Restores 10% of Biting / Chewing Force
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Stayplate / Interim Partial Denture / "Flipper"
Restores 50% of Biting / Chewing Force
Restores 90% of Biting / Chewing Force
Note: All implant options require 3D CBCT Imaging for surgical planning
Frequently Asked Questions
How do monthly plans work?
- Monthly plans for dentures are done through CareCredit or Lending Point — which requires a credit check and approval. Payments are dependent on credit history, but can be as low as $109/month.
- If credit check is approved, you can get up to 2 years interest free.
- G Smile Care DOES allow for monthly payments with no credit check, and payment usually requires 50% down on a 3 month plan. Ask us for more details!
What are Conventional Dentures?
- Conventional Dentures are retained only by the gums and suction of the palate.
- Patients can expect to have only 10% of biting/chewing force of natural teeth.
- A conventional denture is not a replacement for teeth but rather a replacement for not having teeth.
- Conventional dentures cover the entire maxilla and palate and the entire ridge of the mandible.
- Denture fit changes with time as gum and bone loss naturally occurs.
- If a patient chooses to, most conventional dentures can be converted into an implant retained or supported prosthesis at a later date.
What are Overdentures aka "Snap-On" Dentures?
- Overdentures or "Snap-On Dentures" are implant retained but gum supported prosthesis will restore up to 50% of biting/chewing force
- It allows for some removal of palatal and gum coverage.
- Implants will require 3-4 months of bone integration before the prosthesis is attached.
- Patient will wear a conventional denture during this time.
- Annual checkups are necessary to replace worn inserts.
- Prosthesis can and should be removed and cleaned nightly in order to prevent bacterial buildup resulting in implant failure.
What are Fixed Prosthesis aka "All-On-4/6"
- Fixed Prosthesis aka "All-On-4/6" is the gold standard of dentures.
- Restorations will have minimal material extensions and will restore 90% of biting/chewing force.
- Fully implant supported prosthesis attached to 4-6 implants depending on each patients’ individual needs.
- Restoration may or may not be immediately attached to implants depending on the stability of the implants at the time of placement.
- The prosthesis will be removed by the doctor at six month hygiene checkups to maintain implant and gum health.
How long do dentures last?
The success and longevity of all implant restorations is dependent on strict adherence to the following:
- smoking cessation
- controlled diabetes
- meticulous homecare and routine hygiene checks
- soft food/liquid diet during implant integration
- health and integrity of any remaining teeth
- hygiene recommendations including water flosser and mouthrinsing
That being said, dentures have an average lifespan of 10-15 years, however, the more a patient practices good mouth cleaning habits, the better!
How do I take care of my dentures?
Although dentures are durable and last years, wear and tear of dentures is completely normal, and unlike your body's natural immune system to replenish cells, dentures will not last forever.
However, you CAN extend the life of dentures by:
- Having a nightly routine of removing the denture, rinsing it with warm water, and gently brushing with a soft-bristled brush, and using a non-abrasive denture cleanser to remove plaque, food, and other excess.
- Soaking your dentures each night. Dentures need moisture to retain their shape, so placing in a glass of water or denture-soaking solution helps the denture's longevity.
- Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups. Having regular teeth check-ups can help make sure that your dentures are still fitting correctly and not doing damage to your gums.
How long does it take to get dentures?
Depending on the type of dentures you get, as well as the condition of your teeth, it can take approximately six weeks to three months to complete your dentures journey.
But once your dentures are correctly fitted, your smile will last a lifetime!
I'm sensitive to pain! Does getting dentures hurt?
When a patient is first getting a denture procedure done, minor irritation is completely normal. The irritation should fade once you are accustomed to your dentures, and the period of pain varies from person to person.
If you've had teeth extracted to make way for your dentures, the areas of extraction may be sensitive for a couple of weeks, but should heal over time. Regular check-ups with our doctors will ensure that you are getting the best care, and we can best recommend what you can do if you are feeling any kind of discomfort or pain.
Will my dentures need adjusting in the future?
Depending on your chewing habits, your dentures may shift and no longer fit as when they were first installed. A procedure called "reline" may need to be done to refit the base of the denture.
It is highly recommended that you see a specialist to refit your dentures, and that you do NOT reline your dentures with over-the-counter fits. This ensures that your dentures have a more secure, tighter fit, and that your gums will not be harmed during the process.
Are there any foods to avoid with my dentures?
Although there may be a learning curve on using your dentures, after a while, eating should feel normal over time.
Sticky or harder foods take more getting used to, and you can use denture adhesive to help stabilize your dentures while you get more comfortable with them.
We recommend using a small amount — 3 to 4 pea sized dabs of denture adhesive on each denture.