Restore the look and functionality of your smile with dentures in Indianapolis.
If you’re missing teeth, it can be hard to smile with confidence and complete everyday tasks. Gaps in your smile hurt your self-esteem. They also make it harder to bite, chew, and speak.
Fortunately, there are ways to replace missing teeth. Dentures can help you restore your smile and regain your confidence. Visit us for denture services in Indianapolis.
Dentures in Indianapolis
A denture, or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips.
Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated in two different ways.
A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted, and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture. An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination of both. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.
Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.
An immediate denture may be the best solution when you require a complete extractions of your remaining teeth. An immediate denture will allow you to avoid the embarrassment of living without teeth. We will begin the preparation for this procedure before your teeth are extracted.
The first step is taking impressions of your existing teeth and gums to create accurate duplicates for placement after tooth removal. At your extraction appointment, your immediate dentures are inserted, creating a natural smile you can be proud of.
We are unable to confirm the fit of the dentures prior to tooth removal. However, we do all we can to ensure you receive dentures that you love and a smile you can count on.
After Extraction Care
Great care should be taken to follow all postoperative instructions. Your gums and bone will recede after extraction. Regular check-ups and maintenance will monitor healing and reduce problems. Temporary linings or tissue conditioners create an optimal fit and may need to be adjusted or replaced a number of times during the healing period. A permanent denture reline will be required to ensure a comfortable and exact fit after you have completed the healing process.
The professionals at Cornerstone Family Dentistry will advise you of the procedure that best suits your individual needs.
Temporary denture liners, tissue conditioners and relines are additional services that may have separate fees.
Denture Exams & Maintenance
Your dentures are an investment and require care and attention to maintain their optimum performance. The fit of your dentures will have a profound affect on your oral tissues and health. An annual examination by our dentists will help ensure your denture is functioning properly.
Medical and Dental History Update
Updating your medical and dental history with any significant changes is critical to maintaining your oral health and well-being. A variety of medical and dental conditions can alter a dentures fit.
Annual Oral Exam
Annual examinations can assist in detecting oral abnormalities including cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions. Early detection of these conditions is generally beneficial for treatment.
Tissue and Bone Assessment
Ill-fitting dentures may cause bone and tissue changes and need to be corrected for your oral health. Our practice can assess and recommend solutions to suit your personal needs.
Comfort, Fit, and Integrity of Dentures
Bite problems, speech impediments and tissue irritations can be caused by an ill-fitting denture and should be remedied. Leaving this condition unchecked can lead to complicated situations in the future. One of our dentists can assess your dentures for cracks, chips, and broken or loose teeth and suggest solutions.
Denture Exam Overview
Update of medical and dental history chart
An examination of your oral cavity
Tissue and bone assessment
Denture stability and bite examination
Cleaning and polishing of your denture
Oral hygiene review
Denture Exams & Maintenance
New dentures will typically fit your mouth very securely as it has been designed specifically for your gums. As time goes on, your gum tissues will change and the fit of the denture will become more loose and thus more prone to movement inside your mouth. Having the denture professionally relined every one to two years will keep the denture secure and functional.
Hard Denture Reline
All full dentures should have a hard reline every two years. Cornerstone Family Dentistry removes a layer of plastic from the dentures interior surface, and then fills the denture with a putty-like material which conforms to the contours of your mouth creating an accurate impression. The denture is sent to the lab where it is adjusted to the new shape of your gum tissue. This results in maximum contact between the denture and your mouth.
Soft Denture Reline
Some patients are unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums or sore spots. Cornerstone Family Dentistry may recommend relining the denture with a material that stays pliable for one to two years before needing replacement. This material is much less likely to give the patient sore spots than the standard hard reline acrylic. Patients experiencing these problems may also consider a more permanent solution of implant retained dentures.
If dentures have not been serviced in quite some time, a patient’s gums may be red, swollen, or misshapen. This creates problems in taking impressions for a new hard or soft reline and may lead to a denture that would perpetuate the problem.
A temporary, or palliative (medicated) reline material may be recommended to allow the inflammation to subside. This reline makes the denture fit much more tightly, and is usually soft and pliable. After a few weeks, the gums return to a more normal state. The patient is then ready for his new denture or hard reline.
Soft Denture Liners
A soft liner is a layer of soft, pliable material that is fitted between the surface of a denture and your oral tissues. It absorbs shock between the hard base of your denture and your gums. Soft liners can be used when creating new dentures or retrofitted into existing dentures.
Permanent soft liners provide comfort and relief for individuals with receded and flattened gum tissues that don’t respond well to the stress of dentures. They may also be a suitable solution for patients with chronically sore gum tissues or gums with sharp bony areas.
Advantages of Soft Liners
More comfortable to use
Virtually all patients respond well to soft liner materials
A proven technology with over 20 years of innovation
Soft liners require regular follow-up visits to examine the fit of dentures and general oral health.
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Always friendly and professional atmosphere, with a warm, personal touch. Dr. Siggs and his staff have always given me and my family the best care! They are sensitive to my dental needs & situations. Even when a referral is needed...They send me to those who have the same heart for their patients. I absolutely love Cornerstone Family Dentistry!❤
6 months ago
I highly recommend Cornerstone Family Dentistry. I've been extremely happy with my dental care by Dr. Sigg who is kind and gentle and a perfectionist in painless tooth repair & cosmetic dentistry. Julie at the reception desk is always pleasant and accommodating when scheduling appointments. All of the dental assistants and hygienists are friendly and do very professional work.
3 months ago
Dr. VanNatter is an awesome Dentist! I have been her pt since she got out of dental school and have always been happy with the care she has provided me.
4 months ago
I absolutely love Dr. Sigg and his entire staff at Cornerstone. I’ve been a patient over 20 years. I left for a few years because I moved to the westside of town, but I came back because they are the best. It’s worth the drive east. I refer him to my family and friends all the time. ❤️❤️❤️
2 months ago
Hands down the best dentist I have been too! The staff are very friendly! The hygienist and dentist were extremely personable and explained everything they did. If you have ever had a bad experience with a dentist, I suggest you try going here. They really care for their patients, and seem to enjoy doing their job!
1 month ago
I cannot express how amazing Dr. Bryan is! Truly the best dentist in the city. He has saved my teeth, is a man of integrity, and knows what he’s doing! I have had horrible experiences with Dentist, and he came to the rescue. Everyone in the entire office are so sweet. As long as this place is in business, I will be a loyal patient!
1 year ago
Cornerstone Family Dentistry has been absolutely wonderful for all of my dental needs! Dr. Sigg is very thorough in his work and also very personable. All of the staff are very welcoming and professional. The atmosphere is extremely clean and modern with wonderful hospitality as well! The office tools are all very up-to-date with technology advances and the staff are all highly-trained professionals.
7 months ago
Dr. Sigg and his staff members are wonderful. I look forward to my appointments because they make you feel at home when you are there while also providing great dental services. Dr. Sigg genuinely cares about you as a person along with your oral health. Highly recommend!
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