Are Dentures Right For You?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, they may be the right choice for your dental health. Dentures are removable tooth prosthetics designed to look and function like natural teeth. They’re used to compensate for one or more missing teeth, and are available as partials and as complete sets. We only use easy-to-clean (and easily removed) models. If you need one or more teeth removed, the denture process may take a few months, because it’s necessary to wait for gums to heal after extractions. Afterwards, we take an impression of your gums and the bones beneath, which will be used to fabricate a complete or partial denture in a dental lab.
Full dentures are made up of a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, or your palate. The lower denture is horse-shoe shaped to accommodate your tongue.
New dentures may feel uncomfortable for a few weeks. The muscles of your mouth and tongue will need to grow accustomed to having dentures. A small amount of irritation is normal, but if you’re experiencing increasing levels of discomfort, be sure to consult your dentist immediately.
It’s important to take impeccable care of your dentures. You should keep your dentures clean and unbroken. You should brush your gums, palate and tongue every morning before inserting your dentures. This discourages plaque buildup.
Over time, your dentures will need to be relined or remade due to normal wear. Especially as you age, the shape of your mouth may change as your facial muscles alter. Changes such as these may cause your dentures to loosen slightly. It’s important to go in for check-ups with your dentist at least once a year.
If you think you might need dentures, click here to make an appointment with us today. In addition, if you have any questions or concerns, raise them in a free consultation. We’ll help you find the dental option that works best for you.