Dentures are prosthetic devices custom fabricated to replace missing teeth. Traditional dentures are removable, but there are many different denture designs, some that rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. To ensure that dentures fit properly and comfortably, Dr. Sholudko begins by taking impressions of your mouth.
Dentures come in two main types:
Is replacing missing teeth just a matter of aesthetics?
Not at all. True, gaps left by missing teeth make most people self-conscious about smiling. But that's not the only reason to opt for dentures. Missing teeth interfere with chewing and speaking. Dentures also fill out your face and prevent the sagging of facial muscles that happen when you lose teeth. Thanks to modern materials and technology, today's dentures can be hard to distinguish from your natural teeth.
For most patients, dentures feel a bit awkward at first. But after a short period, they should become quite comfortable. Chewing and speaking with dentures may take a little practice. It's not uncommon to experience a heavy or loose feeling, as the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. Excessive saliva flow, the feeling that your tongue is too large for your mouth, along with, minor irritation are common too. But again, all of these issues are short-lived.
Yes. Even if you wear dentures, dental hygiene is important. You will need to brush your gums, tongue, and the roof. This prevents the growth of bacteria to a minimum and enhances your circulation. Your dentures require brushing, as well. Use a soft brush every day to keep them clean and prevent staining. When you remove your dentures, they should be kept them covered with water to prevent warping.
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