Full Dentures in Gretna, LA
At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, Dr. Russell Schafer strives to create fantastic dentures to give the people of Gretna as well as the Greater New Orleans area back their smile.
All of our dentures are custom made by expert USA dental technicians so that your teeth feel good and look great. We do not use cheap foreign labs or low-quality denture materials. Whether you need to replace an old denture or are having one made for the first time, Dr. Schafer and his team work hard so that you get the best new teeth possible.
Immediate dentures, or healing dentures, are made to wear after dental surgery. They are usually made from new molds taken of your mouth but can possibly be made from a current partial denture. Immediate dentures not only give you a smile that you can take home but also act as a band-aid to help your mouth heal after surgery.
Dr. Schafer may also recommend immediate dentures to help you adapt to dentures while the mouth heals by training your tongue and lips to adjust. As you recover from your surgery, the dentures may need a soft liner placed to ensure a better fit as your gums adjust. After a few months of healing, however, immediate dentures will need to be replaced with a new, better custom denture.
Custom Full Denture
Dr. Schafer fabricates our custom full dentures with high-quality acrylic and beautiful, strong teeth. We create our dentures from tough, stain resistant materials so that they can last for many years. While we want your denture to be durable, it shouldn't come at the price of beauty. We want your denture to look so natural that no one will be able to tell. To ensure that you like your smile, we offer a try in so that you can approve the final look and make sure that it is right for you.
Making a Denture
A well-made denture requires between 3 to 5 appointments to make but can be broken into 3 steps.
The first step is making sure that we have a good fit of the denture to the gums by taking good models of the jaws. By properly fitting to the gums, the denture can place an even pressure on the gums as well as have more suction. Having a good fit is crucial to making a denture feel comfortable. Most of the time, the top will have better suction than the bottom as the top has more area of gums to contact. Examples of the surface area can be seen in the following pictures.
Trial Dentures and Bite
The next step is getting a good bite. A good bite will help determine how the jaws line up. This is important for two reasons. The bite and the fit determine where the teeth go and how they close together when chewing. The second reason is that when the bite is good, then the denture is more comfortable as it presses the dentures into the gums evenly on all sides. To do the bite, we mold wax that fits the mouth properly which is called a trial denture. We place the trial dentures in the mouth and line them up properly. We then place a strong material (which is almost always blue) that connects the two trial dentures. The picture below shows the two trial dentures connected by the blue material and the models are placed so that we can tell how the top and bottom jawline up.
The next and most important step is the try in. During the try-in, the denture teeth are placed on the wax trial dentures themselves. This shows exactly where the teeth will be placed in the mouth and the patient can see exactly what their new smile will look like and how the bite will feel. In Dr. Schafer's opinion, this step is crucial because dentures should look natural and beautiful. Often times, Dr. Schafer encourages patients to take how their wax try in and show them to friends and family. At this step, Dr. Schafer encourages all of his patients to be hyper-critical of how their trial smile looks. If it is not loved, he does it again until it looks right. The reason is that when it is a trial smile, it is easy to change as the teeth are in wax.
The Final Product
Finally, by doing all these steps, we create a beautiful, well-fitting denture. From the front, sides, and behind views, the denture fits together well and looks beautiful in the patient's mouth.
After the denture is given to the patient, Dr. Schafer asks for a minimum of three follow up visits: one day, one week, and one month. The one day follow up is to make sure that everything is fitting well. Most dentists do this step. At the one week follow up, the denture wearer has started to learn how the dentures fit and the dentures work. This is the most important of the three visits because if there are issues with the denture such as being too tight or fitting too well to the gums, the issues generally arise at the one week visit. If the denture wearer is having issues at the one week visit, Dr. Schafer recommends returning once a week till the dentures feel comfortable. Finally, the one month visit is to check in and make sure all is ok. By going through all these steps, Dr. Schafer can ensure that each patient gets their smile back.
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We look forward to providing you with dentures that meet your lifestyle and needs. Give us a call today for a free denture exam, x-ray, and consultation.