Dentures and Partials – Changing Lives One Smile at a Time!
What are dentures?
Dentures, also referred to as false teeth, are artificial, removable replacements of one, several, or even all of the teeth of the top, bottom, or both jaws. Dentures are custom made from acrylic resin and other plastics to match any remaining teeth and are designed for a perfect, comfortable fit. They are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissue and can be secured with denture adhesives.
Why do people need dentures?
The reason someone needs full or partial dentures is simply that they are missing teeth. The loss of teeth could be due to tooth extraction because of dental disease caused by poor dental hygiene, severe malnutrition, or from genetic defects. It could also be from a trauma, such as a car or biking accident, which knocks out one or more teeth. Whatever the reason teeth are missing, dentures offer an affordable solution.
What are the advantages of getting dentures?
~Chewing ability is improved by replacing bare areas with denture teeth.
~Aesthetics improve because the presence of teeth gives a natural appearance to the face. Wearing a denture to replace missing teeth provides support for the lips and cheeks, correcting the collapsed appearance that results from the loss of teeth.
~Pronunciation improves because replacing missing teeth enables patients to speak better.
~Self-esteem improves because improved looks and speech boost confidence in the ability to interact socially.
Are there other options for missing teeth?
Dentures are an especially viable option when several or all of the teeth are missing. Dental implants are also an excellent option for missing teeth, but they might be costly if several teeth are missing and may not be an option if bone loss is an issue. A dental bridge is another option to replace missing teeth, but only if there are other teeth to support the bridge itself. While dentures are removable, bridges and implants are more permanent.
Are they comfortable? Do they look natural?
Dentures and partial dentures have undergone vast improvements over the years and are now more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than ever before. For instance, the materials used to attach partials to other teeth is much more pliable, comfortable and less visible than the metal used in the past. The improvements in the materials used to make the teeth part of dentures have made them extraordinarily natural looking.
How do you care for dentures?
Dentures need to be brushed and sterilized daily. However, only a denture brush should be used as a regular toothbrush can be too abrasive. While there are many products on the market for cleaning false teeth, there are also a few natural ways to clean dentures. Baking soda has long been recognized for its effectiveness in cleaning teeth; it can be used to clean dentures naturally, and disinfect them too. A natural abrasive, baking soda will remove food particles and polish the teeth. The acidic nature of household vinegar will work to soften and remove tartar buildup while killing germs at the same time. Be sure to ask your dentist exactly how your dentures should be cleaned as different materials might require specific products or techniques.
What’s the first step to getting my smile back?
You know better than anyone how missing teeth affects your appearance and the impact on how you feel about yourself. Covering your mouth with your hand when you laugh or simply not smiling at all, may have become your ways of coping. If you are missing teeth, make an appointment to come see us. Dr. Martin or Dr. Taylor will be happy to discuss your various options and will help you in choosing the solution best for you to start smiling again!
Missing teeth? Let’s talk about your options!