Dentures - Partial and complete dentures
If you have lost upper or lower teeth due to damage, tooth decay, or injury, our Lakewood dental office provides partial and complete dentures to restore your smile and improve your lives. Dr. Albano will help you find best match for your denture needs.
Complete dentures are placed after the teeth have been removed and gum tissue has begun to heal. Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate".
Immediate complete dentures
Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be placed as soon as decaying teeth or damaged teeth are removed. This ensures that a person does not have to go without teeth during the gum tissue healing time.
Partial denture consists of a removable denture with a plastic base which is pink or color of gums. Partial dentures can sometimes be connected by metal framework that holds dentures in place in the mouth. Partial dentures can be for upper or lower jaw, depending on a patient's needs.
Denture repairs, adjustments and relining
New dentures are custom made to fit properly in your mouth. However, the gum tissue changes over time once teeth are removed. Dentures will need to be adjusted and relined over time.
New dentures may cause a sore spot due to your denture rubbing against your mouth tissue or gums. Our dental team can make denture adjustments right in our office to relieve your discomfort promptly.
Dentures need to be relined because the bone in your jaw shrinks when natural teeth are missing. Denture reline is resurfacing of the side of your dentures that comes in contact with the soft tissue in your mouth. This makes dentures to fit properly and more securely.
Every 5 to 10 years, your mouth structure changes enough to require replacing your dentures. It is sometimes possible to use the same teeth set in a new denture base, however, at times, it may be necessary to replace the whole dentures.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
- Handle your dentures very carefully.
- Avoid dropping your dentures.
- Stand over a folded towel or a sink when handing your dentures.
- Brush and rinse your dentures daily, but not with toothpaste.
- Clean your dentures with a denture cleaner.
- Take proper care of your dentures when you are not wearing them. Dentures need to be kept moist when you are not wearing them. They need to be placed in a denture cleaner soaking solution or in water.
- If you happen to take your dentures out to eat or are in the hospital – be sure not to wrap them in a napkin as someone may mistake it for trash and throw them away.
Ask Dr. Albano the proper procedure to take care of your dentures, if you have any questions.
Please call your local Lakewood dentist, Dr. Marie Albano at 216.529.7181 to discuss how we can help you restore the health of your mouth and bright smile.
We are located in downtown Lakewood, Ohio; near Cleveland, Fairview Park, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake, Tremont, Ohio City and Bay Village, Ohio.