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Dentures – Jacksonville, FL

High-Quality, Seamless Replacement Teeth

Losing one tooth creates enough challenges in everyday life, but missing several or even all of your teeth can make simple tasks like eating, talking, or even smiling embarrassing or downright impossible. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer through these inconveniences forever. Our dentists here at Carlson Dental Group can rebuild your smile with dentures in Jacksonville, FL. These high-quality, seamless replacement teeth are custom-made to resemble the teeth you used to have. Give us a call today to learn more about how whether you’re missing a handful or a mouthful of teeth, our dentures can help!

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What Makes Our Dentures Better?

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To ensure your new pearly whites look as natural as the ones you were born with, we take specialized impressions of your mouth using digital methods. This technology allows us to skip the messy, foul-tasting putty that used to be used for impressions! Now, all we have to do is scan your mouth, and a highly accurate model of your denture will be ready within minutes.

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Are Dentures Right for Me?

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If you’re looking for a fast, affordable way to replace your missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dentures. The process of getting dentures is relatively quick. It also does not require oral surgery like dental implants do. However, there is always the option of supporting your denture with implants in the future if you would like a sturdier solution.

Generally, most people who have lost multiple or all of their teeth are eligible for dentures. Once we examine your smile at a consultation, we can develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique smile needs.

Types of Dentures

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Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, as well as your specific oral health needs and desires, we may recommend one of the following three types of dentures.

Full Dentures

As their name suggests, full dentures are designed to bring back an entire arch of missing teeth at once. A full row of replacement teeth sits on top of a pink acrylic base that rests on the gums. Natural suction (and possibly a bit of denture adhesive) keeps it in place, and it can be removed for easy cleaning.

Partial Dentures

You may qualify for a partial denture if you’re only missing some teeth but would like to preserve the rest. Like full dentures, partials consist of artificial teeth on a gum-colored base. However, they are secured behind your remaining teeth with metal clasps instead of simply sitting on the gums. They are also designed to be removable.

Implant Dentures

If you’re looking for a more reliable and permanent tooth replacement, we often suggest implant dentures. A full or partial denture can be anchored onto a small number of titanium posts that have been surgically placed in the jawbone. Implant dentures can be either fixed or removable, and they last significantly longer than traditional dentures because they stimulate the jawbone like natural tooth roots do.

Benefits of Dentures

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You’ll soon learn that there are many benefits of replacing your missing teeth with dentures, including:

  • A tried-and-true solution that has restored countless smiles over the years
  • The ability to make your smile appear fuller and more youthful
  • Filling gaps in your grin that would otherwise cause remaining teeth to drift out of alignment
  • Boosted confidence in your smile
  • Easy maintenance
  • A more affordable solution that does not require invasive surgery

Denture FAQs

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If you’re curious about what it’s like to get dentures in Jacksonville, our team at Carlson Dental Group would love to help! We want you to feel 100% confident in any decisions you make regarding your oral health, especially one as major as replacing your missing teeth. Many of our patients have questions before beginning the denture process, so we’ve decided to answer several of the most frequently asked questions we get below. Of course, feel free to request an appointment if you have any additional concerns!

Can I Sleep with My Dentures?

We strongly recommend that if you wear removable dentures, you should never let 24 hours pass without taking them out of your mouth. Sleeping with your dentures doesn’t give your gums and jawbone a chance to recover from the stress of holding your prosthesis in place all day. As a result, your gums could become irritated or inflamed and more vulnerable to infection. To prevent this, we suggest removing your denture before bed and letting it soak in a glass of room-temperature water or denture cleaning solution overnight.

Can I Clean My Dentures with Regular Toothpaste?

You’ll definitely want to clean your dentures daily to prevent them from harboring food debris and bacteria. However, any denture dentist in Jacksonville can tell you that you should never use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures. Toothpaste is actually abrasive to the materials that your false teeth are made from. Over time, toothpaste can leave microscopic scratches on the denture’s surface that cause serious damage.

Instead of toothpaste, use a specially formulated denture cleanser to disinfect your prosthetic teeth. You could also use mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap. Remember to use a soft toothbrush in order to prevent your denture from becoming worn.

What Can’t You Eat with Dentures?

Learning to eat with dentures can take some time – usually several weeks to a few months – but afterward, you should be able to enjoy most foods as long as you chew carefully. Stabilizing your dentures with a small amount of adhesive can prevent them from slipping during the adjustment process.

There are a few types of foods that you should limit or avoid when you have dentures, as they could damage your prosthesis or pull it out of place. These include:

  • Sticky items like peanut butter or gummies.
  • Foods that contain tiny pieces, such as popcorn or shelled nuts, which may get trapped in and around the dentures.
  • Tough, chewy foods like apples, steak, and corn on the cob.

Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?

After the loss of the natural teeth, the jawbone gradually starts to break down, as the body realizes that bone mass is no longer needed there to support the teeth. Over time, this jawbone deterioration can cause it to change shape to the point where your dentures don’t fit as comfortably as they once did. Not only that, but the muscles in your face may start to lose support, resulting in a sunken, wrinkled, and overall older appearance.

Although getting dentures restores some support to collapsed facial tissues, it won’t entirely prevent jawbone loss. The only way to avoid or even reverse this process is by securing denture onto dental implants. The posts strengthen your jawbone in exactly the same way as natural teeth, preventing breakdown.