When you think of dentures, you might imagine an unnatural, phony-looking smile or think of teeth ricocheting around in someone’s mouth. If this is your impression of dentures, we want you to know that things have changed!
Today’s dentures are far more advanced than those of the past. Modern technology has made dentures better fitting, easier to wear, and more natural-looking. Keep reading to learn more about dentures and how they can benefit you.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that sit inside of the mouth. They can also be removed. There are two main types of dentures—full and partial. A full denture replaces all of the teeth in the mouth, whereas a partial denture just replaces some of the teeth.
There are also two kinds of partial dentures: Conventional and precision partial dentures. Conventional partial dentures use small metal clasps to anchor the denture to the surrounding teeth. Precision attachment partial dentures do not use metal clasps. Instead, they are anchored into place with the help of two dental crowns on each of the surrounding teeth. To determine which is best for you, we suggest that you schedule an appointment at our office so we can make a recommendation based on your unique needs.
Why Would Someone Choose to Get Dentures?
People choose to get dentures to replace their missing teeth. Oftentimes as we age, we begin to lose our natural teeth to cavities, gum disease, and/or injury. Many people find that with dentures, they can speak clearer and eat more easily.
Additionally, dentures are often chosen for cosmetic reasons. People who are self-conscious about their missing teeth may prefer the look of dentures. When there is significant tooth loss, the face tends to sag and appear older. Dentures can restore a more youthful appearance, making this one of the more popular reasons to get dentures.
What Is the Procedure for Getting Dentures?
When you visit us for an appointment, we will make a recommendation as to which dentures would be best for you. Then, we will take an X-Ray and make the initial impressions of your mouth.
The denture making process can begin right away if all of your teeth have already been removed. If some teeth need to be pulled prior to having your dentures made, we will discuss tooth removal options and the possibility of not having to go without teeth following the removal process. Once the teeth have been removed—and the gums have healed—we can move forward with your dentures.
Ultimately, the procedure of getting dentures requires patients to come in for a series of brief try-on appointments prior to obtaining their final set.
What Can I Expect After Getting Dentures?
Although dentures take some time to get used to, you can ease the adjustment period by choosing soft food at first, taking small bites, avoiding very hot food and beverages, and chewing on both sides of your mouth at the same time to stabilize the denture.
You may also experience some mild soreness initially. This is not unusual, but if the pain persists, you will want to come see us again for adjustments.
How Do You Care for Dentures?
Caring for dentures is easy. Each day, you must remove them, rinse them off with water, and then clean them using an ADA-approved denture cleaner and a special denture-cleaning brush. Then, be sure to soak your dentures overnight in water or a denture solution. The moisture will help them to retain their shape.
How Can I Learn Whether Dentures Are Right for Me?
It is simple! Just schedule an appointment at our office, and we will evaluate your dental needs and make a recommendation. For your convenience, we have two office locations. You can reach our Logan office by calling 740.385.2631 or our Zanesville office at 740.452.5441. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online at either location by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you!