If you have lost some or all of your teeth, you may want to consider getting dentures. Dentures can improve your smile, help you chew food again, and restore your confidence. Most dental insurance companies will cover some or all of the cost of dentures. At Dental Innovations, we have experienced prosthodontists who specialize in restoring and replacing teeth. We offer two types of dentures, partial and complete:
Partial dentures are useful when you still have one or more teeth in your jaw. Artificial, replacement teeth will be attached to a gum-colored plastic base (sometimes connected to a metal frame).
Complete dentures are used when all of your teeth are missing. They can be either conventional or immediate, depending on how soon you’d like to wear them.
How are dentures made?
Your prosthodontist will take impressions and measurements of your jaws. Those impressions will be used to create models, plastic patterns, or wax forms in the exact shape of the dentures for you to try on. Before the final denture is cast, they’ll perfect the color, shape, and fit and make final adjustments as necessary.
What happens after you get a filling?
Be sure to maintain regular teeth cleaning appointments. Use a fluoride toothpaste (at least twice a day) to protect your teeth from further damage. Floss your teeth at least once daily.
What do dentures feel like?
At first, your dentures can feel a little loose or odd until your tongue and cheek muscles figure out how to keep them in place. It may take time to become comfortable with taking them in and out. You also may experience mild irritation or soreness and an increase in saliva at first. It may take time to adjust to speaking with your dentures in.
Eating may be uncomfortable for a few weeks but will get easier with practice. It’s best to start with soft foods and chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth. Avoid hot, hard, or sticky foods. Don’t chew gum or use toothpicks while wearing your dentures.
Your prosthodontist will instruct you on how to wear them at first. You may need to wear them all day long and while sleeping to get used to them in the beginning.
Note: Right after your filling, your teeth may be more sensitive to air, pressure, sweet foods, and temperature. This sensitivity should go away after a few weeks. Call us if the feeling does not go away after 2-4 weeks. You may need to start using a desensitizing toothpaste or have a root canal.
How do take care of your dentures?
It is important to keep the inside of your mouth clean. Brush your gums, roof of mouth, tongue, and cheeks to remove plaque and prevent bad breath. Clean your dentures and brush them using a mild cleaning solution and a soft brush. Keep your dentures in water when you’re not wearing them.
Talk to your dentist about adhesives that can make wearing your dentures more comfortable. Your dentist will advise you on which cleaners to use as well. Contact Dental Innovations if you have any questions about your dentures, if they stop fitting well, or if they get damaged.