An Affordable Tooth Replacement Option
Living without most or all of your teeth can be challenging for your daily life and it can affect your self-esteem and overall health. Dentures offer a long-lasting, affordable tooth replacement solution enhances your appearance, improves your abilities to eat and speak, and boosts your confidence to smile again.
At Hastings Family Dental, we offer a number of denture options to help fit your individual needs based on your oral health and other factors. When you visit one of our two offices in Nebraska for your consultation, our team can assist you in deciding which denture solution is right for you.
Explore the different types of dentures we offer and learn about each one’s unique benefits.
If all of your teeth are missing or most of them need to be removed, we will place a complete denture once the gum tissue has healed. A complete conventional denture can be ready for placement in about eight to 12 weeks after your teeth are removed.
During this healing period, we’ll provide you with a natural-looking, fully-functioning, temporary denture that you can wear until your complete denture is made and ready for you to wear.
An immediate denture is also a complete denture, though it’s made in advance so we can place it the same day as when your teeth are removed. There won’t be a healing period where you’ll have to wear a temporary denture because you’ll be able to leave our office with a beautiful, complete smile right away.
A partial denture is a removable bridge that replaces one or more missing teeth and is attached to a pink or gumlike plastic base for support. When you still have one or more natural, healthy teeth in your jaw, a partial denture is an optimal option to replace your missing teeth.
Your fixed bridge of teeth uses dental crowns on both sides of your natural teeth and is secured into place, preventing other teeth from changing position.
Another denture option we offer that provides a more secure and stable solution is an overdenture. This tooth replacement alternative is a traditional denture that is placed over at least two roots or dental implants to hold the denture in place.
Attachments will be placed onto the roots or implant, which will help anchor the denture onto your jawbone. An overdenture offers a longer-lasting, more permanent solution for patients who aren’t satisfied with their complete denture.
An implant-retained denture is similar to an overdenture, in that it is held in by attachments that are connected to multiple dental implants along your jawbone. An implant is the most secure and comfortable method of holding a denture in place and can enhance your ability to eat and speak with ease. We can also use dental implants to stabilize your partial denture in place.
Ask About Our Denture Options at Your Consultation
With a variety of denture options available, you’ll be able to find the best solution for your smile. You can schedule your consultation with one of our doctors today by filling out the contact form on the left-hand side. Once we discuss your goals, we can create your customized denture so you can live restore your smile back to beauty and health again.
At first, our doctors may recommend you wear your denture all the time. Although this may be temporarily uncomfortable, it’s the quickest way for you to adjust to your new denture and determine if any final adjustments need to be made. For the first few weeks, a new denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it.
At first, our doctors may want you to wear your dentures while you sleep so that your gums can adjust to your new smile. After the first few days, it’s recommended that you avoid sleeping with your dentures to give your gums a rest and to prevent pneumonia. Sleeping with dentures may cause harmful bacteria to enter the lungs which may lead to pneumonia.
For the first few weeks, it may take a little practice to pronounce certain words. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures “click” while you’re talking, speak more slowly. You may find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. Reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing.
Denture adhesives can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. Denture adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores. These dentures may need to be readjusted or replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, call us immediately.