Over 20 million Americans wear dentures today. Whether you’ve lost your teeth from gum disease, trauma, or tooth decay, dentures can improve your oral health and your appearance. With a prosthodontist in office, Masters Dental Group of San Antonio, Texas offers a wide range of customizability in terms of color and tooth arrangement for your dream smile. Call today or schedule an appointment online to receive your consultation.
Dentures are removable appliances that help restore your smile by replacing missing teeth. Masters Dental Group typically recommends dentures to patients under two circumstances: if you are suffering from periodontal disease (gingivitis), or if you have extensive dental cavities. Gingivitis causes extensive bone loss in your jaw, which leads to loose teeth that can’t be saved. In the case of dental cavities, the decay on your teeth is so severe that they must be extracted for your health.
Depending on your condition and the current state of your teeth, a few different denture options are available:
Losing all your teeth causes your facial muscles to sag, giving you an older appearance. Dentures help to fill out your facial features and can be made to resemble your natural smile so your appearance doesn’t change much.
Not only do they boost your appearance and allow you to chew your food with ease again, dentures help you speak easier -- something you wouldn’t think would be hard to do without teeth.
Practicing good dental hygiene is a necessity, even if you wear a full set of dentures. It’s important to brush your gums, tongue, and even the roof of your mouth every morning before inserting your dentures. Doing this helps to stimulate some circulation in your tissues and helps to remove unwanted plaque.
Caring for dentures is like caring for your natural teeth. You should brush your dentures daily to remove food particles and plaque, and to help prevent them from staining. Use a soft toothbrush so you don’t scratch the surface of your dentures and don’t forget to clean your mouth thoroughly. This includes your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth, and tongue to remove any plaque and reduce the risk of oral irritation or bad breath. Lastly, when you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in a safe place covered in water to keep them from becoming disfigured.
It’s normal for your new dentures to feel awkward for a few weeks while your cheek muscles and tongue learn to keep them in place. It’s not unusual to experience minor irritation and soreness at first. You might also notice an increase of saliva flow too.
As your mouth becomes accustomed to your new dentures, these minor issues should go away over time. Masters Dental Group recommends scheduling follow up appointments so the fit of your dentures can be checked and adjusted if necessary. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and make sure you leave their office feeling your best. Call or schedule an appointment online to see if dentures are the right option for you.