When you’re missing some or all of your teeth, there are several methods for replacing them. Your dentist will discuss your options with you and help you decide the best plan for you. In the event you are missing all of your natural teeth, a complete removable denture is often the recommended way to replace them. On the other hand, when only a few teeth are missing, your dentist will make semi denture that will take support from your existing teeth.
Replacing missing teeth benefits both your health and your appearance. It improves speaking and eating, improves your smile and, especially in the case of a complete denture, helps support your facial muscles, providing a more youthful appearance.
When you have been fitted with a new denture, there is a period of adjustment when it is especially important to visit your dentist so that he or she may make minor modifications until your denture fits comfortably. It is also important to visit your dentist periodically during the lifetime of your denture to ensure it continues to fit properly and adjustments are made as soon as they are needed. It is natural for the bone and tissue beneath the denture to change over time, so periodic adjustments will allow a continued good fit and protect the health of the underlying bone and tissue.
Plaque will form on your denture and food can get trapped between the denture and your gum tissue. After each meal, remove your dentures and, using a soft toothbrush, brush your gums, your tongue, and all sides of the denture.
Here are a few helpful hints about caring for your dentures:
- Dentures are fragile and can break if dropped. It is a good idea to clean your dentures over a sink filled with a few inches of water, or a folded towel laid over the counter top.
- Dentures may warp if they dry out. When your denture is not in your mouth, be sure to store it in a denture bath filled with denture cleaner or water.
- Denture adhesive may be used to assist the retention of your denture, but should not be used with a poorly fitting denture.
- Poorly fitting dentures should be relined or replaced.
Too many people who have conventional dentures don’t wear them for the simple fact that they don’t stay in place. Dental implants offer a way to keep dentures in place and allow you to go about your daily life with confidence.
The use of dental implants to stabilize dentures has proven to be successful for many people. The number continues to grow as word spreads about the effectiveness and long-term durability of the treatment. In fact, it has been reported that dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
Millions of people around the world are missing enough teeth to require the use of a denture. Many of them struggle to keep their dentures secure, particularly in the lower jaw. If you have this problem, you already know about the embarrassment of slipping dentures, not being able to eat the foods that you love and the ineffectiveness of denture adhesives. Fortunately, there is a way to make your denture work the way it was intended: stabilize it with dental implants.
Benefits of denture stabilization
- Restores proper chewing, allowing a better diet and improved health
- Improves speech and confidence
- Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue
- Ends the cost and inconvenience of denture adhesives
- Often can utilize your existing denture
- Minimally invasive procedure