Did you know that 26 percent of adults who are 74 years old are missing all of their teeth? Needing partial dentures, called bridges, 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. Dr. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, has the advanced training needed to fit you with dentures that are natural looking and fit like a glove. Call her office or book an appointment online today if you need partial or complete dentures.
Complete dentures are removable replacements for all of your teeth and the tissue around them.
Dentists use partial dentures when some of your original teeth are still in place in your upper or lower set of teeth. Partial dentures include artificial teeth on a synthetic base attached to a metal frame. The frame has handles that grasp the crowns on either side.
Dr. Rotroff measures your jaws and the space between them and also makes impressions of the jaws. She creates models that are the exact shape of the dentures. You’ll try the model dentures a few times, and Dr. Rotroff will examine how they fit as well as their color and shape before the lab makes the final dentures.
When the dentures arrive, she can make any necessary adjustments. 'Conventional’ dentures are ready between 8-12 weeks after the dentist extracts any remaining teeth.
However, you don’t have to go that long without teeth; Dr. Rotroff can fit you with ‘temporary’ dentures for the meantime.
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.
Dr. Rotroff guides 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.
Dr. Rotroff 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 Dr. Rotroff to see what adjustments if any, she needs to make.
After this initial period, you can take the dentures out at night to allow for normal salivation of your gums.