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Dentures & Partials - Bloomington, IN

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Following advanced tooth loss, the Barco Family Dentistry team is here to help you fully restore your smile. We offer custom crafted partial and full dentures to recreate missing teeth and put the smile back on your face. Our Bloomington dentist and dental care team can create a tooth replacement prosthetic that will allow you to repair the form and function of your damaged smile. Call our Bloomington dentist and team to learn more or schedule a tooth replacement consultation with the Barco Family Dentistry team today.

Partial Dentures

Set of full denturesPartial dentures are often referred to simply as partials. These tooth replacement prosthetics are used to fill the gaps in patients’ smiles left by numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth. A gum-colored base material is used to support all of the replacement teeth. The entire prosthetic is crafted to fit snuggly between the remaining teeth, and they are held in place by metal clasps.

Full Dentures

Model smile with partial denturePatients who’ve lost a full row of teeth will need to receive a denture. Because there are no healthy teeth remaining to support the full dentures, these tooth replacement prosthetics are crafted to fit against the gum line. This creates suction that holds the dentures in place when properly made. Some patients also use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve the stability of their prosthetics.

Benefits of Dentures

Senior couple brushing teethIt’s essential to replace even a single missing tooth, and for patients with numerous missing teeth, it’s even more important. Replacing missing teeth with dentures allows patients with advanced tooth loss to eat a more varied diet, speak more clearly, and smile with complete confidence in any personal or professional situation. If you still have some remaining healthy teeth, a partial denture can also help you avoid further tooth loss.

How to Care for Dentures

To care for your smile, you’ll need to brush your dentures to remove plaque and food buildup. You should always store your partial and full dentures in cool water or cleaning solution over night to prevent drying out. Use oral rinse to remove plaque buildup on your gum line. Every six months, you should visit our team for a checkup. We can examine your partial or full denture and make any repairs you may need during these visits to extend the life of your denture.

How Often to Replace Dentures

In most cases, you’ll need to replace your partial or full dentures every five to ten years. The lifetime of your denture will depend largely on how well you take care of them. Most dental insurance providers offer coverage for new dentures every five years. We typically recommend a new prosthetic every seven years or ten at the very most to ensure proper function. If your denture is damaged or bent, do not wear it. Proceed to our office as soon as possible to have your denture repaired or replaced.

Dentures FAQs

older man smiling

At Barco Family Dentistry, we understand that dentures are a huge investment in the future of your smile. They allow you to eat, speak, and go about your life normally. However, it’s likely that you understandably have some questions about what it’s like to live with them. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the questions about dentures that we get asked the most often, and answered them for you.

Should I Remove My Dentures at Night?

While each and every case is different, we find that with most patients, it’s beneficial to remove their dentures in Bloomington while they sleep. This serves two main purposes. The first is that you have a chance to place your dentures in a glass of lukewarm (not hot) water or denture cleanser to clean them. This removes bacteria that can cause gum disease if you don’t clean it off. The second reason to remove your dentures at night is to give your gum tissue an opportunity to rest. Being exposed to denture adhesive all day can make your gums a little sore, and they will appreciate a nice break.

Will Dentures Affect My Speech?

There may be a grace period at first where you have trouble pronouncing certain words or sounds when you first receive your dentures. Don’t be alarmed. This is completely normal. Any oral appliance takes some time to get used to, and dentures are perhaps the most notorious example of this. Your dentist in Bloomington suggests that you practice reading out loud slowly to get used to speaking with the dentures in. Over time, speaking while wearing them should become second nature.

How Will Dentures Affect My Eating?

Just like with speaking, it will take some time to get adjusted to eating with dentures in. It may help to start by eating soft foods and cutting them up into little bite-sized pieces to make them easier to chew. Use equal chewing pressure on both sides of your mouth to prevent your dentures from slipping around. Chewing slowly may also be helpful. Over a period of a few weeks, eating with dentures should feel just as natural as chewing with your natural pearly whites did.

Will People Be Able to Tell I’m Wearing Dentures?

Because dentures in Bloomington are custom-made to fit you and only you, no one else should be able to tell that you are wearing them – unless, of course, you remove your prosthesis in front of them! Again, there may be a small adjustment period of a few days or weeks where it might be noticeable, only because your mouth is still trying to find the right position to hold your dentures. After that, though, they should perfectly blend in as part of your smile.