The loss of your teeth affects more than simply your ability to chew your food properly. When your teeth are missing, your jawbone can start to deteriorate. This can cause you to look older. This in turn can impact your confidence. Missing teeth also change how you speak, making you more difficult to understand. You may even develop other health problems, such as TMD, because your joints and muscles are compensating for the loss of those teeth.
Dentures are replacement teeth. Depending on your needs and your health, we offer both traditional and implant-supported dentures. All of our dentures are custom-made to fit your unique needs.
Traditional dentures are removable; these can be either a whole set of teeth or a partial one. An adhesive is used to attach the dentures to your gums. These adhesives come in a variety of options: cream, powder, liquid, or strips. Whatever adhesive you use, we recommend that you choose one that has been evaluated by the American Dental Association (ADA) to protect your health as well as the dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are for people who have strong jawbones. The implant process includes surgically placing a rod into your jaw, which will provide the appropriate support for the dentures. Your bone will go through a process called “osseointegration.” This means that your bone will grow around the rod to make it even stronger and more stable. Meanwhile, new teeth are made for you; these teeth will match the rest of your teeth in order to create a natural look.
Your replacement teeth will be placed when your implant is ready to support them, which only a professional can determine. These replacement teeth can either be dentures or permanent placements, depending on your unique needs.
Both your dentures and your mouth will need care. You will need to brush your mouth to ensure your continued health, especially before putting your dentures into your mouth. Neglecting your gums, tongue, and palate will lead to infections and other health issues. You will need to brush your dentures with a cleaner, not with toothpaste, as toothpastes are abrasive. Choose a cleaner that is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) to ensure that your dentures are cleaned properly. Do not use any household cleaners or bleach as these can make you ill and damage the dentures. When your removable dentures are not in use, they need to remain in a glass of clean water or an approved denture cleanser. You should keep this glass covered.
Follow-up visits are necessary to ensure your dentures fit well. You should schedule regular visits and cleanings with us in order to maintain your dentures.
If you are missing teeth for any reason, call us to discuss how custom dentures can improve your quality of life and your smile!