Affordable Tooth Replacement
Full & Partial Dentures
Interested in replacing one or more missing teeth in Covington? At Cornerstone Dentistry, we offer affordable, comfortable, custom-made partial and full dentures. We use high-quality materials to ensure that your dentures fit well and look completely natural in your mouth. Schedule a consultation today to get all the details about how dentures can help restore your smile.
Candidates for Dentures
Are Dentures Right for Me?
Partial dentures may be a good option for you if you have lost one or more of your natural teeth and are not interested in alternative treatments like dental implants or bridges. Partial dentures are very cost-effective and are usually covered by dental insurance, so they are a good option if you are on a budget.
You may be a good candidate for full dentures if you have already lost most or all of your natural teeth. In order to get full dentures, all of your remaining teeth must be extracted. For this reason, we typically will not recommend full dentures if most of your teeth are still healthy. However, if most of your teeth have been damaged by gum disease, tooth decay, or oral trauma, full dentures may be a great way to restore your smile.
What to Expect
Getting Fitted for Dentures
Whether getting a partial or denture, there will be three steps involved: initial impressions, try-in, and delivery. At the impression appointment, Dr. Lascari will use a puddy material to create models of your mouth and create the removable appliance.
Next, at the try-in appointment, Dr. Lascari will have you try the partial or denture with teeth temporarily set in wax. You'll be able to look at your appearance to make sure you are happy with the overall look. If you need adjustments, Dr. Lascari will take note of this and another try-in appointment may be necessary.
At the delivery appointment, Dr. Lascari will give you your partial or denture and make sure nothing is pinching or causing discomfort. Just as a brand new pair of shoes may cause sore areas on your feet, a new denture or partial may cause sore spots in your mouth. If so, please call our office for an adjustment appointment. If you have had extractions and a denture or partial placed the same day, Dr. Lascari suggests that you try to leave the appliance in for 5 days and call the office if you still have any sore spots after that point.
If you've had teeth extracted to prepare for your denture, you will need more adjusting since your bone and tissue will be shifting and shrinking as you heal. A reline will be required once you fully heal.
How to Care for Dentures
Cleaning & Maintenance
There are a number of steps you’ll need to take to care for your full and partial dentures properly. These steps include:
- Rinsing your denture or partial under warm water after eating to remove food particles
- Brush your denture each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush before you go to bed. You can use warm water and unscented soap. Do not use toothpaste, as it could damage the denture
- Soak your denture or partial every night in a denture cleaner to keep it moist and clean it, and to allow your gums tissue to breathe
- Wiping or brushing your gums using warm water every night, in order to remove bacteria and plaque
Make sure you follow Dr. Lascari’s instructions to keep your smile healthy, and to ensure a long lifespan for your dentures.