Dentures

Dentures

Dentures are removable dental appliances designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are custom-made to fit comfortably inside the mouth and restore the functionality and appearance of natural teeth. Dentures can be either partial or complete, depending on whether a patient is missing some or all of their teeth.

Here are the main types of dentures offered at SoonerCare DDS:

  1. Complete Dentures: These are used when all natural teeth are missing in either the upper (maxillary) or lower (mandibular) arch of the mouth. Complete dentures consist of a flesh-colored acrylic base that sits over the gums. The base supports a full set of artificial teeth made from acrylic or porcelain, which are designed to closely resemble natural teeth.
  2. Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a metal framework or acrylic base. Partial dentures are secured in place by clasps that attach to neighboring natural teeth, providing stability and preventing them from shifting.

Dentures are not only functional but also contribute to better oral health by supporting facial structures, preventing remaining teeth from shifting, and enabling patients to chew and speak more effectively. They are custom-made to fit each patient's unique oral anatomy, ensuring comfort and natural appearance. Regular adjustments and maintenance are necessary to ensure proper fit and function over time.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures offer several benefits for individuals who have lost some or all of their natural teeth. Here are the key advantages:

  • Restored Functionality: Dentures enable individuals to chew food more effectively, improving their ability to eat a varied and nutritious diet. This enhances digestion and overall health.
  • Improved Speech: Missing teeth can affect speech clarity. Dentures replace missing teeth, helping individuals speak more clearly and confidently.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Dentures are customized to match the shape and color of natural teeth, restoring the appearance of a full smile and improving facial aesthetics. This can boost self-esteem and confidence.
  • Support for Facial Muscles: Loss of teeth can lead to sagging facial muscles, which can make a person look older. Dentures support facial muscles and structures, maintaining a more youthful appearance.
  • Prevention of Shifting Teeth: When teeth are missing, remaining teeth may shift into the gaps, causing misalignment and bite problems. Dentures prevent this shifting by filling in gaps and maintaining proper tooth alignment.
  • Durability and Longevity: Modern dentures are made from durable materials such as acrylic or porcelain, ensuring longevity with proper care and maintenance.
  • Customizable Options: Dentures are customized to fit each individual's mouth comfortably. They can be adjusted and modified as needed to ensure optimal fit and function.
  • Cost-Effective Tooth Replacement: Compared to other tooth replacement options like dental implants, dentures are generally more cost-effective, making them accessible for many patients.
  • Versatility: Dentures can be either partial or complete, accommodating different levels of tooth loss and oral health needs.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Overall, dentures help restore oral health, function, and aesthetics, contributing to a better quality of life for individuals who have lost teeth.

By providing functional and aesthetic benefits, dentures play a crucial role in restoring oral health and improving overall well-being for individuals experiencing tooth loss. Regular dental check-ups and proper care are essential to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of dentures. Call us to learn more.

The Denture Process

Consultation and Examination

Dr. Rick Franklin will conduct a thorough examination of your oral health and discuss your goals for tooth replacement. This includes assessing your gums, jawbone health, and any remaining natural teeth.

Custom Design

Based on the examination results, impressions and measurements of your mouth are taken to create custom dentures that fit comfortably and securely.

Fitting and Adjustment

Once your dentures are fabricated, they are fitted and adjusted to ensure proper alignment, comfort, and functionality. Dr. Rick Franklin will make necessary adjustments to ensure your dentures fit snugly and function optimally.

Education and Care

Our team at SoonerCare DDS will provide comprehensive instructions on how to care for your dentures, including cleaning techniques and regular maintenance to ensure longevity and oral health.

Follow-Up Visits

Periodic follow-up visits with Dr. Rick Franklin are essential to assess the fit and function of your dentures, address any concerns, and make adjustments as needed to maintain optimal comfort and performance.

Caring for Your Dentures

  • Daily Cleaning: Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner to remove food particles and plaque.
  • Proper Storage: Keep your dentures moist when not in use to prevent them from drying out and losing their shape. Soak them in water or a denture solution recommended by Dr. Rick Franklin.
  • Regular Check-Ups: Schedule regular dental check-ups at SoonerCare DDS to ensure your dentures fit properly and to monitor your oral health.

Conclusion

At SoonerCare DDS in Tulsa, OK, Dr. Rick Franklin and our experienced team are committed to providing high-quality denture services that restore function, aesthetics, and confidence to our patients. Whether you need partial or complete dentures, we are here to guide you through every step of the process, from initial consultation to ongoing care. If you're considering dentures or have questions about tooth replacement options, contact SoonerCare DDS to schedule your appointment. Let us help you regain a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.

Are you ready to prioritize your oral health? Visit SoonerCare DDS, conveniently located at 3747 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK. Led by Dr. Rick Franklin, our dedicated team is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive dental services for you and your family. Call us at (918) 601-5510 or visit our website to book your appointment and discover why SoonerCare DDS is your trusted partner in dental health.