Gentle Dental Care

General Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists, & Family Dentists located in Grand Island, NE

Losing several or all of your teeth sounds frightening, but it becomes more and more of a possibility the older you get. At Gentle Dental Care in Grand Island, Nebraska, the team is quick to replace your teeth with implant-supported or removable dentures that allow you to keep eating and speaking without struggling. Call Gentle Dental Care today to reserve your appointment and decide if dentures are right for you.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are dental prosthetics that consist of a few false teeth or a full row of them. They also usually include a false gumline to complete the look and make your new teeth look more natural in your mouth. 

Complete dentures are necessary if you need your entire upper or lower row of teeth replaced, while partial dentures are necessary if you still have healthy teeth around a large gap that needs to be filled. Partial dentures are anchored to your healthy teeth for added stability. 

When you come to Gentle Dental Care for a new set of dentures, the team evaluates your smile’s structure and custom creates your dentures to look just like your natural teeth — but better. They walk you through each step of getting your dentures to make sure they’re a good fit and that you adjust to using them. 

What are my options for dentures?

You have two main options for dentures: implant-supported dentures and removable dentures. The dental team physically examines your mouth and may take X-rays while deciding which option is best for you. Here are their differences:

Implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures, or fixed dentures, rely on dental implants to hold them sturdy. They include attachments that snap onto and off of the abutments of dental implants. Your dentist makes sure you have an adequate bone density in your jaw to place up to four implants to hold in your new set of teeth. Implants are available for full and partial dentures.

Removable dentures

Removable dentures fit directly over your gums. The muscles in your mouth must adjust to holding them in place without support from your jawbone. Removable dentures are available in full or partial sets.

How can I take care of my dentures?

To take care of your dentures and make them last for many years, you must be diligent about your oral health and hygiene. The team at Gentle Dental Care gives you a comprehensive list of instructions about caring for your dentures and your gums. Taking care of your dentures involves:

  • Brushing your dentures with a soft toothbrush
  • Brushing your gums with a soft toothbrush
  • Using a non-abrasive soap or cleaner to clean your dentures
  • Storing your dentures in lukewarm water when you’re not wearing them
  • Removing your dentures while you sleep
  • Avoiding all kinds of chewing gum

Keep in mind that whitening treatments don’t work on dentures, but gentle routine cleanings can keep them bright white. With the right care, your set of dentures can last for 5-8 years before needing replacement.

Compare your options for dentures by booking an appointment over the phone with Gentle Dental Care today. 

Notes: They do implant-supported dentures as well as removable / make sure to mention partial dentures as well