Dentures are removable dental appliances that restore your smile by replacing missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Your team of Aspen Dental Denture Experts can walk you through your options to determine which type is best for you.
A single denture arch replaces either all of your upper or all of your lower teeth. You will need two denture arches to replace all of your teeth. Each arch consists of customizable teeth and an acrylic base made to a shade that resembles your gums. At Aspen Dental, you can choose from a variety of gum and teeth shades that look as natural as your own—so your smile will, too.
With proper care, dentures typically last between 5 and 10 years, depending on the durability of their material and how well you care for them.
Dentures can take some time getting used to, but don't worry, you’ve got this! Within the first few weeks of wearing them, your dentures will feel more comfortable as you practice speaking and even reading aloud. Of course, your Aspen Dental care team with be with every step of the way, too.
Your Aspen Dental dentist recommends that dentures be removed at night to keep your gums healthy and prevent inflammation, bacterial growth or a fungal infection, such as Candidiasis which is caused by a variant of yeast called Candida, from forming within your mouth.
Taking care of dentures is an easy process and will help them to last longer. It’s best to clean them daily with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner or mild soap. Never use toothpaste to clean your dentures, as they contain abrasives that can create small scratches on the surface of your denture, making it prone to staining and bacterial build-up. If you need further guidance, our team can help you find denture-friendly supplies at an Aspen Dental near you.
Yes, dentures can often be repaired if they break. At many Aspen Dental locations, we offer same-day repairs right in our on-site labs. It’s important that your team of Denture Experts professionally repairs any breaks or cracks to ensure optimal fit and comfort.
As you adjust to your new dentures, we recommend starting with soft foods and cutting them into small pieces. It’s best to chew slowly and use both sides of your mouth to distribute pressure evenly. Your Aspen Dental care team can provide more tips for living with your new smile as you heal.
Yes, you may need to replace your dentures every 5 to 10 years, as the shape of your mouth changes over time. General wear and tear also factor into the longevity of your smile. Your Aspen Dental dentist can advise you on when it’s time for new dentures.