Bring back the smile your friends love to see with dentures. As you move along in life, your smile can be a feature that changes ever so slightly. We know it can be frustrating when your teeth shift and your smile changes. Why? It’s often the first thing people see.
If you have large areas of tooth loss, dentures are a perfect solution!
As a removable dental appliance that fits your mouth and favors your natural look, dentures provide a boost of confidence and a bolt of energy to patients who have experienced an oral change.
Bateman Dentistry offers exceptional and professional denture services in the Kingsport, TN area. In addition to using state-of-the-art technology, we provide personalized service and put our patients first. Our dental professionals go above and beyond to ensure that every patient is comfortable and happy with their dentures.
After a consultation and determination that you are a terrific candidate for dentures, we fit you by taking impressions and measurements of your teeth. These details guide us to ensure that the denture fit, style, shape, and color match your natural look.
At the heart of the matter, patients get dentures because they want an improved smile and functioning teeth. They want to chew foods with ease, feel confident when they smile, and experience that rejuvenated spirit.
Bateman Dentistry actively helps patients with two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures.
We provide complete dentures, or full dentures, to patients that need a full set of teeth. This means that all of a patient’s teeth in their jaw have fallen out or been removed. With complete dentures, they are supported by the gum tissue.
There are two types of complete dentures:
Conventional Dentures- These are molded AFTER your teeth have been removed and gum tissue has recovered from the removal; as a result, you would be without teeth for approximately one month
Immediate Dentures- In the unavoidable circumstance that all of your teeth have to be removed, immediate dentures are a great option. These are molded BEFORE your teeth have been removed; as a result, you would not go without teeth for any time and they allow for your mouth to heal. You will have to get adjustments after healing.
We offer partial dentures to patients that have only some teeth missing while others remain intact. Often, partial dentures fill in gaps in your mouth. That’s their external function. However, they also prevent your natural teeth from shifting, which is an incredible positive. The more your teeth shift, the more likely you are to have oral issues down the road. That’s why partial dentures serve a dual purpose.
After you are molded for and receive your dentures – complete or partial – there is a learning curve on how to live with them. That’s normal and necessary. As with all new things, it takes time to adjust.
Some things to expect include the following:
Times of pain
Difficulty with chewing
While you may experience these characteristics early in your recovery process, they should not last more than 1 to 2 months. After the initial recovery process, you should be pain-free and living with restored confidence.
If your dentures chip, crack, or break, Bateman Dentistry offers fast denture repair services. We don’t want you to have to go without your dentures for an extended period of time, so we will quickly repair your dentures. We can also add one or more teeth to your existing dentures in the case that you have to have a tooth extraction or one of the teeth break.
Will my dentures look natural?
Dentures are made to look as natural as possible. The goal is to only have minimal changes to your overall appearance once you have your dentures. In many cases, dentures will improve your appearance!
After my teeth are pulled, how long until I can get my dentures?
Typically, you have to wait 6-8 weeks to get your dentures after your teeth are pulled. This should give your gums and bones enough time to heal. Our dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth to ensure that it is completely healed before fitting you for your dentures.
Do dentures hurt?
Dentures shouldn’t hurt. They may take some getting used to, but they shouldn’t cause you discomfort. If they do, they might be too big or small.
Do you need to avoid specific foods with dentures?
While you don’t have to avoid any foods, you should take care when eating foods like whole fruits, nuts, sticky candy, gum, hard crusty bread, coconut, and stringy red meat. Dentures will bring functionality back to your mouth.
Can you sleep in your dentures?
You can sleep with your dentures in, but we recommend removing them to give your mouth a break. Dentures create pressure on your gums, so removing them at night gives your gums a chance to rest.
Our Kingsport, TN dentists assist you every step of the way. We prepare you for what is to come, guide you during the recovery process, and check in with you to ensure you are taking care of your oral health and your dentures.
We hope you consider Bateman Dentistry if you need dentures. We’re happy to consult with you and take you through the next steps. Just complete the form on this page or call us at (423) 246-9231.