Losing your natural teeth can deal a major blow to your confidence. However, tooth loss doesn’t have to disrupt your life. Dentists can repair your smile with custom-made restorations, such as full or partial dentures.
At Winter Dental, we believe that a removable, personalized oral appliance is the perfect solution for several missing teeth. So, if you’re considering dentures, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with our caring and dedicated dentists, Drs. Stuart and Nick Winter. Call us at 303-424-4567 or contact us online.
If you’re new to wearing dentures, then keep reading. We’ll address several common questions about new dentures, as well as give you some advice and tips on how to preserve and support your oral health.
Oftentimes, dentists recommend partial or full dentures for patients who have sustained significant tooth loss due to conditions such as:
- Dental decay
- Periodontal disease
- Tooth extraction
- Tooth trauma
Before getting a dental restoration, a dentist will need to assess your existing teeth. In some cases, getting your remaining teeth extracted may be the best solution for disease control and prevention. However, our dentists will always thoroughly review your treatment plan with you before beginning any procedures.
Yes! Patients can get many kinds of dentures–or false teeth–such as:
- Partial dentures
- Full dentures
- An upper denture, a lower denture, or both
- Permanent dentures using dental implants (which have a 98% success rate!)
Getting new dentures can take a few dental visits before you can get and wear your new restoration. However, most patients can expect the following steps to get their appliance:
- A dentist will conduct a thorough oral examination to make sure the jaw bone and gums are healthy. If necessary, a patient may need treatment to get the bone tissue and gums healthy again before continuing with the process.
- Next, a dentist will get an oral impression of their patient’s mouth. A dental lab will use the impression to craft each patient’s unique appliance.
- Then, the dentist will estimate the length of their patient’s new teeth to fit their appearance and personality.
- Lastly, patients will work together with their dentist to adjust their new smile and to ensure that they fit comfortably.
Denture wearing takes some practice. This is because the mouth and cheek muscles will need to adjust to the new appliance, which can trigger more saliva production. However, increased saliva is a normal part of the denture adjustment period.
Here are some more tips and tricks to help you get adjusted to your new restoration:
- For the first few weeks, harder foods will be a no-go. So, try eating soft foods, like mashed potatoes or smoothies.
- Take smaller bites, and chew thoroughly.
- Practice speaking! The more you practice speaking, the faster you’ll adapt to your new appliance.
- According to the American College of Prosthodontists, patients should be wearing their removable dentures daily, but never for 24 hours straight.
- Use a quality denture adhesive. Dentures slipping can create minor irritation and sore spots on the soft tissues of the mouth.
When you wear a removable appliance, you must properly care for it to prevent harmful bacterial growth. So, here are a few ways to take great care of your removable dentures:
- Use a dentist-recommended denture cleanser daily, and carefully follow the instructions on the packaging.
- Brushing your dentures daily helps remove bacteria, but be sure to use a soft-bristled brush or a designated denture brush. And don’t forget to gently brush your gums and tongue, too!
- If you’re experiencing sudden pain while using your appliance, then contact a dental professional immediately. It may be time to reline your restoration.
Living with missing teeth isn’t your only option. That’s why our team at Winter Dental is here to provide you with quality, custom-made restorations that look great and boost your confidence.
If you’re ready to see how we can help you, then schedule a consultation today. We’re always ready to help our cherished patients (and new patients, too!). Call us at 303-424-4567 or reach us online.