It’s never easy to lose some or even all of your teeth. But tooth loss is inevitable for many people due to old age, accident, illness and poor dental hygiene. Either way, it’s imperative that these missing teeth are replaced as quickly as possible. Any delay in replacing your missing teeth can make the current situation worse.
You’ll continue to have speaking difficulties, and chewing your food can be more problematic. In addition, you may lose your confidence as you’re not able to smile like you used to. This can cause problems with your social and professional life, and even your overall health may get affected.
Dentures may be the most suitable solution if you’re missing a significant number of teeth. Contemporary dentures are made to look very much like natural teeth, and it’s virtually impossible for people to tell that your teeth aren’t natural. Also, we make every effort to make sure that your dentures are comfortable to wear and very functional when you use them.
Denture Preparation and Placement
Our dentist will make a full assessment of your current dental situation. He will check your teeth, gums, and the bone structure in your mouth, and will assess if dentures will suitable for your case. If dentures are recommended, we’ll make an impression of your gums, and this will be sent off to our laboratory. This will make sure that when we place the dentures onto your gums, they will fit in perfectly. When your dentures are ready, you’ll need to come back to our office so we can place it in your mouth.
Types of Dentures
- Conventional full dentures. If you have lost all your teeth or it’s necessary to have your remaining teeth extracted, you’ll need conventional full dentures. Before the dentures can be placed, your gum tissue must first fully heal from the extractions. Depending on the number of extractions, the healing process can take up to a full year.
- Immediate full dentures. Once all the teeth have been extracted, the dentures can then be placed right away. The impressions are taken before the extractions.
- Partial dentures. This type of denture is more suitable if you still have plenty of healthy teeth remaining so they won’t have to be extracted. The partial denture has a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. You can remove your partial dentures for cleaning and for sleeping.
Take care of your dentures properly so that they will last for many years. You can also avoid oral infection and irritation by practicing good oral hygiene. Every night, take off your dentures so you can properly brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristle toothbrush. You should also take proper care of your dentures by cleaning them every night to remove any attached debris and plaque. We will prescribe a cleansing solution that you can use to leave your dentures in every night. It will take some time for you to adjust to having dentures inside your mouth. It’s normal to feel some level of discomfort, especially during the first few days. You should however get in touch with us if the irritation and the soreness continue after a few days. Just because you’ve lost all your teeth doesn’t mean that you’ve also lost the ability to chew your food properly and to smile confidently. Get in touch with us so we evaluate and recommend the best dental treatment that can bring back your smile.