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Dentures – Powdersville, SC

Give Yourself a Complete Smile

Dentist holding full denture If you are missing one or more of your teeth, it can be very difficult to do things that you once found easy. This can include chewing your food thoroughly, speaking clearly so others can understand you, and smiling without feeling self-conscious. Fortunately, if you have suffered from tooth loss, you can still give yourself a complete smile. At Tylan Creek Family Dentistry, we offer dentures in Powdersville to transform the appearance and function of your smile! Give us a call to schedule your consultation and get started.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Dentures are a great option for patients who are missing several, most of, or all of their natural teeth. Depending on how many teeth you still have and where they are located in your mouth, a customized plan can be made just for you. If you are currently struggling with any dental issues, like tooth decay or gum disease, this will need to be addressed and eliminated before you are able to get dentures. The health of your smile is our top priority!

Types of Dentures

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There are a few different types of dentures that cater to a variety of different needs. During your initial consultation, we will determine which of the following will best restore your smile:

Partial Dentures

If you still have some healthy teeth in your mouth, a partial denture can fit between the surrounding teeth like a puzzle piece. With this prosthetic, missing teeth in different locations of the mouth can be replaced simultaneously.

Full Dentures

This option replaces an entire arch of missing teeth on the top or bottom. It is held into place by the shape and suction of the mouth. Full dentures are made with a gum-colored base and hold natural-looking, tooth-colored replacement teeth in place.

Implant Dentures

If you’re looking for a sturdier, more permanent option, dental implant dentures are an ideal solution. These dentures are held into place with titanium, screw-like implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone to act as tooth roots. They allow for additional bite force and will prevent bone loss from occurring over time.

Benefits of Dentures

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When you’re missing multiple teeth, it can be challenging to complete a variety of daily tasks, like chewing your food, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence. Dentures are a life-changing tooth replacement option for patients who are missing several, most of, or all of their teeth. If you have suffered from tooth loss, here are some ways dentures can positively impact your life.

Psychological Benefits

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People who don’t have any teeth are less likely to engage in social activities due to difficulty accepting tooth loss. This comes along with negative effects on self-esteem, in addition to a higher risk of experiencing sadness and depression. By restoring the appearance and function of one’s smile with dentures, patients are likely to have increased confidence. Dentures are able to reduce anxieties about appearance, speech articulation, chewing ability, and more while engaging socially.

Clearer Enunciation

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Missing teeth can make it more challenging to speak clearly. In order to pronounce and perform words, your lips and tongue need to be positioned properly. When you are unable to touch your tongue to your teeth, some words become very difficult to say clearly. Because dentures act as the missing teeth, they allow patients to enunciate more clearly. After a short adjustment period, you will be talking just like you used to.

Improves Nutrition

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Many nutritious foods are tough in texture. This includes a wide range of vegetables, fruits, and healthy proteins. If you can chew your food well due to missing teeth, indigestion and malnutrition can easily follow. Dentures improve the ability to chew, therefore allowing for a more expansive diet full of nutritious foods. This way, patients can get all of the essential nutrients needed for optimal overall health.

Preserves Oral Health

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For patients who still have some remaining natural teeth, getting dentures can help prevent them from shifting to other areas of the mouth. Dentures also help to take on much of the weight of regular chewing. This prevents the remaining teeth from becoming worn down.

Expands Opportunity

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When it comes to job interviews, getting promotions, sales, and your personal life, your first impression is very important. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, so having one that appears healthy will do nothing but help you in your endeavors.

Dentures Aftercare

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Whether you have a partial denture or two full ones, dentures will not last long if you don’t take care of them. When you take the time and effort to keep your smile strong, your dentures can last for several years before needing adjustment and replacement. Just keep in mind that caring for dentures in Powdersville looks quite different from what you need to do for natural teeth. However, having a complete smile for as long as possible is well worth the effort you put into it.

Removable Dentures

Dentures come with a plastic gum-colored base as well as prosthetic teeth. As a result, there is more surface area to maintain. But the nice thing is that you don’t have to work in the small space of your mouth—you can take them out!

Remove After Eating

One of the potential downsides of having removeable dentures is that food can sneak their way in between your gums and your dentures, especially the longer you have your dentures. Not only can this be uncomfortable, but this debris can encourage bacterial growth and possibly lead to a gum infection. As a result, it’s a smart idea to take your dentures out after you’re done eating. It’ll give you a chance to rinse the dentures with water and make sure your smile stays healthy and beautiful.

Clean Your Restoration

Although your dentures will not become decayed or infected, they need to remain clean. Plaque can build up on the plastic, and when it comes into contact with your gums, the tissue can become infected as a result. Fortunately, when you take your dentures out, they are usually pretty easy to clean. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush the denture all over with a non-abrasive toothpaste.

Keep Your Dentures Safe

When your dentures are not in your mouth, they need to be stored in a safe place. Too easily, they can be lost, dropped, or thrown away if you’re not paying attention. Your dentures are going to be durable, but they can become broken. As a result, you need to avoid things that could damage your restorations, such as biting or chewing on hard things like ice, pencils, or popcorn kernels. Again, be careful while you clean your denture so that you don’t drop it onto the hard ground.

Remove Dentures When You Sleep

Although you may wish to have your replacement teeth in your mouth all the time, your gums needs to have a break from them. Plus, your mouth tends to become dry when you sleep, which can allow bacteria to build up on your dentures. The safest place for your dentures to be at night is in a cup of water or denture cleanser. This keeps your dentures moist and better protected from plaque and bacteria while you sleep.