If you are missing a number of teeth in your mouth, or all of your teeth, full or partial dentures are an excellent option for tooth replacement. Before you envision the dentures your grandparents had sitting in a cup of water on the nightstand, you should know that today’s modern dentures look and feel more natural than ever before.
Dentures are an affordable, attractive way to restore the form and function of your mouth. Call your Garden City, GA, dentist Lee J. Martin, DMD, to find out more about tooth replacement options, including full or partial dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a removable prosthetic that is used to replace a few or all of your missing natural teeth. Full dentures are used for those who are completely edentulous (without any teeth); partials are used for those who have some natural teeth remaining. They are either made of acrylic or nylon, and Dr. Martin can talk to you about your options.
Even though today’s dentures are much improved, there is still a risk of shifting and movement when wearers talk or chew. Using dental implants to support the dentures means the dentures will not move. Implant-supported dentures provide a more affordable way to get the benefits of dental implants without having to pay for a mouth full of them.
With implant-supported dentures, patients also enjoy the advantage of preserving their bone health. When teeth are missing, there are no tooth roots to stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy. A condition known as “facial collapse” occurs over time, causing denture-wearers to appear older than their years as their face develops a sunken-in look. Dental implants take the place of the natural tooth root, so the bone stays dense and healthy.
Is There a Long Adjustment Period for Dentures?
All patients will have to undergo a period of adjustment when they first get their dentures, and Dr. Martin will likely recommend that you wear them all the time at first, even while you are sleeping. This will enable him to find spots in your dentures that might need adjusting because they are causing you irritation. Once these adjustments have been made, and the dentures fit properly, you can remove them while you are sleeping.
Since dentures are not real teeth, you will have to master the ability to chew while wearing them. Stick to simple foods at first until you develop the chewing skills to eat many of your favorite foods. Eventually, you will be able to chew comfortably—and speaking and laughing will feel natural again as well.
How Do I Care for My Dentures?
Your dentures are an investment, so you will want to treat them with care. Brush them daily to ensure there are no stuck-on food particles. Store them in a container of warm water or denture cleaning solution when you take them out. Don’t use hot water as that can cause warping. Be careful when cleaning them over the sink; if you drop them, they can crack.
Give our Garden City, GA, office a call to find out more about how dentures can restore your smile!