Tooth loss remains a significant problem for the majority of American adults. After age 35, the chances that you will lose one or more teeth greatly increase. And once you are missing one tooth, the risk of losing more — to the point of total tooth loss — are far greater.
Dentures replace multiple teeth missing from anywhere in your mouth, or a complete row of missing teeth. They are prosthetic teeth attached to a base that looks like your gums. A denture can be partial or complete, and retained by dental implants, or not.
Dr. Lloyd is the one you’re looking for when you search “dentist near me.” He and his team at Indigo Dental provide dentures for patients after partial or total tooth loss.
Full or Partial Dentures, Depending On Your Needs
In order to replace your teeth with dentures, Dr. Lloyd will evaluate your tooth loss and determine whether or not a full or partial denture is needed.
Your dentist’s goal is to save the natural teeth whenever possible. When one or more healthy teeth are present in the gum line, a partial denture is the best route. It clips into the mouth, fitting around the existing teeth sort of like a missing puzzle piece. The teeth in the partial denture are customized to match the size, shape, and shade of the rest of your smile.
A full, or complete, denture replaces an entire row of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It is held in place by suction, and a denture adhesive can provide additional security for the denture.
With proper care and maintenance, a traditional removable denture will require replacement every five to seven years.
Adjusting to Your Denture
It may take some time to get used to wearing a denture at first. In the first few weeks, you may notice your mouth producing extra saliva as a reaction to the new prosthetic. Increased saliva after dentures is temporary. To speed through the adjustment phase, wear your denture as directed during the day, and do not remove it to eat.
Chewing may be difficult at first, but with some persistence, you will soon be eating all your favorite foods once again. Begin by taking small bites, chewing slowly, and eating softer foods. Resume regular eating as you become more comfortable with your dentures.
If you have trouble speaking with your denture, practice reading out loud to get used to what it feels like.
Rinse your mouth with warm salt water if you experience soreness or sore spots on the mouth. If soreness persists, visit your dentist.
For a superior fit and unsurpassed stability, dental implants provide an excellent solution. They are tiny titanium posts that act as prosthetic roots for the dentures that are affixed on top. Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, but patients who are benefit from better oral health, a more natural-looking tooth replacement, and teeth that fit just like they should for a lifetime to come.
Need dentures? Request an appointment at Indigo Dental today!