Dentures by Virginia Beach Dentist Mary Lewis

Getting A Better Bite With Dentures in Virginia Beach

When you greet someone for the first time, you want him or her to see you for who you are, not the gaps in your teeth. For patients with multiple missing teeth, dentures not only improve your appearance and self confidence, but they allow you to preform the day-to-day activities most people take for granted, like talking and eating without discomfort.

What are dentures?

A denture is a removable oral device that replaces missing teeth. Dentures are available in two basic types: complete or partial. Partial dentures, often just referred to as partials, work to replace multiple teeth by filling in gaps between existing teeth, similarly to a bridge. Unlike a bridge, the partial is secured with brackets or clips and can be removed.

A full denture replaces an entire row of teeth – top, bottom, or both – and comes in a few varieties. Full dentures are available in closed or open palate, which determines if the palate of the mouth is exposed or not. Another option is conventional or immediate dentures. Immediate dentures are fitted ahead of time and can be worn immediately while conventional dentures are fitted after the gums have be prepared for a more secured fit.

Dentures can also be supported by a dental implant. The implant is a titanium post inserted into the jawbone that stabilizes the denture to provide the best and most secure fit for your prosthetic teeth.

Could I benefit from dentures?

If you are missing multiple teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for dentures. Contrary to popular opinion, dentures are not specifically used for older patients. Anyone coming to Virginia Beach Family & Cosmetic Surgery who may benefit from the use of dentures will be considered. Dr. Mary Lewis can discuss your needs during your oral exam and evaluation to find if dentures are a good fit for you.

What is the process to create dentures?

Dr. Lewis takes the necessary steps over a series of visits to ensure the best fit for your dentures. For a full conventional denture, any remaining teeth are removed and the gums are allowed to adjust before dentures are fitted. Once ready, impressions and measurements are taken in order to create a custom mold from wax or plastic. The mold will be fitted to check for positioning and to assess color and fit before the final denture cast is created. Dentures are created at our hand-selected partner lab, Bayview Dental Lab, for their high attention to detail and quality work. Once your dentures are ready, Dr. Lewis will instruct you on proper care and make any necessary adjustments.

After getting dentures, you may experience some difficulty speaking and eating as you acclimate, but this is short lived. After a little adjustment you will be able to reap the complete benefits of your new dentures.

How should I care for my dentures?

Proper denture care is important to maintain the appearance and fit of your dental prosthetic. Handle your dentures carefully at all times to prevent breakage. After meals, remove and rinse dentures. Your natural teeth, gums, and palate should be cleaned with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush your dentures at least once a day with a nonabrasive dental cleaner. Dentures should be soaked overnight in water or a cleansing solution. Be sure to thoroughly rinse them before use, particularly if you’re using a cleaning solution.

If you have questions regarding dentures in Virginia Beach, contact the office of Dr. Mary Lewis today at (757) 631-9200.