Dentures are removable prosthetic “teeth” that can replace or cover missing teeth, providing a natural-looking smile and improving mouth functions like chewing, swallowing, and talking.
Do I need dentures?
Dentures offer a long lasting solution to people who have lost several teeth to gum disease, tooth decay, or mouth trauma. Even if your missing teeth are hidden or don’t affect your smile, you may experience health consequences of missing teeth, such as:
- Sagging facial muscles
- Jaw decay
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or talking
- Difficulty keeping your mouth clean, which can lead to infection
Types of Dentures
Conventional dentures fit in place of all of your teeth. If you have only a few remaining teeth, your dentist may opt to remove them and allow the gums to heal. Afterward, a denture will be fitted to your gums, providing you with a new set of “teeth”.
Immediate dentures are like conventional dentures, but can be inserted on the same day that teeth are removed. These dentures may need to be realigned after the jaw has healed, but unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures allow you to begin using your new teeth the same day your old ones are removed.
If you only have a few missing or decayed teeth, consider an overdenture. In this process, some teeth can be saved to preserve the jawbone and gum stability. Overdentures fit over a few remaining teeth, which act like implants to stabilize the denture and mouth. Overdentures are a great option for people who want the full look and feel of a full set of teeth but already have the added stability of natural teeth to maintain muscle tone in their jaw.
Just like natural teeth, dentures require proper care to maintain; brush your gums, your tongue, and the roof of your mouth every day, and brush dentures with toothbrush and cleanser. When you’re not wearing your dentures, make sure your they’re covered in water and stored in a safe space. Complications can arise from not properly caring for your dentures. These can include:
- Gum and mouth irritation: sometimes, dentures can cause dry mouth
- Problems eating and speaking, especially in the early days of adjusting to your new dentures
- Scraping or moving around: dentures that don’t fit properly can scrape the sides of your mouth or move around, causing discomfort. Sometimes an adhesive can help keep dentures in place
- Bacterial infections: if dentures aren’t properly cared for, bacteria can build up in the mouth and cause infections
If you follow your dentist’s instructions and are diligent about caring for your dentures, they can last years. Your dentist may prescribe an adhesive to help keep your dentures in place, or may provide you with a special cleanser or soaking solution to keep your dentures clean. Make sure you visit your dentist frequently so they can check the fit and function of your dentures.
Think dentures might be right for you? Reach out to your dentist at TruBlu Dentistry today.