If you are missing teeth or facing multiple extractions, you may have started to explore your options for tooth restoration. Dentures are a natural-looking and affordable way to replace your lost teeth and can be an excellent option for many patients in Redlands, CA. In the following article, Dr. Vines of Pure Gold Dental explains everything you need to know about natural-looking dentures to restore your smile.
WHAT ARE DENTURES?
Dentures are artificial teeth that can be used to replace just a few missing teeth up to an entire arch. Dentures are a custom-made removable appliance that is specifically designed to fit in your mouth so that they will be natural-looking, comfortable, and function properly. Dentures are typically held in place via the natural suction of the appliance, the alveolar ridge, and the soft palate. Some patients may also choose to use denture adhesive to keep the appliance more firmly in place.
Dentures consist of two parts. The base of the dentures that fit over the alveolar ridge is gum-colored and made from metal covered in resin. The false teeth are most commonly made of either plastic or porcelain and are designed to match the natural teeth.
For patients who wish to have more stability, there is also the option of implant-supported dentures. With this restoration, four dental implants are placed into the dental arch and the dentures are then affixed to the implants. Of all the tooth restoration options, dental implants are the most stable and functional. Implant-supported dentures do not require suction or adhesives to keep them in place. The stable foundation of the implants allows patients to eat foods that are often off-limits with removable dentures.
THE DENTURE PROCESS
Getting dentures involves multiple steps and several appointments. The following is a basic outline of the denture process, although it can vary by individual.
To begin, impressions are taken of the teeth so that the dentures can be custom made to fit optimally in the mouth. The bite is measured, and replacement teeth are chosen. Once the dentures are ready, patients will return for a try-on to make sure they fit and look like they should. Once the fit is confirmed, patients can leave with the new set of teeth.
In the weeks and months following, patients will need to return for periodic check-ups to ensure that the dentures are functioning properly. Adjustments to the fit are often needed as the mouth heals.
GETTING ADJUSTED TO NEW DENTURES
With a new set of teeth comes an adjustment period. Most patients find that it takes about a month to become acclimated to the new dentures at which point they can speak and eat more naturally. It’s common to have some soreness or gum irritation in the first few weeks as well as inflammation around any extraction sites. Patients may also notice an increase in salivation, but this typically goes away after the first few weeks.
A few tips for adjusting to dentures:
- Start off only eating soft foods such as yogurt, applesauce or smoothies.
- When you can start eating hard foods, take small bites and chew the food thoroughly.
- Use warm salt water rinses to help with inflammation and reduce bacteria.
- Practice saying difficult to pronounce words at home to get used to speaking with dentures.
TAKING CARE OF DENTURES
With proper care, dentures can last for many years. It’s important to rinse dentures off after every meal and brush them with a special denture toothbrush and toothpaste. Regular toothbrushes and toothpaste are too abrasive for dentures and can harm the appliance. Always make sure to place a towel down on the counter before removing dentures to prevent them from breaking in case they are dropped. Dentures should be soaked at night, so they do not dry out or warp.
SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION AT PURE GOLD DENTAL TODAY
If you are in the Redlands, CA area and are interested in learning more about natural-looking dentures to restore your smile, we invite you to call Dr. Vines and the team at Pure Gold Dental today at (909) 435-4558 to schedule a consultation. We understand that tooth loss can be a frustrating and stressful time, so we are happy to answer any questions that you may have when it comes to choosing dentures.
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