If you’re missing just a couple teeth, you may opt for a replacement option such as a bridge or implant. However, if you’re missing a lot of teeth – like an entire row – then these options may not be feasible, especially in terms of price. That’s why many people opt for dentures.
Dentures are essentially removable teeth. You can put them in and take them out when needed, such as at night. Dentures may not be as good as natural teeth, but they do look realistic, and technology has made them more comfortable, so they’re not like your grandparents’ dentures.
You can choose from full or partial dentures. The staff at Family Dental Westborough can help you determine the best option for you. Give us a call today at (508) 366-7450 to learn more.
Types of Dentures
There are three main types of dentures. Your dentist will determine which is best for you.
- Conventional Full Denture. Most people opt for conventional full dentures. The denture is placed in your mouth after all the teeth are removed. There is a healing process involved, so expect to be without teeth for several months.
- Immediate Full Denture. Immediate full dentures are convenient because as the name implies, they are ready right away. As soon as your teeth are removed, it will be placed in your mouth. However, the healing process can cause the jawbone to change shape, so your denture will need to be adjusted and relined at a later date.
- Partial Denture. A partial denture uses a metal framework to attach to your natural teeth. Partial dentures are like bridges, but the difference is they can be removed. In some cases, crowns may be required to strengthen the denture and keep it in place.
Getting Used to Dentures
Dentures are not fixed in the mouth. It is not uncommon for them to move around a little, which can be awkward at first. It can take a few months to get used to them. They can feel bulky and loose as your mouth muscles hold your dentures in place. Some people experience excessive saliva flow and soreness, but this is normal.
You will need to practice speaking and eating comfortably. Eating without discomfort will take some practice. Start with soft foods and smaller pieces. Do not rush; chew slowly. At first, you should avoid hard foods, as well as bones and shells. You should also avoid sticky foods, like taffy and gum.
Keep in mind that dentures will not last forever. They can last 5-8 years with proper care. However, due to normal wear, they will need to be adjusted, relined or rebased over time. Plan to get your dentures adjusted every year. The mouth changes as we age, so it is not uncommon for dentures to loosen. If not tightened, they can cause sores and making eating difficult.
Caring for Your Dentures
Compared to natural teeth, dentures require extra care. Follow these tips so they can last as long as possible:
- Be careful with your dentures. They are delicate, so handle with care. It’s a good idea to stand over water or a towel when handling them in case you drop them.
- Keep dentures moist at all times. Avoid letting them dry out or soaking them in hot water, as this can cause them to warp. When not in use, soak them in plain water or a denture cleanser.
- Brush your dentures daily, like you would your natural teeth. This will keep them white while removing food and other debris.
- Brush your mouth before inserting your dentures. By brushing your gums and tongue every morning, you help remove plaque.
- Let your dentist know if your dentures need to be repaired or adjusted. If your dentures break or crack, don’t try to fix them yourself. Instead, have your dentist look at them. Adjustments should also be handled by a dentist, as dentures are prone to breakage.
Schedule A Consultation Today
Contact Family Dental of Westborough to schedule your consultation. Our friendly staff would be delighted to assist you and your family.
Call (508) 366-7450 or book an appointment online. Most major insurances are accepted and new patients are welcome. We look forward to meeting you.