Dentures & Partials - Gorham, ME
A Reliable, Cost-Effective Solution
to Tooth Loss
The loss of one natural tooth is devastating all on its own, but the loss of several or even an entire arch can result in severe complications for a patient’s overall quality of life. All of a sudden, it may be difficult to eat favorite foods, speak clearly with friends, and even smile. At Morgan-Hill Dental Care, our capable dentists are here to help you regain a smile that provides the reliability and high level of function you need to enjoy every day to the fullest once more. To explore your denture options here in Gorham, ME, please don’t hesitate to schedule a FREE consultation today.
Why Choose Morgan-Hill Dental Care for Dentures & Partials?
- Implant-Retained Dentures Available
- FREE 1st Visits & 2nd Opinions
- 100% Customization – No “One Size Fits All”
Traditional Full Dentures
When an entire arch of natural teeth have been lost, a traditional full denture can provide comprehensive coverage when patients need it most. This style of prosthetic is designed to sit on top of the natural gum line and stay in place through natural suction. Some patients prefer to use a little extra denture adhesive for additional stability, but this shouldn’t be necessary. Your full denture will be removable and should be taken out of the mouth while sleeping and when practicing oral hygiene.
Traditional Partial Dentures
If the patient has lost certain teeth along a single arch of the mouth and wants to preserve the natural, healthy structure that remains, a partial denture is the right choice. This style of prosthetic will attach into place with the help of brackets and/or clasps, filling these gaps in a lifelike and functional manner. Like full dentures, partials are designed to be removable.
At Morgan-Hill Dental Care, we strongly recommend that our patients consider outfitting their new or existing denture with state-of-the-art dental implants. Because implants are placed directly within the jawbone, they support oral health and also prevent the gradual deterioration of the jawbone over time, which is often what leads to a “hunched” facial appearance in elderly people. Once anchored in place over implants, your new “teeth” will also feel more stable, provide a wider range of function, and last longer without the need for repairs and replacements.
Getting dentures usually represents a big change in your life, and there are probably plenty of things that you’re uncertain about. During your free consultation, we encourage you to ask any questions you have about dentures, how they work, and what is going to happen during the process. The questions below are a few examples of things that our patients often ask when getting dentures for the first time; check to see if the answers you’re looking for are down below.
When Will I Get My Dentures After My Teeth Have Been Pulled?
Your gums will need to heal after an extraction; we will have to wait to place dentures until after the recovery process is complete. The wait time is usually between six to eight weeks, but this might vary depending on the kind of denture you get as well as your body’s personal healing capabilities. If your dentures are being anchored to dental implants, then it will be about four to six months before you receive your permanent new teeth; that is usually about the amount of time it will take for the implants to fuse with the bone tissue.
Will Getting Dentures Hurt?
If tooth extraction or implant surgery are part of the denture process, then you can expect some discomfort after the procedure, which you can usually control with pain medication. Usually, the soreness will improve after 5 days at most. As for the dentures themselves, they may irritate the soft tissues in your mouth somewhat, and they may feel uncomfortable for a few months while your mouth adjusts. (This adjustment period may last even longer if you are getting new dentures to replace old ones.) Ultimately, any pain you experience should fade over time, and if it doesn’t, you need to call us right away to check for potential oral health issues or fitting problems.
Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?
If your dentures fit correctly, then they’ll change the shape of your face for the better. Facial muscles start to sag once there are no teeth to support them, giving your face an older, more shrunken appearance. Dentures can provide the support these muscles need and keep your face looking younger. However, if the dentures don’t fit correctly, the support they provide will suffer. That’s why we’re very particular about designing fully personalized dentures that fit perfectly on your gums.
Will I Still Be Able to Eat Steak with Dentures?
Steak is considered a prime example of food that is hard to chew with dentures, but it’s actually doable if you take the right steps first. First of all, you can choose easier-to-chew cuts like tenderloin that don’t contain tough connected tissues. The meat should always be thoroughly tenderized before being cooked. Always cut your steak into small pieces – the smaller the better. Finally, make sure your dentures are as stable as possible so that you can chew comfortably; using an adhesive can help them stay in place.