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Custom Dentures

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What Are Custom Dentures?

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A denture is a removable dental replacement for missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue. Made to closely resemble your natural teeth, they are meant to enhance your natural smile as well as improve chewing, speech, and digestion.

Dentures can come in two main forms: complete or partial, and they can be created for both upper or lower teeth. The benefits of dentures include:

  • Having a full smile again

  • Being able to eat your favorite foods

  • Filling out your face and cheeks

  • Allowing you to speak more easily

  • Maintaining good gum health

Mint Dental's Denture Options

We offer partial and complete dentures at our Edina and Shakopee dental offices.

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An example of partial dentures
An example of partial dentures

Partial Dentures

With advancements in dental technology and care, Mint Dental has the capabilities to restore damaged teeth and prevent complete tooth loss. This means that patients are able to keep many of their natural teeth as they age, and may only require partial dentures. As long as you have one or more teeth, a partial denture is necessary as you cannot wear a full set. They are a great solution for replacing one or several teeth. The partial denture looks completely natural and will give you the smile you’ve missed.

A partial denture consists of custom-made false teeth that are connected to an acrylic base that matches the color of your gums. The inner part of the base consists of a metal framework that holds the teeth in place.

They are ideal for people who may be busy and want to see fast results, as well as people who do not want to experience cosmetic dentistry. The great thing about partial dentures: they can be worn up until the day the patient is ready to start his/her next dental procedure.

Partial Dentures

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An example of complete dentures
An example of complete dentures

Complete Dentures

While partial dentures are used to replace one or several teeth, complete dentures are an excellent solution to replace an entire set of teeth. They are a popular solution for teeth loss because they are very durable and will last for several years. However, because of wear from daily use, dentures may have to be repaired, readjusted, or even remade.

A “conventional” denture is necessary in cases where teeth need to be removed from the gum tissue and have had time to heal. “Immediate” dentures can be made in advance and placed immediately after the teeth are removed. This can help prevent the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. However, with an immediate placement, tissue can shrink as it heals, so adjustments will have to be made. During your consultation, you and your dentist can discuss which option is best for you.

Complete Dentures

How To Take Care of Your Denture

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To keep your dentures looking pristine, they will need to be cleaned daily, just like if you were cleaning your normal teeth. Denture cleaning is vital to ensuring your denture doesn’t collect unwanted bacteria that can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. A two-step cleaning process is required because neither step is fully effective on its own.

  • Mechanical removal of debris.

    This can either be done with a toothbrush or ultrasonic cleansing machine. This step is vital to the cleaning process because the bristles will quickly remove film and other build-up from the surface of your dentures. This step will help prepare them for an effective chemical cleansing.

    If you use a toothbrush, it’s important to choose a moderately soft-bristled brush because stiff bristles can scratch your dentures, leaving tiny scratches where microorganisms can find a home. The brush should also be able to access all of the curves and recesses of the dentures, therefore, more than one sized brush may be necessary. If you are unsure about the brushing process, your dentist will provide you with step-by-step instructions for how to properly brush your dentures.

  • Chemical cleansing.

    Immediately after brushing, it’s important to let your dentures soak in a chemical solution for disinfection. When it comes to removing all the bacteria from your dentures on the microscopic level, the chemical cleansing step is incredibly important.

    To clean your dentures chemically, you can purchase manufactured cleaners from the store, or you can make homemade cleaners that can also be effective. Store-bought cleaners typically come in tablet or drop form, though no matter which type of cleaner you use, it’s recommended the dentures soak in the cleaner overnight to kill the most bacteria.

    Over time, it may be necessary to have your dentures adjusted. If your denture no longer fits properly, breaks or cracks, or if a tooth becomes loose, contact Mint Dental immediately. We will be able to make the necessary adjustments or repairs so you can have that perfect smile back in no time.

I recently decided to switch dentists for myself and my family, and I couldn’t be more impressed! Dr. Forest and her team took such great care of me and my family. She’s so kind and skillful and everyone was so welcoming and helpful. I would highly recommend Mint and Dr. Forest for anyone looking for a change in their dental care!

Jen L. (Actual Google Review)

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