NJ Dentures Provider
If you have experienced permanent tooth loss, you know the pain, discomfort and embarrassment that can come from having an incomplete smile. At Champagne Smiles, we believe that everyone deserves high-quality dental care that will make them feel proud to wear their smile every day. That is why we offer full, partial and implant-supported dentures to patients who have lost several teeth, and those who have experienced complete tooth loss.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable, artificial teeth made for individuals who have lost several, or all of their teeth. Dentures fit comfortably over your gums and are a stable solution for patients who have lost teeth, whether due to periodontal disease, oral infection, or accidents / injuries. Dentures stay in comfortably throughout the day, including while eating and drinking, and can be removed at night to be cleaned, as well as care for the health of the gums. Patients can be fitted for top dentures, bottom dentures, or both.
While in the past dentures received a bad reputation for being uncomfortable, loose and ill-fitting, the latest dental technologies have made dentures an ideal choice for many patients. At Champagne Smiles we use the very best techniques to create dentures that are a perfect fit for you. No one will ever know that you have dentures.
What are the types of dentures?
There are several different types of dentures for patients to choose from. The type of denture that a patient receives will depend on a number of factors, including how many teeth need to be replaced, the type of denture the gums can support, and personal preference.
Partial Dentures. Partial dentures are an option for patients who are missing several teeth, but not all of them. These dentures are held in place by the surrounding healthy teeth in the mouth and are removable. These dentures may have a metal framework and a clasp that links onto the existing teeth, or they can be made with a light weight flexible plastic material.
Complete Conventional Dentures. Conventional dentures are made to replace all of the top or bottom teeth. These dentures rest on your gums and can be removed at any time. Conventional dentures may require re-fitting throughout the years to adjust to changes in the landscape of the gums. Today, complete conventional dentures are typically recommended for patients who are not candidates for dental implants.
Implant-Supported Dentures. Implant-supported dentures are an option for patients who need complete tooth replacement or the replacement of several teeth. Implant-supported dentures are held in place by a dental implant, which is surgically placed in the gums by Dr. Champagne. Implant-supported dentures offer patients peace of mind that their dentures will stay in place, and they offer a number of health benefits, including reduced risk of gum recession and / or bone deterioration. Dr. Champagne is also pleased to offer the All on Four implant system, which allows permanent dentures to be set on just 4 implants per arch.
It should be noted that not all patients are candidates for implant-supported dentures. In order to receive this treatment, patients must have bones that can support the implant. Those individuals who do not have enough bone structure, or have bone structure that has been infected, may not be good candidates for implant-supported dentures.
Why Choose Dentures?
Tooth loss does not only have an effect on the aesthetics of your smile, but it can also affect your long-term oral health. It is imperative that patients who experience tooth loss seek a long-lasting solution. Dentures are an effective, affordable treatment that can help patients maintain the health and beauty of their smile. Some of the benefits of dentures include:
- Improved Smile
- Prevent changes to the facial structure (cheeks and jawline)
- Prevent jaw pain and conditions such as TMJ
- Reduce pressure on existing teeth
- Prevent existing teeth from shifting
- Ability to eat, drink and speak comfortably
- Enhanced self-esteem
The Dentures Process
Receiving dentures will require several visits to our dental office. During the first appointment, Dr. Champagne will extract any teeth that need to be removed prior to receiving dentures. He will check on the health of the gums and any remaining teeth. Once your gums have healed from tooth extraction or loss, Dr. Champagne will create a mold of the structures of your mouth in order to fit you for your denture. This will be sent to a dental lab where your custom denture will be created. Once the denture is ready, you can return to Dr. Champagne’s office for a final fitting. Here, he will make any adjustments necessary to make your denture as comfortable as possible. It is recommended that you schedule regular appointments with Dr. Champagne so he can check on your progress after receiving the dentures, and help you continue on your path to positive oral health.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures
How do I care for my dentures?
You can care for your dentures almost the same as you would your natural teeth, with one caveat: don’t use toothpaste. Toothpaste can damage the dentures and actually lead to bad breath. Denture wearers are encouraged to brush their teeth with a denture brush daily. You can also purchase special cleansers to soak your dentures, but it is important to brush, as well. This promotes the health of the gums and is the best way to make sure you don’t experience any oral pain or discomfort.
Are dentures painful?
Proper-fitting dentures should never cause you pain. The first few weeks of wearing your dentures is an adjustment period, and you may experience some discomfort as you get used to chewing, drinking and speaking with your new dentures. However, persistent pain or discomfort associated with dentures can be a sign of an ill-fitting denture. If that happens, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our practice.
Will people know I am wearing dentures?
Dentures are like your own little secret. No one will be able to notice that you have dentures, as they look just like natural teeth and fit properly inside your mouth.
Should I wear dentures at night?
It is recommended that patients remove their dentures at night, particularly if you grind your teeth as this can damage the denture. If you cannot remove your dentures at night, it is recommended that you remove them for at least part of the day, and soak them in cold water.
How often do dentures need to be replaced?
Typically, dentures need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years. Caring for your dentures properly, including brushing daily, can help ensure your dentures last a long time. You should schedule regular check-ups with Dr. Champagne so he can monitor the fit of your dentures, or recognize any issues, early on.