Tooth loss can occur for many reasons; missing teeth can impact your ability to chew properly, speak clearly, and smile with self confidence. One solution to restore your smile is with custom dentures. A consultation with your dentist can get you started.
A denture is a removable appliance that restores gaps in dentition. In addition to replacing missing teeth, a custom fabricated denture will offer support for cheeks and lips to provide a natural appearance.
Full Denture – A full denture is provided when all teeth in one or both arches require replacement.
Partial Denture – When the patient still has some permanent teeth remaining, a partial denture can be made to replace those teeth that have been lost. A partial denture not only completes your smile, but prevents those remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
Your dentist will discuss the options available to you to provide the optimum appearance and functionality.
Adjusting to and Caring for Dentures
Once you have received your custom denture, you will have a period of adjustment. It may feel odd or even a little uncomfortable at first. You may be advised to leave your denture in 24/7 for a few days, but normally you will remove it at night.
If your speech feels a little off, practice with your denture in place by singing in the shower, speaking in front of a mirror, or chatting with a trusted friend. Like anything else, a little practice with something new may be needed.
A soft diet may be recommended at first … cut food into small bites and take your time as you adjust.
Brush your biological teeth without the denture in place including gum tissue. Clean your denture as recommended by your dentist. Never attempt to make adjustments to your denture … see your dentist if sore spots develop or something doesn’t feel right. In no time, your denture will feel natural allowing you to smile, speak, and chew like you did before tooth loss occurred.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact Hulen Crossing Family Dental today to schedule a consultation.