If you’ve lost teeth, dentures can vastly improve your quality of life. These removable appliances can give you a brand new smile and allow you to eat your favorite foods you’ve been missing. If you’re considering getting dentures, here are just a few things you may want to know:
1. There are a number of reasons you could need dentures.
There are a number of possible reasons that you may have gotten to this point of needing dentures—whether you’ve suffered from gum disease, injury, or even severe tooth decay. Regardless of the reason, you’ll likely find that dentures can transform your smile, boost your confidence, and allow you to enjoy life again!
2. There are multiple kinds of dentures, so they can cater to your needs!
Perhaps you only need to replace a few teeth. In these cases, you could be well-suited to a partial denture—a removable device with an acrylic base and metal framework that allows it to attach to both your gums and your surrounding teeth. If you need a full set of teeth, however, you’re most likely going to want complete dentures which cover your upper and lower gums with a U-shaped piece of acrylic and realistic prosthetic teeth. Depending on your individual circumstances, these dentures can take around 3-6 months to make, but you’ll be fitted for temporary dentures for this initial period.
3. You may need to have some preliminary appointments to prepare for dentures.
During your first evaluation for dentures, your dentist will take x-rays of the jawbone and gums. This will allow your dentist to ensure your bone and gum tissues will be effective in holding your new device in place. However, in some instances, patients may have too much or too little tissue. They could also need teeth removed. In these cases, your dentist will require a minor preliminary oral surgery to prepare your mouth for these devices.
4. It may take some time to acclimate to your device.
As you get used to your new device, your dentures may not feel completely comfortable right away. You may have increased saliva production or feel some minor irritation and soreness during the first few weeks. Thankfully, these symptoms are often just temporary. However, make sure to pay a visit to your dentist if this discomfort persists.
5. You will need to be diligent in taking care of your dentures each day.
It is important to take great care of your dentures to ensure they remain in good condition—and to protect your health, as well! Make sure you brush your tongue, gums, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth using a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice per day. Additionally, you must also brush your dentures with denture cleaning paste each day to remove plaque and food debris. You’ll want to soak your device in a suitable cleaner every night to protect them from warping or cracking. Make sure you don’t use hot water on your dentures, as this can also damage them! Finally, be aware of keeping your dentures out of reach of pets and children to protect them from damage.
Dentures will transform your smile and allow you to enjoy your favorite foods again! All in all, these devices can greatly boost your quality of life.
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