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Full or Partial Dentures in Cincinnati, OH

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Full Dentures (conventional and implant-supported)

Partial Dentures

What To Expect

Your experience of getting dentures with Dr. Lesueur is tailored to ensure the best fit, function, and appearance. It starts with a comprehensive consultation where our Cincinnati dentist examines your oral health and discusses your expectations and concerns. This step is crucial for designing dentures that not only look natural but also feel comfortable and enhance your quality of life. Following the consultation, precise measurements and impressions of your mouth are taken to create dentures that are customized just for you. Once they have been custom-made, you’ll attend a fitting where we’ll make sure they fit comfortably, and you’re happy with the final look.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What sets Lesueur Family Dental apart for dentures?

When you choose Lesueur Family Dental for your dentures, you're joining a family that cares deeply about your oral health and well-being. Dr. Lesueur, a renowned Cincinnati dentist, combines years of experience with the latest in dental technology to offer solutions that are not only effective but also comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. We understand that the decision to get dentures can be a significant one, and our team is dedicated to providing a supportive and informative environment throughout your dental journey.

What are dentures made from?

Dentures are crafted from a variety of materials, each selected for its ability to mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth and gums while providing durability and comfort. The choice of material depends on the type of denture, its purpose, and the patient's specific needs. Below is an overview of the primary materials used in the fabrication of dentures:

1. Acrylic Resin

Acrylic resin is the most widely used material for the denture base—the part of the denture that mimics the gums. It's favored for its adaptability, ease of adjustment, and color-matching ability to the natural gums, making it aesthetically pleasing. Acrylic resin adheres well to the denture teeth and can be easily molded to fit the contours of a patient's mouth, providing a comfortable fit. However, acrylic dentures may need to be replaced more frequently than those made from other materials due to wear and tear.

2. Porcelain

Porcelain used to be a common material for the teeth in dentures due to its natural appearance and hardness, which is similar to that of dental enamel. Porcelain teeth provide a high degree of aesthetics due to their translucent quality, closely resembling natural teeth. They are also highly resistant to wear. However, because porcelain can wear down natural teeth that bite against them and is more prone to chipping and breaking than other materials, its use has become less common for full dentures. It's still an option for some partial dentures and implant-supported dentures.

3. Metal Alloys

Metal alloys, particularly cobalt-chrome or titanium, are often used in the framework of partial dentures. These materials are chosen for their strength, durability, and biocompatibility. Metal-based dentures can be thinner and more hygienic than those made entirely of acrylic, as they allow for less coverage of the oral tissues, promoting a healthier environment in the mouth. The metal is usually hidden so it won't be visible when smiling or talking.

4. Composite Resin

Composite resin materials are sometimes used for the teeth in dentures. They are more resistant to wear and chipping compared to acrylic teeth and can be more aesthetically pleasing than porcelain, as they can be better matched to the natural color of remaining teeth. Composite resin teeth also have a more favorable wear rate against the natural teeth that might oppose them in the mouth.

5. Flexible Polyamides

Flexible polyamides, or nylon-like materials, are used in some newer types of partial dentures. They offer a lightweight, more flexible alternative to traditional rigid acrylic dentures. These materials can provide a comfortable fit and are often used for patients who are allergic to acrylic or have difficulty adjusting to rigid dentures. The flexibility allows these dentures to adapt to the contours of the mouth more easily, making them a popular choice for many patients.

How do I know if I need dentures?

If you are missing one or more teeth and it affects your appearance, oral health, or quality of life, dentures might be a good option. A consultation with Dr. Lesueur can help determine the best solution for you. Generally, individuals missing several teeth or an entire arch are excellent candidates for dentures. This includes those who have experienced significant tooth loss due to decay, periodontal disease, or injury. Additionally, individuals facing ongoing issues with their natural teeth that lead to pain, difficulty eating, or self-consciousness about their smile may also benefit from what dentures have to offer.

Candidates for dentures should have healthy oral tissues and gums to support the new appliance. For those considering implant-supported dentures, adequate bone density is necessary to anchor the implants securely. Age is not a primary factor; instead, the overall health of the mouth and the patient's ability to adapt to dentures are considered.

How do I care for my prosthetic teeth?

Maintaining and cleaning your dentures is crucial for their longevity and your oral health. Proper care prevents the build-up of bacteria and stains, ensuring your dentures remain comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Here are detailed steps and tips for keeping your dentures in top condition:

Daily Cleaning

  • Rinse After Eating: Remove your dentures and rinse them under water to wash away food particles and other loose debris. Handle them carefully to avoid bending or damaging the material.
  • Brush Daily: Use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive denture cleaner to gently brush all surfaces of the dentures. Avoid regular toothpaste, which can be too harsh and scratch the dentures, making them more susceptible to stains and bacteria.
  • Soak Overnight: Most dentures need to remain moist to keep their shape. Soak them in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. Consult your dentist for the best soaking solution for your dentures.
  • Rinse Thoroughly Before Wearing: After soaking, rinse your dentures thoroughly under water to remove any chemical residue from the soaking solution, as this can cause irritation or an allergic reaction.

Professional Care

  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Visit Lesueur Family Dental regularly for check-ups. Dr. Lesueur can examine your oral health, ensure your dentures fit correctly, and professionally clean your dentures.
  • Handle With Care: Always fill the sink with water or lay a towel down when handling your dentures. This provides a safe landing in case they slip out of your hands, preventing breakage.
  • Avoid Harsh Cleaners: Steer clear of harsh cleaning materials, including strong denture cleaners, bleach, or boiling water, as these can damage your dentures.

Denture Repairs

If your dentures break, crack, or become loose, see Dr. Lesueur immediately. Do not attempt to adjust or repair them yourself, as this can cause further damage.

Are dentures uncomfortable?

Modern dentures are designed for comfort and a proper fit. While there may be a brief adjustment period, most patients find their dentures comfortable.

How long do dentures last?

With proper care, dentures can last several years. Regular check-ups are important to adjust the fit and make repairs as necessary.

Let's Regain Your Smile Together

At Lesueur Family Dental, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the smile you've always wanted. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards regaining your smile with the best dentures in Cincinnati, OH.

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