Your teeth do a lot for you every day. They are responsible for important tasks liking biting and chewing, speaking, and even providing you with a beautiful, confident smile. Suffering tooth loss impacts all of these functions and your entire quality of life. The more teeth that you lose, the more devastating the effects. If you have lost an entire arch of teeth, or all of the teeth in your mouth, Keith A. Boenning, DDS can replace those teeth with full dentures.
What are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are a treatment designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. They can be used to replace the upper arch, lower arch, or even both. A denture is a removable prosthesis that consists of false teeth set into a base. The base is made to sit directly on your gums, relying on the soft tissue for support. Dentures have been in use for hundreds of years to replace missing teeth. The dentures we are using today, however, are vastly different from dentures from even just a few decades ago. Today, dentures are designed to look much more realistic. False teeth are made from an acrylic resin while the base is made from a hard acrylic. The base is also colored to match your natural gum tissue for a smoother, more realistic appearance. With dentures, we can help to restore both many of the functions of your missing teeth as well as the appearance of your smile.
The Process for Getting Full Dentures
Getting your full denture takes a couple of appointments to complete. During the first appointment, we first need to extract any unhealthy teeth that remain in the arch. Following extractions, an impression of your mouth is taken. This impression is sent to our dental lab, where your denture is designed and brought to life. Your second appointment occurs once your denture has been completed. During this appointment, your denture is checked for fit and a natural bite. If everything looks and feels good, you leave the office with your new teeth.
Adjusting to Full Dentures
It does take a little bit of time to adjust to a full denture. It is not uncommon for your dentures to feel awkward at first. You may even experience some pain in your tongue and your jaw as you adjust to keeping the denture in place. There are a few things that you can do to help get used to your dentures faster.
First, when you eat, start with soft foods. Distribute food evenly on both sides of your mouth when you chew to keep pressures even. As you grow more confident with your dentures, you can start to experiment with other foods. Your speech may be affected in the early stages of denture use, but the best way to get used to speaking with them is to practice.
Your dentures require special care every night. Before taking them out, lay a towel down on the counter or fill your sink with water. This will provide a cushion in case your dentures fall. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste. Do not use toothpaste, as it contains abrasives that can cause microscopic scratches on your dentures. Once you have finished brushing your dentures, leave them to soak in a denture cleaning solution while you sleep. Make sure that you brush your gums and your other arch of teeth, as well as your tongue and other intraoral tissues. Taking care of your dentures, as well as the rest of your mouth, is essential for ensuring your dentures function properly and that your mouth remains healthy.
The Benefits of Full Dentures
Dentures provide several benefits, including:
If you have lost an entire arch of teeth, or even all of the teeth in your mouth, full dentures can restore many of the functions of those teeth, giving you back your smile and your quality of life. Call Keith A. Boenning, DDS today at (410) 828-1717 to learn more and schedule your consultation.