Missing teeth are a big problem in many ways. People with missing teeth can have difficulty speaking and eating—both of which negatively impact a person’s quality of life and health.
If you are missing teeth, you may have considered dentures but you were worried about how they would look. The good news is that dentures look natural and can restore the form and function of your teeth. Dr. Amy Trujillo of Summit Dental can give you more information on dentures and how they can improve your life—and your health. She has the expertise to ensure that you get dentures that fit comfortably and function well.
Find out today whether or not you might be a good candidate for dentures. Give us a call!
Will People Know That I Am Wearing Dentures?
Dentures today have come a long way from the fake-looking white squares that substituted for teeth in the past. Dentures today look very close to your natural teeth. It will be difficult if not impossible for people to tell that you are wearing dentures. Dentures will also enable you to eat, speak, and laugh more easily than you could with missing teeth—and all anyone will notice is your natural-looking smile.
Types of Dentures That Are Available
Depending on the number of missing teeth you might have, Dr. Trujillo will speak to you about full or partial dentures to replace the missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue. If all of your teeth are missing, full dentures will be likely. If you are missing just a few teeth, a partial denture will be more suitable.
Full dentures come in two varieties: conventional and immediate. For the conventional type of denture, there is a waiting period after the teeth have been removed and the denture is placed. Patients will usually have to wait about 8 to 12 weeks after teeth have been removed to place the dentures on the healed gym tissue. With immediate dentures, placement happens immediately after the teeth have been removed so there is no waiting period where patients are without teeth. That is obviously a great advantage to this type of denture, but because the gums and jawbone will shrink over time, this type of denture will need more adjustments down the road.
If you are only missing one or a few teeth, you can find out if partial dentures are right for you. A partial denture, or bridge, is made up of replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base. This is usually attached to crowns that have been placed onto existing teeth and cemented into place. Not only will this bridge enable you to chew properly again, but it will prevent other teeth from changing position because it fills the empty space in the mouth.
Caring for My Dentures
Caring for your dentures is easy. Remove them after eating and rinse them. Be sure to brush them at least once every day and soak them at night. They are quite durable, but you don’t want to drop them as that could break a tooth or the base.