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Affordable Dentures in Salt Lake City

How To Get Dentures In Utah

Dr. Scott Elder offers dental restoratives such as dentures but does not do dental implants. If your situation requires dental implants as part of your denture process, Dr. Elder will refer you to a specialist and his office will coordinate your care.

To learn more about dentures or if you have any additional questions, we’re glad to help you. Call us at the Salt Lake Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment with Dr. Scott Elder today. Our office can be reached at (801) 278-7100.

Are you ready to smile again? If you have missing teeth, dentures can bring back your smile and help you eat and speak better. You may have lost your natural teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injury and you may feel self-conscious about your appearance as a result. 

Receive your dentures from Dr. Scott Elder who provides total oral care to patients of all ages. For dentures solutions that require implants, Dr. Elder has a team of trusted specialists he collaborates with to provide you with comprehensive oral care. 

If you have any questions regarding dentures, implants, or tooth extractions needed to prepare for dentures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Elder by calling us at (801) 278-7100.

Would you like to know more about dentures? Read on!

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances, sometimes called false teeth, that replace missing teeth. They may replace all of your teeth or may be used to replace only some of the teeth depending upon how many natural teeth you still have. 

There are different types of dentures:

  • Complete dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Conventional dentures
  • Immediate dentures
  • Overdentures

Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, whereas partial dentures are used when some of the teeth remain. Complete dentures can either be “conventional” dentures or “immediate” dentures. These refer to the timing of when the dentures are placed following any extractions that have to be made.

Conventional dentures are placed after the teeth have been removed and your gum tissue has begun to heal. Your denture appliance can be placed about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been removed. 

Immediate dentures are made prior to your tooth extraction and placed on the same day. The benefit is that you don’t have to be without teeth while you heal from the extraction, however there are still some drawbacks. When your gum tissue is still healing from an extraction, it is swollen and sometimes sore. Over time your gums and bones will shrink over time and your immediate dentures will need to be adjusted frequently to fit properly. Usually, immediate dentures are used as a temporary solution until your conventional dentures are made.

Partial dentures are sometimes called bridges that are replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored base. How the denture is held in place refers to whether it is an implant-supported denture, held in place by a metal framework, or an overdenture that is held in place by adjacent teeth.

A fixed bridge is a type of denture that replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space where the missing teeth were and attaching artificial teeth to them. This is fixed into place with cement and cannot be removed.

A precision partial denture is removable. There are internal attachments that attach to the adjacent crowns. 

What To Expect When Getting Dentures?

The prospect of getting dentures may feel quite daunting, and you may feel a great deal of trepidation. Dr. Elder and his team are committed to providing you with top oral care while making you as comfortable as possible. Address any fears or concerns you have with Dr. Elder.

Millions of people wear dentures and resume normal eating, speaking, and socializing very quickly. Each patient is different and your case will be unique according to your personal oral care needs. Generally, however, most denture services follow this timeline:

First Dentures Consultation Appointment

During this appointment, you will receive impressions of your mouth to create permanent dentures. If you need to have teeth extracted, or crowns placed, these services will be performed at this appointment. 

You may be asked to bite onto wax blocks in order to check that your biting action is comfortable. Next, you will choose the shape and color of your new teeth.

During this appointment, you may receive your temporary or immediate dentures. If you have had tooth extractions, your gums and mouth may feel tender and sore and you may not want to wear your temporary dentures for long periods of time for the first 24-48 hours after the extraction.

Denture Fitting

It can take up to six to eight weeks for your complete denture set to return from the lab. Dr. Elder will fit your new dentures and outline your oral health plan. For the next several weeks, you may see Dr. Elder often as your dentures are adjusted and fitted to prevent sores in your mouth and to provide you with the best fit possible.

Adapting To Your New Dentures

Your new denture appliance will feel large and strange at first. It can take some time for your face and tongue muscles to adapt to eating and speaking. Plan on eating soft foods for some time as your mouth adapts to your dentures. Dr. Elder may recommend adhesives and cleansers to use on your dentures. Be sure to follow all your post-extraction instructions and oral hygiene guidelines when caring for your dentures. 

How To Care For Your Dentures

Do not use regular toothpaste on your dentures. Toothpaste is designed to clean the hard enamel of your teeth. Dentures are made of softer, more porous materials and they can be damaged by the ingredients found in toothpaste.

There are many denture cleaning products that are safe to use on your dentures and should be used daily to cleanse your appliance. Depending upon your specific needs, you will also need to follow an oral hygiene routine at least twice a day. 

Here are some guidelines for caring for your dentures:

  • Remove and rinse after eating
  • Clean your mouth after removing your dentures
  • Brush or clean your dentures according to instructions every day
  • Soak your dentures overnight in a denture cleaning solution
  • Rinse in the morning before placing back in your mouth
  • Don’t chew gum
  • Avoid hard or sharp foods
  • Handle your dentures carefully. They will break if dropped on a hard surface.

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(801) 278-7100

2040 Murray Holladay Rd., #208
Salt Lake City, UT 84117


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Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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