Raleigh, NC Dentures

Having a full set of pearly whites can completely change your quality of life. When you’re missing a good portion of your teeth, social situations can become stressful and embarrassing if you feel the need to hide your smile.

Luckily, dentures have become a long-standing option for patients looking to replace partial and full portions of their teeth. Dentures protect exposed gums, increase the functionality of mouths with no teeth, all while allowing patients to show off a newly confident and full smile.

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Renaissance Dental Center is located in Raleigh, NC but graciously provide comprehensive Dental Services to all surrounding areas including Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, and Garner.

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What are Dentures?

Drs. Abernethy, Sonner & Wells share a joined passion for only the highest quality of dentistry on your journey towards optimal oral health.

It is a specialized field of dentistry focused on restoring unsightly or missing teeth back to a natural looking, aesthetically pleasing state. Cosmetic dentists can achieve this goal using several different procedures, all tailored to each patient's unique treatment plan. Cosmetic dentists (like most dental professionals) focus on preserving as much of your natural teeth as possible, to achieve an authentic looking repair, while maintaining and/or improving your surrounding bone and gum tissue.

Candidates for Dentures

Patients experiencing any of the following situations may be perfect candidates for denture treatments:

  • Missing the majority/or all of your natural teeth.
  • Experiencing severe decay requiring extraction
  • Lack of bone integrity for dental implants
  • Receding gums due to age or disease

Caring for your Dentures

Because dentures are not surgically inserted into the mouth, there is minimal discomfort expected with a proper fit. It is typical for upper dentures to feel tight, while lower dentures fit looser. If you are experiencing difficulty with slightly loose fitting dentures, there are multiple adhesive products available for keeping dentures tightly in place. If you are experiencing loose fitting dentures that are causing sores, you will likely need to see your dentist for an adjustment with the set.

You can expect to wear your dentures during waking hours, and removing them at night for proper cleaning. Patients often find the hardest adjustment when starting to wear dentures is getting into the habit of wearing them every day. Dentures can also change your appearance and chewing habits, causing individuals to feel slightly self-conscious in the beginning. It’s important to be patient during this transition and to remember your dentures will feel more natural the more they are worn on a daily basis.

Different Types of Dentures

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to remove all of your teeth to get dentures. There are several types of dentures available for patients seeking replacement options for missing teeth in multiple stages of treatment:

  • Full Sets: When people initially think of dentures, they often are referring to a complete set. Patients who receive a full set of dentures are missing all of their teeth from decay or damage, requiring a full mouth of replacement teeth to achieve a beautiful smile.
  • Partial Sets: Patients who still have healthy natural teeth or are considering the possibility of dental implants in  he future, often receive an partial set of dentures. These sets are made to sit on existing teeth and gums and can be adjusted as dental implants are added.
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Expected Expense

The cost of your customized dentures will be determined by the type of treatment needed in achieving your new smile. Dental insurance plans will also affect the how much of the procedure is covered and what portions will be required out of pocket. Calling your insurance company before a consultation with your dentist can be extremely helpful in planning for treatment within your budget.

As a traditional tooth replacement option, dentures have been around for quite some time. They have changed the lives of millions of patients looking for a full and beautiful smile and continue to improve with advancements in the dental field every day. For more information on achieving your dream smile with dentures, schedule a consultation appointment with your dentist today!

THE DENTURE PROCESS

When you and your dental provider have determined dentures to be the best treatment to restore your smile, there are several steps necessary in creating the final product. The style and type of dentures needed for your treatment will determine the final length of the process, but for traditional full and partial dentures you can expect the following steps.

1. Dental Impressions

To ensure your dentures fit comfortably and securely to your gums, your dentist will need to take an impression of your remaining teeth and gums to help create your appliance. If your case requires extractions of decayed or damaged teeth, your dentist will need to wait to take impressions until the gums are completely healed to reduce the risk of loose dentures due to swelling.

2. Wax Rims

To correctly measure the bite of your teeth, your dentist will use a set of wax rims. When placing the rims on your mouth, your dentist can gauge how the dentures will need to be formed to achieve a healthy bite once they are in your mouth.

3. Customized Teeth

At some point in your initial appointments, your dentist will allow you to customize your dentures. By choosing the size, shape, and shade of teeth to be used, patients achieve the exact look they have always wanted for their smile.

After gathering all of the measurements and details to create your dentures, we will send the information to the dental lab responsible for manufacturing the product. This process will vary depending on each lab and treatment.

4. Trial Fit

To help you get used to your new dentures, your dentist will create a plastic and wax mock-up set to give you an idea of how they will look and feel. This trial helps your dentist make adjustments needed to the fit and shape of the dentures before creating the final set.  t can be helpful to bring a loved one to this appointment for a second opinion on the trial fit to ensure you are satisfied with the appearance.

5. Final Fitting

When the mock-up set has been approved, the dental lab will create the final partial or full denture set for your treatment. You will return to your dentist office for a final fitting to make any last minute adjustments needed before sending you on your way with a new smile. The final set will be constructed using plastic teeth and a strong acrylic base. Your dentures should feel comfortable and secure before leaving the appointment to prevent discomfort or soreness.

6. Check-Up Appointment

n some cases, check-up appointments will be necessary if the patient feels uncomfortable with the fit of their dentures. Tight or loose fitting dentures can cause gum sores and swelling, preventing individuals from wanting to wear them daily as needed. Making an appointment with your provider at the first sign of a problem is essential in avoiding discomfort and helping your mouth get used to the dentures quicker.

MEET YOUR RENAISSANCE ARTISTS

Anna Abernethy, DDS

Dr. Abernethy grew up in Concord, North Carolina, however, she has called Raleigh "home" for the past 20 years. She came to Raleigh to attend college and graduated from Meredith College Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a BS in biology and a minor in chemical physics.

Jill Sonner, DDS

Dr. Sonner was born and raised in Raleigh NC, and she attended both UNC Wilmington and North Carolina State University. She received her undergraduate degree from NCSU in 1999 with high honors, obtaining a BS in Biological Sciences. During college she supported research staff at NIEHS and performed an independent study focusing on Diabetes.

Anita Jones Wells, DDS

Dr. Wells is a North Carolina native who grew up in the Pinehurst area and has spent the past 10 years studying and practicing dentistry in Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Doctor of Dental Surgery, graduating with honors.

SOME OF OUR SERVICES OFFERED

General Dentistry

We each enjoy doing a broad range of procedures. This allows us to provide many services in-house rather than referring patients out as much as possible. From simple tooth colored fillings to surgical procedures, we enjoy offering a range of options for our patients.

Cosmetic Dentistry

We have all devoted many hours to advanced training under the direction of Frank Spear who is world renowned for cosmetic repair of the most worn or severely damaged teeth. We appreciate the impact a beautiful attractive smile has on one’s self confidence and can deliver remarkable cosmetic results for people needing a various degrees of smile design.

Dental Implants

We have each received our implant fellowship with the International Dental Implant Association under the direction of Oral Surgeon Dr. Garg and have been placing dental implants since 2005. Implants are a rehabilitative option for patients needing to replace missing teeth or anchor dentures.

Dental Grafting

We offer a minimally invasive alternative option for covering exposed roots caused by recession that does not involve extensive roof of the mouth grafting, called the Gumdrop Technique.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental procedures can be often overwhelming due to phobia, and needed appointments to the dental office are often delayed or even avoided entirely. Our office offers multiple levels of sedation to make sure you're visiting as often as suggested.

Dental Crowns

Your smile may become damaged, decayed, or need cosmetic repair and jeopardizing your oral health. Dental crowns are the perfect solution for such patients. Restore your teeth back to a beautiful and healthy shine.

Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes aspects of your teeth cannot be changed as easily. In these cases, to get the healthy cosmetic smile you're looking for porcelain veneers are the perfect solution.

CEREC & CAD/CAM

We have been using digital impressions and 3D printing since 2010. This technique allows us to eliminate many steps that commonly amount to error. Computer aided design allows us to make and deliver restorations in the same visit preventing additional appointments and taking advantage of the patient being numbed only one time.

Teeth Whitening

In today’s world, white teeth are the norm and if yours are yellow or discolored it affects your self confidence. Something as simple as whitening can drastically change your appeal. In the past most of the whitening options caused tooth sensitivity. We offer an array of choices that are tailored to avoid sensitivity while giving you the best outcome.

Laser Therapies

We all hate those dreadful fever blisters. Did you know if you laser them when you feel that very first tingle they won’t erupt? Suffer no more from unsightly sores, we offer this as quick and painless option.