Partials and Full Dentures in Gilbert, AZ
Although the priority of our dentist at Smiles of Gilbert Dentistry is to save teeth, sometimes teeth require removing. Whether you lose your teeth to trauma or decay, they typically need replacing. After evaluating your teeth, our dentist may recommend partials and full dentures to replace your natural teeth.
Preparing for Artificial Teeth
While evaluating your teeth, our dentist in Gilbert, AZ will determine if you need a partial denture or full denture. After discussing the options with you, they will take x-rays of your teeth to send to a dental laboratory. These impressions will give the lab the measurements they need to size the replacement teeth correctly.
If you’re getting full dentures, any remaining healthy teeth will require removal as well to accommodate the dentures. The extractions may be done in our office, or our dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.
Partial dentures do not require the removal of healthy teeth. They are typically used when a patient still has many healthy teeth remaining.
In some cases, the dentures may be put into your mouth immediately after removing the natural teeth. Along with stopping the bleeding, you can adjust to the artificial teeth. When the swelling of your gums subsides, our dentist near you will adjust the teeth’s base so that it fits your gums snugly.
Taking Care of Your Mouth
After removing your teeth and inserting the partial or full dentures, you may experience some initial discomfort. Our dentist will prescribe a pain reliever and have you gargle with lukewarm salted water to help your gums heal quickly.
You will also need to be careful about what you eat. Avoid using a straw or smoking for 24-48 hours after the procedure so that you don’t dislodge the clots, and call our dentist immediately if you experience pain or fever.
Our dentist at Smiles of Gilbert Dentistry will evaluate your gums’ condition and the fit of the partial or dentures about two weeks after placing them. This examination ensures that the artificial teeth fit well, you don’t have any problems using them, and you’re happy with your new, beautiful smile.