If you’ve lost a significant number of teeth, you need to find a high quality replacement sooner rather than later. Dentures have long been trusted to fill in the gaps after the loss of multiple teeth -- and they have never been more effective than they are today. Your dentist at Tylan Creek Family Dentistry offers full and partial dentures in Simpsonville, SC. Keep reading to learn more about this popular tooth replacement method.
After tooth loss, finding a tooth replacement that’s comfortable and fits well is important for your continued health and wellbeing. Without all your teeth, it may be difficult to eat the nutritious foods that keep you healthy and feeling great for a long, happy life. Your remaining natural teeth may drift out of alignment, putting you at a greater risk of teeth grinding and painful problems with your jaw. Speech can also become difficult, and your self-confidence will likely suffer, too.
Dentures offer a wealth of benefits after tooth loss. They include:
If you’ve lost or had removed all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, a full (complete) denture takes the place of an entire row of missing teeth. It is held in place using natural suction; a denture adhesive may provide additional security for a complete denture.
A partial denture fills in the space left by missing teeth when several healthy ones are still present in the gum line. It fits in like a missing puzzle piece, held in place with small clasps or brackets attached to the natural teeth.
Dental implants from your dentist in Simpsonville, can also be used to retain a full or partial denture. Eligible candidates are those who are healthy enough to heal from a surgical procedure. People who can benefit from dental implants should strongly consider the option. They provide unmatched stability and security a partial or complete denture.
It may take some time to adjust to your new tooth replacement, but with a little perseverance, you’ll soon adjust and be enjoying all the benefits of a complete and confident smile once again. Wear your denture as directed to help your mouth get used to the way it feels. Excessive saliva production may occur right at first -- that’s just your body’s reaction to a new object. It should subside after a week or two. Practice reading out loud and take small bites to get used to speaking and eating. If you still can’t seem to adjust to your denture after several weeks, or if it is causing you pain, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your dentist. You may need a small adjustment or refitting.
If you’re dealing with the ill effects of missing teeth -- like a loss of self-confidence, difficulty eating, or a lisp when you speak -- please don’t wait to find a solution. Contact us to schedule an appointment at our dental office today!
Do you believe that your smile and overall quality of life could be improved by completing your smile with dentures? Our team will be more than happy to answer your questions at your consultation. Until then, we’ve included the answers to a few of the dentures-related questions that we get asked the most often below.
If you received implant dentures or had teeth extracted before getting your dentures, you’ll likely feel some residual soreness for a few days following your oral surgery. As long as you take your prescribed pain medication as directed, any discomfort should subside after about three to five days.
When your dentures are first placed, you may experience some minor irritation as your mouth gets used to the new appliance. This adjustment period lasts a different amount of time for everyone; for some people, it can take up to several months.
The average wait time between tooth extractions and denture placement is six to eight weeks, but this timeline varies based on the type of denture you’re receiving. Waiting this long gives your gums time to heal, ensuring that your dentures fit correctly.
For implant dentures, you may have to wait three to six months for osseointegration (the process of the implants fusing to your jawbone) to occur. In some cases, a temporary denture can be placed on the same day as your implant surgery, but you’ll have to wait to receive your permanent set of teeth.
Unless you have a fixed denture that’s designed to stay in your mouth at all times, we strongly recommend taking your dentures out before going to bed. After the pressure of holding the dentures in place all day, your gum tissue and jawbone need time to rest. Plus, nighttime is the perfect opportunity to let your dentures soak in a cleaning solution and remove any food debris, bacteria, or plaque that has built up throughout the day. Remember to only let your dentures soak in room-temperature or cool water or denture cleanser, though; hot water (or letting them dry out) can change their shape.
While your dentures should be brushed and rinsed daily, we advise against using ordinary toothpaste to do so. Toothpaste is actually abrasive and can leave microscopic scratches on the dentures’ surface. In the same vein, you shouldn’t use a hard- or medium-bristled toothbrush. Always use a soft-bristled brush specifically designed for cleaning dentures. Dentures can be cleaned with denture cleansers as well as mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap. Try to clean your dentures, or at least rinse them off, after every meal and snack.