Tooth loss has a major impact on every aspect of your life. Every function that your mouth performs becomes increasingly more difficult with the more teeth that you lose. Biting and chewing food becomes near impossible. Your speech suffers, and you become more difficult to understand.
Your once beautiful smile is diminished. Your confidence may soon follow. Eventually, you may find yourself hiding your smile, or refusing to smile at all. At Crossroads Family Dental we can help to restore the functions of your mouth by replacing an arch of missing teeth with full dentures.
What are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are a removable prosthetic device designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. They can be made for upper teeth, lower teeth, or even both arches if you are missing all of the teeth in your mouth. They consist of acrylic resin teeth that are set into an acrylic gum-colored base. The base sits directly on your gums, and are held in place only by suction. Your gums provide the support your dentures need to function properly.
How are Full Dentures Placed?
Your full dentures typically take two visits to place. During your first visit, we remove any remaining unhealthy teeth. Once the teeth have been removed, we take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are taken to ensure that your new dentures fit perfectly within your mouth. They are sent to a lab, where your custom dentures are designed and fabricated. Temporary dentures are provided so that you can regain some of the functions of your teeth while you wait.
Once your full dentures are ready, you will return for your second visit. During this visit, your dentures are checked for fit. If you have undergone tooth extractions, your gums may still be sensitive, so tissue conditioners may be used while the tissue continues to heal. You then leave the office with a set of fully functional, natural-looking teeth that can do everything your natural teeth once did.
Do Full Dentures Require Special Care?
Dentures do require a bit of extra daily care. They will need to be removed every night for cleaning and left out while you sleep. When you are ready to clean them, it is important to lay a towel on the counter or fill the sink with water. This will provide a cushion in case you accidentally drop your new teeth. After you take your dentures out, brush them with a soft bristled brush and either denture paste or soap and water. Do not use toothpaste, as they contain abrasives that can leave microscopic scratches in your dentures. After brushing, set your dentures into a glass of denture cleaning solution. Brush any remaining teeth, your gums, and your tongue. When you wake up in the morning, brush your teeth and gums again, rinse your dentures, and set them into place.
The Benefits of Full Dentures
There are several benefits associated with dentures, including:
||You can eat all of your favorite foods once again
||Your speech is restored
||Your smile is improved
||You regain your confidence
If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, full dentures can restore the functions of your mouth, your smile, and your quality of life. Call Crossroads Family Dental today at (219) 440-2950 to schedule your consultation and find out if full dentures are right for you.