reline, or even replace the prosthetics.

DENTURES Frequently Asked QuestionS

An older woman holding a handheld mirror and smiling after receiving her dentures

If you’re suffering from moderate to severe tooth loss, dentures in Crown Point are a classic, reliable way to restore your full smile! These popular restorations are made of high-quality materials and the latest dental technology to ensure that they’re as comfortable and lifelike as possible. During your consultation, we’ll be happy to answer all your questions and go over every detail of replacing your missing teeth. In the meantime, we encourage you to review these FAQs about dentures to learn more about them!

Do Dentures Have to Be Kept in Water?

Custom-made dentures are carefully designed to form a snug fit over your gums, which creates a strong natural suction to keep them in place. If your dentures dry out, however, they may warp and lose their shape, and in turn, their comfortable fit. Any time your dentures are out of your mouth, they should be kept in a glass of water or cleaning solution to ensure they maintain their shape. This also helps keep all the nooks and crannies clean and free of bacteria.

How Many Hours a Day Should I Wear My Dentures?

No one wants to be caught without their teeth, but you shouldn’t wear your dentures 24/7. For the first week or so after getting your dentures, we may recommend that you wear them to sleep to help your mouth adjust. However, after that, you need to take them out every night, brush them off, and soak them overnight. Not only does this prevent plaque and bacteria from building up on your dentures as you sleep, but it encourages healthier gum tissue as well.

Will Wearing Dentures Irritate My Gums?

Custom-made dentures that fit properly shouldn’t cause any discomfort at all. Even so, it’s important to keep in mind that your mouth will naturally change shape over time as a result of your tooth loss, and your dentures will not change with it. Over the course of several years, they will eventually lose their close fit. This means they won’t rest as comfortably on your gums and wearing ill-fitting dentures may lead to gum irritation or sores. That’s why you should visit your dentist regularly for checkups and replacements to ensure your new smile stays healthy.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

Modern-day dentures are made of strong, reliable, and durable materials. On average, you can expect a set of removable dentures to last between seven and ten years before needing to be replaced. In some cases, they can last even longer with the proper care. Make sure you’re using the right cleaning products on your dentures and handle them carefully to make the most of their lifespan.

Implant dentures, on the other hand, have the potential to last much longer! Thanks to their unique placement, dental implants literally become a part of your jawbone. In most cases, patients can expect to enjoy their newly rebuilt smile for a lifetime!