When all of your teeth are gone, dentures can replace your missing teeth, your smile, and your ability to eat and speak properly. An immediate denture is placed the same day your teeth are extracted. With an immediate denture, you do not have to be without teeth during the healing process.
What are Dentures?
One of the best options for those seeking a new set of teeth is the utilization of a set of removable full dentures. These are a full arch of false teeth that sit securely over the surface of your gums to restore the function and appearance of your mouth. Without teeth, you may find yourself suffering from problems eating and speaking, or may have a shrunken or more elderly appearance. These help to reverse these problems by filling out your mouth again and giving you the tools you need to speak and chew adequately again.
Benefits of Dentures
First and foremost, your mouth will be functional once more. You will be able to eat and speak better than ever, and it will make a profound difference in your self-confidence and the way that people see you. While some foods will be out of your ability with removable dentures, you will have more access to a variety of foods than you had without them. This will improve your overall health and you will be able to eat more healthy foods than may have been available to you prior. Another bonus is that your wallet will surely thank you. Instead of dental implants, replacing your teeth with full removable dentures is a very affordable option.
How Dentures are Made
Prior to the extraction of your teeth, an impression of your jaw is made, showing how your jaws relate to each other. Also, the color, shape and shade of your new teeth will be selected. Everything is sent to our professional dental lab where a custom-made denture is designed especially for you.
Getting Comfortable with a Denture
At first, it is important to chew soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Try to chew on both sides of your mouth. While you are adjusting to your new dentures, it's best to avoid sticky, hard, and hot foods. You will eventually become accustomed to wearing your dentures and be able to once again eat the foods you want!
Adjustments to your dentures
For the first several months, most denture wearers experience a break-in period. During this time, the tissues surrounding the extracted teeth begin to heal. As the gums change shape, and sometimes shrink, a loose-fitting denture can lead to mouth sores and possible infection.
Regular visits to our office provide an opportunity to replace or repair loose teeth, or make small repairs to dentures that may have become chipped or cracked. In addition, the base of your denture may need to be relined because of wear and tear from constantly rubbing against your soft palate or the roof of your mouth.
Care and Cleaning for your dentures
Just like your natural teeth, dentures need to be cared for on a daily basis. Each day, brush your dentures with a toothbrush and toothpaste to remove plaque, food particles and other debris. And even with full dentures, it is important to take good care of your mouth. Every morning, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your denture.
When cleaning your denture, hold it over the sink filled with water, just in case you drop it. If you do not wear your denture at night, place the denture in a soaking solution or water, which helps to keep its shape.
If you need additional retention, you may need to use dental adhesives. However, if you are constantly using adhesives for an old and ill-fitting denture, these dentures may need to be relined or may need to be replaced.