Have you been hiding your smile because of missing teeth? Chatting with a loved one or enjoying your favorite meal can be challenging if you suffer from tooth loss.
With the progress in denture technology today, you don’t have to miss out on life’s joys anymore. You new, natural-looking replacement teeth will leave you looking younger, and enjoying life to the fullest!
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable dental devices designed to replace missing teeth. These artificial teeth are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions we take of your mouth. Today’s dentures are natural looking and are more comfortable than ever! By matching your bite and smile, your dentures can improve your facial appearance and your smile!
Why Choose Dentures?
When you lose all of your teeth, your facial muscles may sag, making you look older. Dentures can give your face a fuller and more youthful look. They can resemble your real teeth while preserving your facial structure and appearance.
Having dentures will improve the quality of your life and health. You will find it easier to eat and speak, things that you may have taken for granted. Dentures cost less than other types of tooth replacements, and you can get them made quickly!
Types of Dentures
Conventional Complete Denture
A full denture is used to replace teeth in your mouth after removing all remaining teeth and your tissues healing, which may take several months. With complete dentures, a flesh-colored base is designed to fit snugly over your gums. Your upper denture will cover the roof of your mouth or palate, while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to make room for your tongue.
Immediate Complete Denture
This denture is placed immediately after removing your remaining teeth. We will take measurements and make a model of your jaw before tooth removal. Immediate dentures offer the benefit of not having to go without teeth. However, they will need to be relined after several months because the bone and gums shrink during over time, causing the denture to become loose. Immediate dentures will require more adjustments than conventional ones and should be considered a temporary solution.
A partial denture is used when you have some remaining natural teeth. It may sit on a metal framework attached to your remaining natural teeth, or on dental crowns placed on natural teeth serving as anchors. Not only do partial dentures replace missing teeth, but they also stop neighboring teeth from shifting.
What Is the Process of Getting Dentures?
Creating your custom dentures is a process that may take a few weeks and several appointments. We will begin by making a series of impressions of your jaw and will create a model of your new dentures. We will assess the model for color, shape, and fit before your final denture is cast. We will make any needed adjustments to your new dentures for the best comfort, function, and fit.
Life With Your New Dentures
Your dentures may feel awkward and a little loose at first, until your cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place. You may experience some minor irritation, soreness, or increased saliva flow. Your mouth will soon become used to the new appliance, and any temporary problems should resolve. During your follow-up appointments, we will check for fit and comfort and adjust your dentures accordingly.
You may need some practice to eat with your new dentures. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces, and chew slowly on both sides of your mouth. You will soon learn how to eat with your dentures, and can gradually return to your regular diet. Make sure to avoid eating hard or extremely sticky foods.
You may have some difficulty pronouncing certain words. Keep practicing saying them out loud, and you will soon get accustomed to speaking with your dentures. If your dentures click when you are talking, contact us so that we can adjust them.
Should You Use Dental Adhesives?
You may consider using a dental adhesive to enhance your satisfaction with well-fitted dentures. They increase your sense of security by giving you added stability. Never use dental adhesives to fill voids created by ill-fitting dentures because doing so can harm the underlying soft and hard tissue.
Dental adhesives come in paste or powder form. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for best results. If you are not sure of which type to use, give us a call. We will help you determine the adhesives that work best for you.
Caring For Your Dentures
Make sure you practice good oral hygiene even if you wear full dentures. Using a soft-bristled brush, gently brush any remaining teeth, your gum, tongue, and roof of your mouth every morning before inserting your dentures. Treat your new dentures like you would your natural teeth, by brushing them daily to remove food particles and plaque, and to avoid staining.
When not wearing your dentures, keep them soaked in a denture cleaning solution in a safe place. Make sure not to drop them or let them dry out. Never use hot water to avoid warping. Proper care will keep your dentures working and fitting well!
Your dentures will likely need replacing every 5-7 years because, with time, your mouth may change its shape. Dentures may need repairs to maintain their function. We may need to reline your dentures to make sure they continue to fit securely. If you ever get a sore spot, our team can make adjustments to relieve any discomfort.
Are You Ready to Restore Your Smile?
You could go through life with missing teeth and miss out on a beautiful smile, or you can give us a call at Westcliff Family Dentistry, and let us replace those missing teeth. Our highly trained and experienced staff will assess your needs and offer you treatments second to none. Schedule your appointment today!
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