Cosmetic Dentures

Believe it or not, most dentists do not get excited about making dentures for their patients. However, after successfully completing many cosmetic denture cases, I have found the results are many times overwhelming!

Cosmetic dentistry is usually discussed in terms of implants, veneers and whitening treatments. However, both partial and full dentures should be included in the cosmetics category as well. While dentures are usually made for functional reasons rather than esthetics, they can provide improvements in physical appearance that often go well beyond just repairing your smile. Dentures often assist in smoothing out facial wrinkles and filling out sunken cheeks, both of which can greatly enhance your appearance and self-esteem .

Cosmetic dentistry is on the rise, and along with it, better oral care. Technology allows for modern dentures to be just as aesthetically pleasing as implants, veneers, or real teeth. As the patient, you have the power to provide input on tooth color, shape and positioning. A recent survey noted that denture labs reported increased requests for lighter shades of dentures. It is clear the growing desire for whiter teeth does not reside only with those who have kept their natural teeth. At our office, we can make a duplicate of your existing denture if you need a replacement. Our lab has an excellent opportunity to make your new denture fit almost like your old one – like wearing “an old shoe”.

We can also make your very first set of dentures with your input on how you would like them to look. The results are amazing!

Surprise! You will still need regular dental visits! Studies indicate that the majority of denture wearers are failing to keep their dentures clean. We can show you how to care for your new dentures in ways that will promote better oral and systemic health.
Proper care includes regular professional cleanings. When you come in for a cleaning, dentures may be examined for proper fit, function and alignment. If regular use, wear, or some type of accident has damaged the denture, repairs and relining may be necessary. We also like to do an oral cancer screening, which can be performed in just a few minutes. This is something everyone (particularly those over 40 years old) should be receiving regularly.

Along with professional cleanings, at-home treatments are an essential element in denture cleanliness. Recommending daily brushing along with the use of effervescent treatments such as Polident (GlaxoSmithKline) can assist you in preventing the build-up of odor-causing bacteria.