Dental technician talking to a patient about dentures

Gone are the days of clunky, uncomfortable dentures. With modern techniques and technology, dentures look, feel and function more like natural teeth than ever before. At Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS, Dr. Wynn and the rest of her committed team is proud to offer full and partial denture treatments as well as implant-supported dentures.


Who should get dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic teeth designed to look and function as closely as possible to natural teeth. They are used to replace a few or even all of a person’s teeth. Dentures can help restore a natural-looking smile while allowing their user to eat and speak normally again. Dr. Wynn may recommend dentures for those who have several teeth missing, or for those who need to have any or all of their original teeth removed.


How do dentures work?

There are two different types of traditional dentures — full and partial. For those who are missing all of their teeth, full dentures are often recommended. These dentures are removable — making them easy to maintain and care for.


Partial dentures are used to fill gaps when one or more teeth are missing. They are often attached to the surrounding teeth with a thin framework or clasps. Partial dentures can be removed when necessary.


Dentures are made to specially fit your mouth for a natural appearance and smile. They can help maintain your overall oral health by providing structural support to your face and to the bones in your mouth and enable proper eating and speaking ability.  Of course, dentures restore the cosmetic appearance of your mouth too.


How is an implant-supported denture different from a traditional denture?

A traditional denture relies on the shape of your mouth for overall support. The prosthesis rests on your gums and underlying bone structure, which can create sore spots. The denture can easily be removed for cleaning because it is not a permanent appliance. Some people prefer traditional dentures to replace teeth.


An implant-supported denture is affixed to your mouth, permanently, by 4 or more dental implants. Instead of resting on your gums, the denture is attached to implants that are embedded into the gums. This type of dental prosthesis can only be removed by a dentist for cleaning and maintenance. However, implant-supported dentures offer stability and a more natural fit that more closely resembles real teeth.


Should you choose implant-supported dentures, Dr. Wynn will refer you to a highly reputable prosthodontist for the posts to be placed and she will provide the denture portion of the appliance.


How do I care for my dentures?

Dentures need to be cared for just like your natural teeth. Without proper care and hygiene, dentures will begin to develop plaque and tartar. They should be removed and rinsed after every meal and carefully brushed each day.


Your dentures will need to be kept moist when they are not in use. Dr. Wynn will be happy to recommend a soaking solution to keep your dentures clean and in great shape.


To learn more about full and partial dentures, contact our office for more information. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or schedule a consultation with you!

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