If you’re interested in restoring the appearance, confidence, and functionality of your teeth, contact us at Carmel Mountain Dental Care. Schedule a consultation today to find out which dentures are best for you.
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Whenever you lose a tooth or have a tooth extracted, you must have the tooth replaced in some manner. Leaving gaps in the mouth will lead to bone loss, shifting teeth, and changes in the structure and appearance of your face.
There are a variety of tooth replacement options, such as dentures, dental implants, or dental bridges. Dentures are particularly suitable for patients who are missing a significant amount of teeth, are not a good candidate for implants due to inadequate bone density, or are looking for a cheaper and more immediate replacement for teeth.
At Carmel Mountain Dental Care, we carry both full and partial dentures. Partial dentures are used as an alternative to a dental bridge when only a few missing teeth need replacing. A partial denture can be made of various materials, such as an acrylic or metal framework.
In either case, partial dentures fill in spaces left by missing teeth by clasping onto clips that are placed on the natural teeth. Full dentures are only recommended for patients who are missing most of or all of their teeth because the placement of full dentures requires extracting the patient’s remaining teeth.
These dentures can replace the top or bottom arch of teeth or both. Full dentures are held in place through a seal at the gums and are typically made of a pink acrylic base that is placed over the gums and supports porcelain artificial teeth. Both partial and full dentures are removable and should be taken out at night to sleep.
The process begins with a consultation where your gums and teeth will be examined. If you are receiving partial dentures, x-rays may be necessary to ensure that you have strong enough abutment teeth to support the denture. You also need to have any cavities, decay, or gum disease treated before you can receive your dentures.
For full dentures, you will first need to undergo extractions of your remaining teeth. Your gums need to completely heal before you can be fitted for your official denture, which will take about 8-12 weeks. In both cases, impressions will be taken of your mouth and teeth and sent to a dental lab that will create your dentures.
The impressions give us information about how your teeth fit together, how they look, and how they fit inside your jaw. It will take a few weeks for your dentures to be ready, so you will be given temporary dentures to wear in the meantime.
Your dentures should be ready within 2-3 weeks (but if you have had any extractions in preparation, you will still need to wait until your gums are healed) and you will return to the dental office for a fitting. If any adjustments need to be made to the shade, size, or shape of the artificial teeth, or if the dentures feel like they don’t fit right, you will inform us so we can make alterations.
It may take several fittings and adjustments before your dentures are just right. You may require some follow-up appointments to ensure that the dentures are sitting on your gums properly and aren’t causing any irritation.
Adjusting to a new set of dentures can take about 30 days. During this time, your dentures may feel a little uncomfortable and it may be difficult to eat and speak clearly. You should start out eating only soft foods until you feel comfortable introducing solid foods again. Try to eat on both sides of the mouth equally, cutting foods into small pieces.
Dentures can make you sound louder and cause difficulty pronouncing “s” and “f” sounds. In this case, practice makes perfect. Try practicing tongue twisters, singing, or speaking more slowly. If your gums feel sore, you may want to take your dentures out more frequently in the beginning to give your gums a rest.
Rinsing your mouth with a lukewarm saltwater solution can also help to relieve gum discomfort. Another issue new denture wearers also experience is excess saliva production. This will go away with time and is your body’s response to sensing a foreign object in the mouth.
Sucking on a mint or candy can encourage more swallowing. If your denture still feels uncomfortable, ill-fitting, or is giving you persistent problems after the first month, you should schedule an appointment for a checkup, as your dentures may need to be adjusted.
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