Dentures in Huntington, Indiana

A denture is a removable appliance created to replace missing teeth. We provide complete dentures for those who are missing all of their teeth and partial dentures for patients who have some natural teeth. No matter how many teeth you are missing, dentures help to keep any remaining teeth and the mouth in good form. For more information on dentures or your other options for replacing missing teeth, give our office a call soon. When in place, dentures can give you the beautiful, functional smile that you have been waiting for!

Dentures

Complete Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. For patients receiving a denture for the first time, there are two different denture services: conventional full dentures and immediate full dentures.

Conventional Full Dentures
Conventional dentures are made after all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before impressions of your mouth are made. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth. The major advantage of this procedure is to give the tissues time to heal in order to get more accurate impressions. Sometimes waiting on healing avoids the need for a relining of the denture, also. However, going without teeth is usually too big of a disadvantage for most patients.

Immediate Full Dentures
An immediate denture is one where the remaining teeth are removed-it may be one tooth or all the teeth-and the new denture is immediately placed in the mouth. Almost all initial dentures are done this way today because patients do not want to go without teeth. On top of the appearance factor, most patients with immediate dentures also learn to speak and eat faster. You will, however, need to have follow-up visits to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heals. This is called a reline or rebase.

Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles after meals. We recommend removing them at night to allow the tissues to heal. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop and break them. Also, never try to adjust or repair your dentures yourself. You could ruin them. You should always seek assistance from us if they feel uncomfortable or loose or need repair. Please; never use super glue on them!!

Denture Repairs

We are able to repair dentures here at our office. Most repairs can be made here in our own lab, which cuts down the time you have to go without teeth. We work quickly to get your dentures back to you! Please, NEVER USE SUPER GLUE ON YOUR DENTURES!!  We may not be able to repair them!!

Implants to talk, eat & smile again

For those who have dentures, dental implants can be a miraculous solution, especially for patients suffering from that notoriously loose lower denture. Implants can be placed into the jaw bone and the denture snaps over the implants to hold the denture in place. This truly has been a miracle for patients to discover they can laugh, smile and eat without being embarrassed. When in place, dental implants can give you the beautiful smile you thought was lost forever. Please call our office soon to schedule your implant consultation with Dr. Regan and learn more about implant dentistry.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are an option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. When possible, it is always recommended to save as many teeth as possible because they can act as anchors to attach your partial. This allows a more stable, functional partial denture. Partial dentures only replace the teeth that are missing and the color is matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth so they are undetectable. There are many types of partial dentures each with their own advantages and disadvantages. They are:

  1. Precision attachment—for patients seeking exceptional care.
  2. Cast gold with surveyed and splinted abutment teeth—for patients seeking exceptional care.
  3. Cast surgical alloy with or without survey and splinted teeth—the most common type, very serviceable.
  4. Flexible acrylic—tissue supported—almost unbreakable.
  5. Acrylic with or without bent wire clasps—frequently used as a temporary appliance, very common because of lower cost.

Reline/Rebase

Do you have loose or floppy dentures that do not stay in place? This can cause difficulty in eating and can cause painful rubbing to gums and tissues. In addition, it can cause damage to your tissues that may require surgery to correct. The bone under your gum tissue is what really supports a denture. There is a natural reduction of the supporting bone over the years but loose fitting dentures may hasten the process. Implants inserted into the bone tend to stop this from happening. Due to shrinkage of the gums, a reline or rebase may be recommended to help your dentures fit better.

Contact Us

John E. Regan, DDS, MAGD

650 Cherry Street Huntington, IN 46750