Dentist Steamboat Springs Dentures

Steamboat Springs Dentures

Dentures can provide a wide variety of benefits to you. Firstly, they improve your ability to chew by replacing areas without teeth. The presence of teeth also helps in providing a natural facial appearance. Wearing dentures to replace missing teeth helps correct facial structure by giving support to the lips and cheeks. By replacing teeth, especially those in the front, patients are better able to speak. Ultimately, the addition of dentures helps patients feel better about themselves and allows them to comfortably chew all their favorite foods.



Complete or Full dentures can be found in two forms, "conventionalā€¯ or "immediateā€¯.


Immediate dentures are made to be placed as soon as the teeth have been extracted. The major plus of immediate dentures is that the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. On the contrary, since bones and gums shrink over time it may be a disadvantage to have immediate dentures because they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process. Immediate dentures may also need additional  hard relines to perfect the fit once bones and gums have completely healed.

Conventional Dentures are placed only after extraction sites have completely healed.. Conventional dentures are generally ready to be placed in the mouth within 8-12 weeks after the teeth extraction.  The advantage with conventional dentures is that less adjustments are necessary to perfect the fit.  The disadvantage is that the patient is without teeth for a period of 8-12 weeks.

Whichever method you choose, your new dentures will enable you to enjoy one of the most simple pleasures in life, comfortably chewing all your favorite foods!

Partial Dentures

In order to maintain a healthy and quality smile it is very important to replace missing teeth. The absence of teeth may lead to adverse effects. The most common problem associated with missing teeth is that remaining ones may change position, which ultimately can destroy  the proper alignment of your teeth. Additionally, crooked teeth make maintaining hygiene more difficult. By not properly taking care of your teeth you may develop periodontial disease, which can make you lose even more teeth.

Partial dentures are replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. The base is held by a metal framework which attaches the partial denture to your remaining teeth. Partial dentures help fill in spaces created by missing teeth and help restore a healthy smile. Partial dentures also assist in chewing food properly, improved speech, and proper facial support.

How do partial dentures work?

Partial dentures use what are called precision attachments, or metal clasps, which attach to your natural teeth. The beauty of these precision attachments is that they are nearly invisible and make your teeth look almost 100% natural. Often if you have crowns on your natural teeth, these may improve the fit of a partial denture. As you get older, the denture may require adjusting. The shape of your mouth naturally changes as you age, thus resulting in a partial denture adjustment. It is important that if your dentures do not fit, that you have them adjusted by your dentist. Failure to adjust your dentures may result in sores and/or infections. It is important that you see your dentist immediately if your denture loosens.


How long does it take getting used to either full or partial denture?

Initially the partial denture will feel unnatural and bulky. In time, however, your mouth will become used to wearing the denture. Like many new appliances, inserting and removing the denture will take practice. It is important to remember that you should never bite down on a partial denture to help fixate it. This could damage the denture by bending or breaking the clasps.


How will my dentures impact my speech?

Partial or Full dentures will help improve your speech. The absence of teeth makes speaking clearly a difficult task. By wearing dentures you may find it easier to pronounce your words clearly. Initially, it will take time getting used to speaking with the dentures but with practice your overall speech will improve greatly.


How will my dentures impact my eating?

For starters, you should begin with eating softer foods. These foods should be cut into smaller pieces to make the chewing easier for you. It is very important that you chew on both sides of the mouth to ensure that there is even pressure on the denture. It is also recommended that you try avoiding extremely hard and/or sticky foods. Initially, you may also want to avoid chewing gum while you get used to wearing the denture.  Properly chewing your food is one of the most simple pleasures of life, with your new dentures you can enjoy eating all your favorite foods!