Dentures – Chaska, MN

Filling In Your Smile’s Gaps

A smile marred by multiple missing teeth or an entire arch can cause many problems for a person. In addition to making them feel extremely self-conscious, it can also have a drastic impact on their oral health. Often, if any remaining teeth exist, they will shift into the open spaces, causing them to crowd and appear crooked. Plus, the exposed gum tissue is much more likely to become infected, and this can lead to even more lost teeth. Fortunately, the team at Chaska Dental Center has a solution that not only gives someone their complete smile back but protects their oral health as well: full and partial dentures. Call us today to find out how you can get started.

Why Choose Chaska Dental Center for Dentures?

  • State-of-the-Art Dental Technology for Enhanced Treatment Planning
  • Traditional & Implant-Supported Dentures Available
  • Most Dental Insurance Plans Accepted

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Female dentures candidate in Chaska

Determining if you are a good candidate for dentures requires a thorough consultation by a qualified dentist, Dr. Swingdorf. During this visit, he will examine your smile and take digital images of your existing teeth and gum tissue. If any existing problems of tooth decay or gum disease exist, it will be essential to address and treat these problems first.

Effects of Missing Teeth

Man holding his upper denture

The struggle many patients face when living with missing teeth is the inability to eat certain foods as well as speak clearly. The aesthetic toll it takes is also another common complaint, as this not only affects a person physically but also mentally and emotionally.

This breakdown of self-esteem can lead to depression and other serious problems that can manifest throughout the mouth and body. If tooth loss remains untreated, it will only spur additional teeth to become loose as well as bone resorption, which eventually leads to complete tooth loss.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

A full set of dentures on a table

While most adults with missing teeth are considered candidates for dentures, it’s imperative that Dr. Swingdorf and our team evaluate the status of your current smile to determine if any additional treatments are required.

For example, you may need a bone graft to fully support a denture that is held into place by dental implants. You may have signs of gingivitis that need to be addressed with scaling and root planing before having a custom denture created and resting on top of your gums.

Our team will determine how best to move forward so that whether you receive dentures now or later, you can expect beautiful results in the end.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

A digital model of implant dentures

Full and partial dentures are time-tested prosthetics that have helped and continue to help individuals embrace better oral health and more confident smiles. But if you prefer another option for replacing your missing teeth, we have two solutions to choose from – dental bridges and dental implants.

  • Dental Bridges – If multiple consecutive teeth are missing on the lower or upper arch, we can craft a fixed dental bridge from two dental crowns and free-standing pontics. Referred to as artificial teeth, they rest on top of the gums, while the crowns are positioned over healthy abutment teeth that serve as anchors.
  • Dental Implants – When seeking a way to permanently replace missing teeth, you can choose dental implants, which are titanium posts that fit within the jawbone and deliver continuous stimulation. Capable of supporting an implant partial or full denture, they are secured to the posts so that your teeth do not shift or slip at any point.

Types of Dentures

Partial dentures in Chaska

You’ll be pleased to learn that there are a few different options when it comes to receiving dentures:

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are made of an acrylic, gum-colored base that is attached to prosthetic teeth. They are intended to help patients who are missing some teeth throughout their mouth. Unlike a bridge, it can help patients who have missing teeth that are not right next to each other. The denture itself simply slips into place and fills in the gaps like a puzzle piece. They are held securely using metal clasps attached to healthy teeth and can be easily removed to be cleaned. At Chaska Dental Center, you can get a traditional partial denture, or a softer, lightweight kind called Valplast Flexible Partials. Both are extremely effective at helping restore a patient’s smile and protecting them from issues related to missing teeth.

Full Dentures

Using much of the same material as partial dentures, full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth so that your smile looks complete. Held into place with suction and denture adhesives, these prosthetics have been around for centuries helping individuals embrace improved oral health and the ability to speak, eat, and smile more easily. With full dentures, we can give you back your confidence so that you will no longer feel as if you must avoid social gatherings and opportunities for advancement at work. Instead, you can take the reins and embrace a better quality of life.

Implant Dentures

If a permanent solution is your preferred choice, there is the option to receive implant dentures. Held into place using titanium implant posts, our team can position these prosthetics along your jawbone, surgically placing each one and allowing them to fuse with your natural bone tissues over time. A customized implant denture can then be created and secured on top of the implants to recreate a full, complete smile that works like normal and can remain in place for decades or even a lifetime.

Benefits of Dentures

Older man enjoying the benefits of dentures in Chaska

Now that you know about your options for tooth replacement, you may wonder why you should choose dentures over traditional fixed bridges. There are many benefits of dentures that you can expect to enjoy. From the psychological benefits to the improved speech and nutrition and more, our team at Chaska Dental Center further explains what kind of advantages can come by opting for these beautiful, durable prosthetics:

Psychological Benefits

Man wearing blue shirt and smiling while wearing dentures

Many patients do not think about the benefits that exist outside the physical improvement that can be achieved with dentures. But if you think about it, the joy you feel when looking in the mirror and seeing a smile you a happy with can have a positive impact on your mental health. Too often, those suffering from tooth loss experience depression because of how challenging it can be to simply eat or speak. But once dentures are fitted to fill in the gaps and restore functionality, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your appearance and mental/emotional well-being.

Clear Enunciation

An older couple talking to a woman while wearing dentures

Without teeth, forming words and sounds can be difficult. Because speech requires that the tongue and teeth work together, it can cause a lisp or slur to form, which may dampen your confidence. When living with dentures, though, you will feel more confident than ever before because of how well you will be able to speak. An adjustment phase is common when first starting to wear dentures, but after you practice enough, you’ll be able to carry on conversations with others with ease.

Improves Nutrition

An older woman enjoying a salad while wearing dentures

If one of your favorite things to do is share a meal with family and friends, you can do it without fear while wearing dentures. Before, you might have been embarrassed to try and eat, having no teeth to chew with. However, with your new prosthetics in place, you can enjoy nutrient-rich foods that are healthy for your mouth and body. Not to mention, you can worry less about slipping by adding a bit of denture adhesive to your teeth, helping them remain secure.

Preserves Oral Health

Older man wearing dentures and visiting the dentist’s office

Living with a full set of teeth can help you to take better care of your smile in the long run. No matter the reason for losing your natural teeth, your prosthetics can help to remind you of the importance of staying on top of your oral hygiene routine as well as keeping your appointments with our team at Chaska Dental Center. You’ll avoid the potential sagging that can occur because of the fullness your prosthetics provide, and you’ll help to reduce the potential for misalignment should you have natural teeth that tried to shift while living without a full set of teeth.

Expands Opportunity

Man wearing dentures and working

No matter your age or stage in life, dentures can help to expand various opportunities along the way. Many individuals assume this only pertains to the workforce, and while it can certainly help boost your chances of securing a job or being a viable candidate for a promotion, dentures can also help you meet someone new or inspire you to try a new hobby that you might have otherwise put on the back burner.

Dentures FAQs

Man with dentures in Chaska

After learning about dentures and the kinds of benefits you can expect to receive with these prosthetics, it’s natural to still have questions about treatment. After all, this is a decision you want to be sure about, especially since it is your new teeth we’re talking about. At Chaska Dental Center, our team is here to provide clarity and offer additional insight regarding dentures so that you leave our office knowing that you’re making the right decision in choosing this form of tooth replacement.

What is the average age for dentures?

When it comes to tooth loss, anyone at any age is susceptible; however, to receive dentures, you’ll likely find individuals who are much older wearing these prosthetics. But that doesn’t mean they’re not available to younger adults. In fact, the National Center for Health Statistics states that a majority (around 66%) of individuals who are between 40-64 years of age are missing one tooth.

To wear dentures, all you need is good general oral and overall health and be missing one, multiple, or all of your teeth.

Can I sleep in my dentures?

There is no definite rule that states you can’t sleep in your dentures; however, it is strongly recommended that you do not for many reasons, including:

  • Your dentures can soak while you’re asleep, ensuring they receive a thorough cleaning throughout the night.
  • Your gums and bone need to breathe after succumbing to much restriction and pressure throughout the day.
  • Your gums and bone can receive valuable nutrients that are lost throughout the day.
  • It reduces your risk of possible pneumonia.

What can’t you eat with dentures?

Dentures can be a great way to restore your smile’s appearance; however, there are some limitations when it comes to eating certain foods, such as:

  • Staying away from sticky foods like caramel, peanut butter, gummy candies, and more. They can pull your dentures out of place, making it difficult to eat.
  • Avoiding hard, crunchy foods like popcorn, apples, nuts, and even corn on the cob. Because these kinds of foods can damage your dentures, it’s better to avoid them altogether or cut them up into smaller pieces (if possible).
  • Rethinking tough meats like steak because they require a lot of chewing, and your dentures and gums may be unable to successfully wear down the food enough to safely digest. Again, you may need to cut these up into small pieces.

Can I use regular toothpaste to clean my dentures?

Unfortunately, it is not recommended that you use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures. The reason is that many of these products are highly abrasive, which means that your dentures will become scratched and damaged if exposed to these types of toothpaste. Instead, it is recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild hand soap to clean them. There are non-abrasive toothpaste brands on the market, so if you’re interested in one of those, just ask a member of our team.