Partials And Dentures Specialist

Nancy Rotroff DDS MAGD and Gerard Wasselle DMD

Cosmetic, Restorative, General and Implant Dentistry located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Did you know that 26 percent of adults who are 74 years old are missing all of their teeth? Needing partial dentures or complete dentures can result from aging or a condition such as periodontitis. Occasionally, younger adults need dentures due to severe reflux, which causes stomach acids to bubble up to the mouth and eat away the enamel of their teeth. Our doctors in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, have the advanced training needed to fit you with dentures that are natural looking and fit like a glove. Call our office to schedule a consultation.

Partials and Dentures Q & A



What is the function of partials and dentures?

Complete denture is natural-looking, removable replacement teeth held on a  thin gum-colored acrylic base that rests on the gum tissue. They are an economical and efficient way to restore your function and smile. While traditional dentures boast a long history of successful use, modern technology offers some options to enhance the way dentures fit and the way you look. In many cases, dentures can be secured more firmly to your jaw with the use of dental implants placed in the jaw. In addition to having greater retention and a more natural look, implant-supported dentures tend to last longer. Dr, Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle can discuss these options and help you understand the ways they can improve your experience with dentures.

Dentists offer partial dentures as an economical solution to replace missing teeth, fill in the spaces, improve chewing ability, and restore your confidence to smile. A partial denture will also help keep your natural teeth from shifting, lowering the risk of losing those teeth in the future Most partial dentures contain a thin metal framework that is designed with small metal clasps that wrap around the gum line of existing teeth. This allows for a smooth, non-bulky feel. The framework is supported by your natural teeth to provide a reliable, secure appliance that is easy to use and remove.

What is the procedure for getting partial dentures or complete dentures?

After consulting with your family dentist and discussing all treatment options, a mold of your teeth and measurements will be taken to ensure your dentures will fit securely and match the look of your natural teeth. The mold and measurements are sent to a dental lab that will fabricate your custom dentures. Dentures inherently bring some challenges, especially to new wearers, and you may require minor adjustments until you are comfortable with your new restorations. Our goal is to minimize any frustrations and keep you as comfortable as possible.

Will I be able to eat, speak, and sleep normally after I get dentures?

New dentures may feel strange the first week or so. For the first few days, you should chew in small bites and eat soft foods. Your mouth gradually adapts to the new dentures as muscles in your mouth learn how to keep them in place.

Our doctors guide you on how best to use your dentures. For example, you should avoid chewing gum and using toothpicks with dentures. After a while, inserting them into your mouth and taking them out is going to be as natural as breathing.

The doctors may decide that you can use a small amount of an adhesive -- either a powder or paste -- to help the dentures adhere to your gums.

If you find that you cannot pronounce certain words clearly, simply practice by yourself, saying them aloud. In time, your mouth adjusts to your new teeth.

During the first few days, you're going to wear the dentures day and night. Constant use allows our doctors to see what adjustments if any, we need to make.

After this initial period, you can take the dentures out at night to allow for normal salivation of your gums.