Discussing options to resolve missing teeth is an important and necessary conversation. Your dentist will outline all of your tooth replacement options during an initial consultation.
Types of Dentures
What exactly is a denture? It is a removable appliance used to replace teeth lost to infection, decay, or trauma. A denture is needed to allow a patient to chew properly, speak clearly, and smile with self-confidence. Dentures can be made to look like your natural teeth to prevent changes in your appearance.
If your dentist is recommending a complete denture, it is due to the fact that all teeth in the upper or lower arch are missing or require extraction.
A partial denture is used when there are some biological teeth remaining.
What Can You Expect with Dentures?
Any time you undergo a major physical change, there are adjustments to be anticipated. With dentures, you might experience one or all of the following:
Dentures may feel awkward at first. You may also feel like you are producing a lot more saliva. This is expected – allow for this during your period of adjustment.
Minor irritation or soreness may accompany the placement of your dentures. Make sure you advise your dentist; do not attempt to tweak your dentures on your own. Any adjustment you make can result in damage.
Chewing difficulties – Plan to eat soft foods initially. As you gain confidence in your new prostheses, advance to different foods making sure to eat with manageable bites.
Speaking and word pronunciations may feel different at first. Practice in front of a mirror to gain self-confidence.
You have made an important investment so make sure you provide the optimum care for your dentures. Store and clean them as directed. Also, make sure you are taking the proper care of remaining natural teeth and the gum tissue where your denture rests.
Finally, resolve to take advantage of all scheduled follow up dental visits. With the proper care and practice, you will be able to look great and enjoy life with your new dentures.
For more information or to schedule a tooth replacement consultation, contact the office of Dr. David Kuban today.