Overview of dentures
If you think of dentures as solely a treatment for older people, you should look more closely at what this apparatus can do. Adults of all ages can benefit from these false teeth, as the appliance can correct serious dental issues. If you are missing some or all of your teeth, this treatment is a good option. Also, if our dentist plans to pull many of your teeth due to infection or severe decay, consider this option to replace them. The durable, natural-looking teeth can restore your smile as well.
If you are missing teeth, you understand how embarrassing it can be to meet new people or be in social settings. A toothless smile can make you feel shame and never want to open your mouth. This is no way to live. Our dentist has the training and knowledge to fit you with a solution that meets your needs and helps you feel good about your appearance again.
Call our office today and set up a time when you can speak with our dentist about your options.
This mouth appliance consists of metal false teeth, which are covered in plastic. The teeth are attached to a gum-colored acrylic base that fits over the patient’s gums. This treatment works for patients who are missing multiple teeth or who have lost all of their teeth. Partial and full varieties are available. A patient could choose a permanent apparatus, but most people prefer removable ones. The appliance is designed to look and function like real teeth so the wearer can feel more at ease in everyday activities.
Conditions that lead to this treatment
With good oral hygiene and proper dental care, people can enjoy strong, healthy teeth and gums. Unfortunately, neglect or poor habits can cause decay and infection. When these issues arise, if the person does not go to the dentist soon enough, the conditions can get to the point where the tooth is not salvageable. In this case, the dentist would have to pull the teeth so the bacteria does not spread throughout the mouth. In other situations, the patient may lose the teeth due to an accident or an injury from a hard blow to the face.
Whether the patient already has missing teeth or suspects the dentist needs to pull them, the person will discuss options with the dental staff. The dentist will explain the process of getting dentures as well as possible alternatives such as implants or bridges. The dentist will conduct a thorough examination and will talk about the person’s needs and goals.
Going forward with the treatment
If both the dentist and patient feel positive about getting this apparatus to replace missing or damaged teeth, the dentist will take X-rays of the person’s mouth. The dentist may also extract teeth at this time. Next, the dentist will make a mold of the patient’s mouth and send it to a laboratory where a technician will make the appliance. During this waiting period, the patient’s gums will heal (if teeth were pulled), and the dentist will schedule a subsequent appointment.
Getting the apparatus
Once the appliance is ready, the patient will return to the dental office. The dentist will place the false teeth in the person’s mouth. At this point, the dentist will make sure the fit is right and that the patient is not experiencing discomfort or pain. It will take several days or a few weeks for the person to get used to the appliance. The dentist will make any necessary adjustments to help the patient chew and speak normally.
This treatment offers a durable solution, but it is possible for the apparatus to break. The dentist will check in with the person regularly to see how the appliance is working and whether there are any problems with its form or function. At semiannual appointments, the dentist may make further adjustments. Anytime there are issues with the false teeth, the patient should get in touch with the dental office.
Some versions of the apparatus are permanent. These are anchored to implants and provide a sturdy solution. Many people prefer the removable options because it makes it easy to clean and maintain. Wearers should rinse the teeth and base after eating. It is also important to gently brush them twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste and soak them in a solution during the night. The dentist can recommend an appropriate solution to purchase.
It can be difficult to go through life without teeth. Many people in this situation have anxiety about going out of the house or being around people. It also presents a challenge at mealtime. These false teeth enable the patient to once again enjoy favorite foods. The dentures also help people speak normally and improve the shape of their jaw and face.
In case of problems
While cleaning the teeth, the patient should place a towel on the counter or floor to cushion the blow of a fall. If the wearer notices a tooth breaks, super glue can put it back in place for the short term. There are also in-store products that can temporarily fix this problem. However, the patient should always call the dentist to schedule an appointment to make the repairs. Also, if the base cracks, the patient should not try to fix this on their own. The dentist will examine the dentures and may have to make new ones.
Smile big again
If it has been a long time since you have felt good about smiling or opening your mouth, you need to consult our dentist about getting this treatment. You should not have to feel the shame and embarrassment of having no teeth or a mouthful of decayed teeth. Instead, get dentures so you can eat what you want when you want it and feel happier in social situations. Schedule an appointment with our staff today and begin your treatment. Our dentist is eager to help you achieve your goals.
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