Regain Your Bite Force, Restore Your Smile
Did you know over 120 million Americans are struggling with tooth loss? If you are a part of this statistic, then you are all too familiar with how difficult it can be to smile confidently, chew pain-free, and speak clearly. Fortunately, that’s where dentures come in! This tried-and-true tooth-replacement option is both lifelike and durable, allowing you to regain your bite force and restore your smile. Keep reading to learn more about this solution for tooth loss or get in touch with our team to schedule your appointment!
What Are Dentures?
At its core, dentures are a restorative dentistry solution designed to replace any number of missing teeth. By adhering custom-made prosthetic teeth to a gum-colored base, you can enjoy a fully functional, completely natural-looking, new and improved smile. This can be achieved with removable partial dentures, which fill in the gaps in your smile seamlessly, or implant-retained dentures that are surgically anchored in place to address more advanced tooth loss.
Candidates for Dentures
If you are missing several teeth throughout your mouth or are missing an entire arch, then dentures may be the solution you’ve been looking for! The best way to know for certain is to schedule a consultation. From there, our team can conduct a comprehensive dental exam to ensure your oral cavity is in good condition. If an untreated dental issue is present, like decay or gum disease, the appropriate restorative service will be worked into your treatment plan. That way, you can restore your smile, bite, and oral health.
The Difference Between Partial and Full Dentures
Partial and full dentures are both personalized restorations crafted to perfection to replace missing teeth. However, the main difference between the two lies in the purpose and functionality. For example, partials are ideal for patients who are missing several teeth, but still have a few natural ones intact as well. By concealing the metal framework in the gum-colored base, the clasps can discreetly attach to your “real” teeth for maximum durability and minimal movement. On the other hand, full dentures are made for patients missing an entire arch of teeth and the foundation is held in place through natural suction and denture adhesive.
Living With New Dentures
When you first get your dentures, some tenderness is to be expected. In the first few days, try sticking to soft foods, like yogurt and soup, and gradually work your way up to your normal diet. Speaking clearly with them takes some practice, so put in some extra time reading aloud and practicing the most difficult words. Fortunately, once you’re used to them, they should last 10+ years – just make sure to care for them properly. Clean them (and any of your remaining teeth) daily, avoid poor dental habits that can compromise their integrity, and visit our office every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
Are you ready to leave the complications of missing teeth in the past? Then contact our office today to schedule an appointment and take the next step toward a healthy, complete smile!