Advice and Tips for New Wearers:
Dentures are removable false teeth which are designed to replace missing teeth. If you are in need of dentures, your dentist may recommend a complete or full set, or partial dentures. Which dentures he recommends depends entirely upon the number of teeth that have been lost. Over the years, dental design and fabrication technology has gotten better at making dentures that fit and function well, and match your remaining teeth.
Dentures replace natural teeth with an acrylic, gum-shaped device with false teeth. Not only do they restore the function of teeth, but also the overall aesthetics of your mouth.
Am I a Candidate for Dentures?
Your dentist may suggest dentures as a restorative measure for missing teeth if you have a medical condition that has contributed to deterioration of the jawbone over time. This change in bone structure would likely mean that dental implant, usually the preferred treatment, would not be successful in this case.
The underlying jawbone may also have receded to the point where bone grafting would be required and depending on the overall health of the patient, that kind of procedure would not be successful.
Dentures may also be used as a temporary restorative option between extraction of teeth and placement of dental implants.
How are Dentures Fabricated?
Once your dentist has determined that you’re a candidate for dentures, he will take impressions of your mouth. These impressions will be used to design your custom-made denture. Each patient’s mouth is different, so no two dentures are alike. Each denture is made especially for every patient. Fabrication of the denture usually happens in a lab and can take a week or two.
When the denture is ready, the dentist will call you back in for an appointment and place the denture and assess how it fits. He might make a few adjustments to make sure it fits securely without pinching or rubbing.
Learning to Live with Dentures
If you’ve lived without teeth for a while, then your new dentures may take some getting used to. You will need to get used to pronouncing certain sounds again, and/or eating harder foods again. You will also have to adjust to seeing a complete smile when you look at yourself in the mirror.
Patients typically report that it takes longer to get used to a lower denture than it does an upper denture. Your tongue may feel restricted or just feel strange with lower dentures. Over time, you will get used to the sensations and the new overall dental environment. You might want to try practicing speaking in front of a mirror.
Chewing can also be learning curve for new denture wearers. For the first several days after you get your full or partial dentures, you will want to stick with soft foods only. Your dentist will tell you when you can start eating solid food and what kinds of foods you should still try to avoid with your new dentures. When you do move to solid foods, chew slowly and deliberately until you are used to them.
Is not unusual to experience some soreness with your denture, but if you notice spots or blisters on your gums, contact our office.
Daily Cleaning is Vital for Denture Wearers
Dentures must be cleaned on a daily basis. If not, the soft tissues of your mouth can become irritated, and contribute to bad breath. Cleaning your dentures is actually fast and easy, and there are many products on the market today to help you do the job. Ask your dentist which one might be best for you.
You cannot use conventional toothbrushes and toothpaste since they are not designed for dentures. They are too abrasive and can cause damage to the surface of dentures. You also must not use hot water to clean them as they could become warped, and then may no longer fit properly.
Use a soft brush also to clean your gums and your tongue.
Safe Oral Health with Dentures
For better oral health, take your dentures out at night or for 8 hours out of a 24-hour day. Also, just because you now have false teeth instead of real ones does not mean that you should stop seeing your dentist on a regular basis. There are other things your dentist can monitor in terms of your oral health and overall health. He will particularly need to keep an eye on the health of your gums.
Avoid clenching or grinding your dentures, and make it a practice to keep your dentures apart when you are not using them.
If you need a denture or have questions about your existing denture, you need a dentist that has experience. You will find that at Newport Beach Dentistry. With 30 years of experience, we have the expertise and skill to provide our patients with comfortable full and partial dentures.
Located at 1401 Avocado Avenue, Suite 209, Newport Beach, California, 92660, Newport Beach Dentistry can take care of any oral health needs you have, including dentures. We listen to each of our patients so we can provide the best possible service, and accept most insurance plans.
If you need full or partial dentures, or any other dental procedure, give us a call at (949) 644-9181 to book your consultation. Our caring staff will make you feel at ease throughout your whole treatment experience.