Replace Your Missing Teeth and Your Confidence with Complete Dentures
Dentures are a reliable and secure way to repair your smile and regain full functionality of your mouth. If you find yourself in a situation where your permanent teeth need to be extracted from your upper or lower jaw, it’s time to consider complete dentures to replace your missing teeth.
What Creates a Need for Dentures?
A person may lose all of their teeth or need to have their teeth extracted for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common culprits behind the need for dentures are:
- Decay: Simply enough, teeth that aren’t well tended to will eventually develop decay. Cavities will form, teeth will break and chip and crack, and your teeth will need to be removed because they are so badly damaged.
- Periodontal disease: Gum disease does not come on all at once, it grows slowly over time. But if you ignore the early symptoms of gum disease like bleeding and swollen gums, the disease can eventually lead to tooth loss.
- Trauma: A car accident, a fall, or some other major trauma to your mouth or face can all result in teeth being permanently knocked out. While cosmetic dentistry repairs are often possible in situations like these, if teeth are so badly battered and weakened, it is better for your oral health to have them completely removed.
- Age: The older you get, the longer your teeth have been working and the harder they continue to work. Even if you take good care of your teeth, your DNA can defy you and lead to oral health problems including broken teeth and, eventually, the need to have teeth pulled because of damage.
What Does the Denture Procedure Involve?
The process of getting dentures typically requires several appointments that happen over a period of weeks. The treatment will begin by your dentist taking highly accurate impressions or molds of your mouth, as well as measurements, in order to create your customized denture.
Several “try-in” appointments are often necessary to ensure that your dentures are the proper shape, color, and, of course, fit. If something isn’t quite right with how your dentures feel at your fitting, voice your concerns – make sure that they fit comfortably from moment one so that they are always comfortable for you as you go about your day, speaking and eating and smiling.
At the final denture appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural, snug, and pleasant fit. At this point, it is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty as you get used to your dentures. These side effects will diminish over time as your jaw muscles and tissues adjust.
How Do I Take Care of My Dentures?
One of the reasons people may drag their feet about dentures is because they don’t want to remove them or soak them every night. But you simply need to approach denture care with the same mindset as you would regular brushing and flossing – you just have to do it if you want your denture to stay clean and in good working condition.
Dentures are easily removed for cleaning and your dentist will give you care instructions to make sure that you properly tend to your appliance. Caring for your dentures typically involves gently brushing your dentures daily and soaking them with a nonabrasive denture cleaner in order to remove food, plaque, bacteria, and any other deposits. It’s almost important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your gums, cheeks, and roof of your mouth after removing your denture to make sure your mouth remains healthy.
Maintaining good oral hygiene as instructed and keeping up with regular dental visits will both aid in the life of your dentures, and in your success in using them.
Are Dentures Ever Permanent?
Some patients are attracted to the idea of dentures because they are removable. Other patients would prefer the idea of something permanent in their mouth – in which case, you should be discussing dental implants with your dentist. For those patients who want a more secure denture without total permanence, there is a happy medium.
You can have dental implants placed into your jawbone and the dentures will attach to the implant for a secure connection. The implants are designed to replace the roots of your natural teeth which are absent through a process known as osseointegration. Implants are sometimes necessary because, over time, dentures can loosen because of the loss of gum tissue or a deteriorating jawbone – both which occur when tooth roots are not present to keep the gums or bone stimulated. At this point, before dental implants, dental adhesive products may be recommended in order to keep the dentures adhered to your gums.
Ready to learn more about dentures and to find out if you’re a good candidate for this restorative dentistry solution? Visit Dr. Shaista Najmi at Ivory Dental to discuss your options.