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February 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Are you a denture wearer or anticipate a new prosthetic? Then, the dentists at Craig C. Callen DDS & Associates in Mansfield, OH, ask you to keep your denture in good shape. Dr. Callen and Dr. Nichols know that routine care makes your mouth healthy and your smile sparkling and functional. Learn more here.

Denture types

There are many wonderful prosthetics available to people who have lost one, two, or even all of their teeth. Custom-crafted from your oral impressions and style preferences, dentures from your Mansfield, OH, dentists are high quality, very functional, well-fitting and natural-looking.

Denture types range from partial dentures to immediate dentures to full, conventional dentures to innovative implant-supported prosthetics. Together, you and your dentist will determine which kind will suit your particular needs.

Caring for dentures

If you're a new denture wearer, understand that it does take time to grow accustomed to your new teeth. Chewing is a bit different than with your natural teeth, and speech changes, too. However, over the ensuing weeks after the denture placement, you'll adjust to your dentures.

After denture placement, you must carefully maintain any remaining natural teeth, your soft oral tissues, and the prosthetic itself. Here are some general guidelines to maintain your health, preserve the structural integrity of your denture and enjoy the good oral function.

Aspects of routine care include:

  • Brushing your denture daily with a gentle denture cleaner (approved by the American Dental Association) or even a mild soap and water. Place a towel or washcloth in the bathroom sink (to cushion the denture if you drop it), and use a soft denture brush to remove food particles and plaque.
  • Cleaning your denture after each meal and before going to bed. Most people leave dentures out at night to rest their soft oral tissues.
  • Brushing and flossing any remaining natural teeth or dental implants.
  • Never use hot water to brush or soak your prosthetic as this causes warping.
  • Seeing Dr. Callen or Dr. Nichols every six months for a cleaning and check-up. If you develop sore spots on your gums or damage your denture in any way, call the office right away for an appointment.

A great smile

You can have one when you maintain your dentures. At the Mansfield, OH, offices of Craig C. Callen DDS & Associates, we want you to have the best looking and functioning smile possible. Call Dr. Callen or Dr. Nichols with any questions or concerns you may have: (419) 756-0188.

January 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

If you have experienced tooth loss, consider trying dentures. They are an effective way to restore your smile. Dentures can also reduce some of the unwanted side effects of tooth loss, such as facial sagging or changes in speech. We offer several types of dentures at Craig C. Callen, DDS & Associates in Mansfield. Dr. Craig Callen or Dr. Richard Nichols can recommend a type of denture best suited to your needs.

Types of Dentures

Dentures are dental appliances with prosthetic teeth that can restore your smile by replacing teeth that are missing. Several types of dentures are available to meet a wide range of needs. The two main categories of dentures are full and partial. Full or complete dentures are used when replacing a full row of teeth, while partial dentures fill in the gaps around any remaining natural teeth.

There are different types of both full and partial dentures. Transitional partial dentures are worn temporarily to give you a full smile while waiting for custom removable partial dentures to be fabricated, which are meant to be worn long term. Since they are custom made, removable partial dentures provide a better fit.

Immediate full dentures serve a similar purpose as transitional partial dentures. They are also only meant to be worn temporarily while waiting for conventional full dentures to be custom made. Conventional dentures are also referred to as traditional full dentures and can be worn long-term. Additionally, they offer a perfect fit by conforming to your mouth over time.

Another type of denture is a fixed denture or overdenture. This type of denture is held in place by dental implants and crowns. An overdenture can also be anchored in place by fitting dental crowns over existing natural teeth. The skilled dentists at our office in Mansfield can fit you for dentures that meet your individual needs.

Benefits of Dentures

Restoring your smile with dentures has several benefits. In addition to filling in gaps and replacing lost teeth, dentures can minimize the side effects of tooth loss. For example, without enough teeth to support facial muscles, the face can begin to droop and sag. Dentures can restore the natural contours of the face by providing extra support for muscles.

Speech can also be affected by tooth loss. The teeth normally guide tongue placement when speaking, but gaps in your smile can change the way you sound when talking. By filling in the gaps, dentures help improve speech.

Another benefit of dentures is that you can eat a wider variety of foods again. Plus, with biting and chewing functions more evenly distributed across a full set of teeth, there will be less strain on the remaining natural teeth since they no longer have to compensate for missing ones.

If you are losing teeth, dentures could provide the solution you need. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Callen or Dr. Nichols to learn more about dentures by calling Craig C. Callen, DDS & Associates in Mansfield at (419) 756-0188.