Dentures have long been a trusted solution for tooth loss, and they’ve never been more comfortable or effective than they are today. Modern complete and partial dentures are natural-looking, sturdy, and work wonders for replacing several or a whole row of missing teeth.
When you have lost a whole row of teeth in the top or bottom of your mouth, a complete (or full) denture replaces the teeth and provides the support your jaw needs. Held in place using natural suction or with the help of a denture adhesive, complete dentures restore a patient’s ability to eat, speak, and smile with total confidence once again.
When one or more healthy natural teeth remain in the gum line, a partial denture fills in the gaps. Whether the teeth are missing all in a row or from different areas of the mouth, the partial denture fits with the remaining teeth like a missing puzzle piece. Clips and metal brackets hold the partial denture in place.
For eligible candidates, there is no better method for replacing missing teeth than with dental implants. They provide a prosthetic root for the removable denture that is attached on top. Tiny titanium cylinders, dental implants fuse with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. It takes four to eight months for the bone to grow around the implants, but once the process is complete, your dental implants are as stable as your natural teeth.
The benefits of dental implants include:
- Restored ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease
- Freedom from denture adhesives
- Improved oral health
- Dental implants can last a lifetime
Candidates for dental implants are patients who are in good oral and overall health. People with severe gum disease or health conditions that affect the immune system, like diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and advanced-stage cancer are usually unfit to undergo the procedure for dental implants.
It may take some time to get used to your new denture. Eating and speaking will feel different at first, but continue wearing your denture to speed through the adjustment phase. Cut your food into small bites to make eating easier, and practice reading aloud to get used to speaking with your prosthetic teeth.
Taking care of a denture is a simple but crucial part of its success. Remove and rinse your prosthetic every time you eat, and brush the denture with a mild hand soap at least once a day. Soak your dentures at night to help them retain their shape. Be careful to never use hot water when cleaning your denture, as doing so can cause it to warp. Keep an eye on how your denture fits, and if a problem develops, get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible. A reline or refit may be necessary.
Don’t wait to have your missing teeth replaced with a full or partial denture. Bruner Dental Center provides beautiful, natural-looking tooth replacement. Request an appointment online today!