If you have to have several teeth removed, or are missing several teeth, you obviously want to have a solution in place for replacing them. Thankfully, there are several options available to you to give you back your smile. One popular option is to have dentures created. There are several things to keep in mind when making the decision to get dentures. Here’s what you need to know to be able to make an informed decision, including the numerous benefits of dentures, various types available, and any possible disadvantages.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable artificial teeth that can come in two forms, partials or completes. As the names imply, partial dentures cover only a segment of missing teeth when there are still other natural teeth present in the mouth, while complete dentures cover the entire mouth when there are no more natural teeth left in the mouth. When getting a set of dentures, your dentist will take measurements and molds of your teeth and gums in order to create a comfortable and efficient set of artificial teeth.
Life with Dentures
You’ll be happy to know that there are numerous advantages to dentures. One thing that patients love is how easy they are to clean. Dentures are easily removed, which allows you to easily and thoroughly clean them. They also tend to be more affordable than other tooth replacement options, as most insurance covers dentures. Other procedures (such as dental implants) are often viewed as elective procedures and therefore are not covered by insurance.
Losing numerous teeth can cause the facial muscles to sink or sag, which make patients look older. Thankfully, dentures help facial muscles stay in place and will make your face look just as it did before your teeth were removed.
As for what you can eat and drink, there are no real limitations to what you can consume with dentures. There is an adjustment period to get used to wearing and using them, but most people adjust fairly quickly and are able to eat just as they used to before getting dentures. To start out, we recommend eating easy to chew foods as you get used to your dentures. With time, you can learn to chew harder, more difficult foods.
Do They Last Forever?
While they may not last a lifetime, with proper care your dentures can last you for years to come. The better care you take of them, the longer they will last you. It is possible that your dentures can chip and discolor over time, but there is a lot you can do to make sure your dentures stay in good condition. Be sure to care for your dentures by doing the following things:
- Remove your dentures and rinse them thoroughly after eating.
- Brush your dentures each day using a denture brush and denture cleaner. Do not use regular toothpaste, as it is too harsh and can damage your dentures over time.
- Store your dentures each night in a mild denture cleaner or in warm, but not hot, water. Water that is too hot can cause the dentures to lose their shape. Make sure you rinse off any denture cleaner before placing the dentures back in your mouth.
Adjusting to Your Dentures
Like we mentioned earlier, there is an adjustment period when you first get your dentures. It is common for patients to experience slurred or difficult speech, discomfort, or difficulty eating. You may also have some initial issues dealing with your adhesive paste; some patients complain about the taste of the paste or notice that their dentures seem to fall out of their mouth. This is all completely normal! With some time and patience, you will adjust to your dentures and not experience these issues.
Additionally, thanks to improved technology and updated materials, dentists can now make dentures appear more natural and more comfortable for the patient.
If you have lost several, or all, of your teeth, dentures are a great option for you. They are easy to clean, comfortable to wear, allow you to eat or drink whatever you want, and will restore the look of your face. If you are in the Vancouver, WA area and are considering dentures, please contact us today and schedule an appointment. We will have you smiling again in no time!