Life with a large amount of missing teeth can be very uncomfortable. Simple everyday activities such as talking and eating can become very difficult. It can also leave people feeling very self-conscious about social situations. Health-wise, numerous missing teeth can lead to atrophy of the jaw, which in itself can lead to even more missing teeth. In this case, a set of full dentures in Meriden can help a patient restore their smile and function normally once again.
Dentures are a set of prosthetic teeth that are attached to a gum colored base, and they are typically used to help a patient restore numerous missing or damaged teeth. Unlike partial dentures, full dentures are able to replace an entire arch of teeth. They can fit into the mouth in a variety of ways, using natural suction, denture adhesive, or even dental implants to stay in place. They not only can help a patient talk and eat normally, but also help maintain their appearance and give them their smile back.
The first step to getting your full denture is to make an appointment with your dentist in Meriden at Meriden Dental Group. Dr. Chimmiri will examine your mouth and jaw and determine if a set of full dentures is the best solution for you. Once that has been decided, he may need to extract any remaining teeth in order to better accommodate the dentures. After you have healed, the process to make your dentures involves 4 basic steps:
The entire process is usually accomplished over the course of a few weeks with multiple visits. This will assure that your dentures are comfortable and make you feel confident.
You will be advised to wear your dentures for 24 hours a day for the first couple of weeks. This will help your gums conform to them, as well as help you get used to using them. Your dentures may feel loose initially, so a bit of dental adhesive can help this. Tasks such as talking and eating will require some practice. You can try reading out loud every night to get used to speaking with your dentures, and limit your diet to softer foods in order to learn how to eat with them.
While you might experience some minor irritation at first, you should make an appointment immediately if you feel any lasting pain. After the adjustment process, the dentures should feel very natural and enable you to go throughout the day without thinking about them. The only care they require is a cleaning similar to brushing your teeth. Be sure you use a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste specifically made for dentures.
Are you thinking about investing in dentures? You have much to look forward to! However, before you contact us to request a consultation, you may have questions about this treatment and what to expect from it. That is why we have put together the following brief list of FAQs. If you would like further explanation on anything you read here, you are welcome to reach out to us directly.
It is important that your dentures stay moist. If they dry out, they could develop cracks or lose their shape. Therefore, when you are not wearing them, you should place them in water or in a specialized denture-soaking solution. Never place them in hot water because doing so could damage them; it is best to use room-temperature water. Also, avoid the use of bleach or other harsh cleaning chemicals.
After the initial adjustment period, you should refrain from wearing your prosthetic overnight. Removing your teeth at bedtime gives your gums a chance to rest and can help to prevent sores and bacterial accumulation. Also, since your mouth tends to be dryer while you are asleep, taking your dentures out at night can prevent them from losing all their moisture and suffering damage as a result. In general, you should spend at least 5 or 6 hours without your denture in your mouth each night.
When you are first getting used to your dentures, your gums may be sore simply because your prosthetic is a foreign object in your mouth, and it is putting pressure on your gums. After you adjust to them, however, they should be quite comfortable. If they ever do begin to irritate your gums, that is a sign that they no longer fit well or that they have suffered damage. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist so your dentures can be relined (adjusted) or repaired.
With proper care, a full denture typically lasts for 5 – 8 years before it needs to be replaced. That is not because the denture itself wears out. It is because the jaw changes shape over time, so there will come a point where it is no longer possible to adjust the dentures so they fit well. If you are interested in a longer-lasting tooth replacement solution, ask your dentist about dental implants. Dental implants act as prosthetic tooth roots and help to prevent changes to the jawbone. They have the potential to last a lifetime, and the dentures they support can last for well over a decade.
If you are curious about what a set of full-dentures could do for you, please give us a call today. We want to help restore your smile and confidence, so please don’t wait to come see us.