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Idaho Falls Dentures

Dentures in Idaho Falls

Loosing a tooth or teeth can be tremendously difficult. There are the cosmetic factors that make people feel self-conscious and insecure. There are also physical and mechanical issues that can arise from having to alter the way you eat, chew, form words while speaking, etc.

Dentures and partial dentures are available at Sandcreek Dental, the best dentists in Idaho Falls and the surrounding area. Dentures and partial dentures fill any tooth loss gaps with false teeth. We offer a range of tooth replacement options. If you are ready to learn more about the available options, reach out to us by phone (208) 525-4780.

Why Get Dentures?

Dentures play a multifaceted role in improving the quality of life for those who receive them. Functionally, they restore the ability to eat and speak effectively, addressing practical challenges associated with tooth loss. Psychologically, dentures enhance self-esteem and confidence by providing a cosmetic solution to the aesthetic consequences of tooth loss. Socially, they enable individuals to engage more confidently in social interactions, fostering connections and enriching overall well-being. As a comprehensive solution, dentures empower individuals to embrace life with renewed vitality and optimism, demonstrating the profound impact of oral health on overall quality of life.

The Denture Process

Getting dentures is a process that involves several steps, typically guided by dental professionals. Here is a step-by-step guide on how individuals typically go through the process of getting dentures:

  1. Consultation and Assessment – The journey to dentures usually begins with a consultation with a dentist. During this initial visit, the dentist will assess the individual’s oral health, take X-rays, and discuss the patient’s dental history.
  2. Treatment Plan Development – Based on the assessment, the dentist will develop a treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs. This plan outlines the type of dentures that would be most suitable, whether it’s full dentures for complete tooth loss or partial dentures to replace specific missing teeth.
  3. Tooth Extraction (if necessary) – If there are remaining natural teeth that need to be extracted, the dentist will schedule a separate appointment for tooth removal. This step is necessary for individuals transitioning from natural teeth to full dentures.
  4. Impressions and Measurements – Once the teeth are extracted, or if the individual already has missing teeth, the dentist will take impressions of the gums and any remaining teeth. These impressions help create accurate molds for the construction of the dentures.
  5. Temporary Dentures (if required) – In some cases, individuals may receive temporary dentures (immediate dentures) to wear while waiting for the permanent ones to be fabricated. These temporaries help protect the gums and provide functional teeth during the healing period after extractions.
  6. Denture Design and Fabrication – Using the impressions and measurements, a dental laboratory will create a customized set of dentures. The design takes into consideration factors such as tooth color, shape, and size to achieve a natural appearance.
  7. Fitting Appointment – Once the dentures are ready, the individual returns to the dentist for a fitting appointment. The dentist ensures that the dentures fit properly, making adjustments as needed to achieve comfort and proper alignment.
  8. Education and Care Instructions – The dentist provides detailed instructions on how to care for the dentures. This includes proper cleaning techniques, storage when not in use, and advice on adjusting to the new prosthetic.
  9. Follow-Up Appointments – Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor the individual’s adjustment to the dentures and address any issues or discomfort. Adjustments may be made to improve the fit and functionality of the dentures.
  10. Maintenance and Regular Check-ups – Proper maintenance is crucial for the longevity of dentures. Individuals are advised to attend regular check-ups with their dentist for professional cleaning, adjustments, and to address any changes in oral health.

By following these steps and maintaining regular dental care, individuals can successfully transition to dentures and enjoy the improved oral health, functionality, and aesthetics that dentures provide.

Types of Dentures

When considering dentures, patients can choose between full and partial dentures. In fact, over the past few years, dentists created hybrids with other dental treatments to provide patients with even more options. Here is a shortlist of denture options one can consider:

  1. Full Dentures Most commonly used by seniors, these dentures replace a complete set of teeth. They sit directly on top of the gums. Some patients are good candidates for immediate placement. In this instance, the dentist places the previously made dentures immediately after the extraction of the teeth. For everyone else, the dentist may recommend waiting eight to 12 weeks after teeth removal.
  2. Partial Dentures If the patient still has a number of healthy teeth left, the dentist may recommend partial dentures. This usually requires the use of a metal piece to which a pink-colored base is attached. The metal helps to anchor the false teeth to the natural teeth to prevent movement.
  3. Implant-Supported Dentures This method blends dental implants with dentures. Instead of anchoring all the teeth in place individually, the dentist may add several dental implants that hold the full upper and/or lower set in place. Dentists may use this for partial dentures too. These dentures are not removable once in place. Please note that not all patients are good candidates for these.
  4. Overdentures or Snap-In Dentures When patients prefer to retain the ability to remove dentures, but like the stability of implants, they may opt for overdentures. These are handy in instances where a person has no teeth, as the dental implants provide an anchor that the teeth can sit on. For even more excellent stability, patients may opt for snap-in dentures. In this case, the implants have locator receptors, and the dentures have attachments. These work together to snap the dentures into place for a snug fit.

The option a patient chooses will depend on that patient’s unique situation and health. Our team is available to discuss all the options. We will help you determine the right one for you.

How to Care for Dentures

Dentures do require ongoing maintenance outside of the typical oral hygiene routine. Many people believe they can set dentures down by the side of the bed. However, this can lead to warping and cracking over time.

Patients should soak dentures overnight. Avoid hot water, as this may also cause warping. Never use a denture solution directly in the mouth. Patients who use denture solutions should rinse thoroughly before placing dentures in the mouth because denture solutions should not be ingested. Our team can help you determine if a solution is right for your regimen.

It is also important to note that dentures require cleaning, just like regular teeth do. Whenever possible, remove dentures after eating or drinking and rinse them to get rid of food particles. Patients should brush dentures at least once per day. Dentists recommend a soft-bristled brush as a more abrasive brush may cause damage over time.

Even if no teeth remain, continued dental hygiene is essential. Brush the teeth and gums and floss any remaining teeth. Patients may use gauze or a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the cheeks, roof of the mouth, and the tongue. Finally, people who use adhesives should take care to remove it.

Common Myths and Misconceptions

One of the most common myths we hear about dentures is that once a patient gets their dentures created and placed, they are set for life. Dentures typically last for five to 10 years. Since this is a long time, patients may wonder how to know when they need new dentures. If the color has changed dramatically or there is physical damage, dentures may need replacement. A common telling sign is when they no longer fit securely.

Some people believe that if they remove all their teeth and get full dentures, they will never need to set foot in a dentist’s office again.This is not true and regular dental visits are still necessary. Dentists are in the best position to tell patients whether or not they need to get their dentures repaired or replaced. In fact, the dentist may adjust dentures during annual or bi-annual visits to keep them fitting correctly. Dentists also pay keen attention to gum health especially if the patient smokes or suffers from an illness affecting the gums.

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About Us

Sandcreek Dental is a Family-Friendly Dentist Providing Personal Care since 1998 committed to providing quality dental care to families located in Idaho Falls, Ammon and the surrounding areas.

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2460 E 25th St.
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

(208) 525-4780

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8am-5pm
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