You know dentures are in your future but you’re unsure what the process looks like. Or maybe you’re curious about the benefits of dentures. If you’ve ever wondered how to keep your mouth healthy with dentures, or what options you have when it comes to dentures, you’re in the right place! Anderson & Atkins Dentistry is here to answer your questions about dentures. We want you to be informed and confident as you take this next dental step.
Q1: What are dentures?
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth. Every denture is custom-made to closely resemble your previous teeth and fit correctly in your mouth.
Q2: Why would I need dentures?
If you have lost all, or some, of your teeth as a result of gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, dentures will not only restore your smile but allow you to continue to talk and eat normally.
Q3: What types of dentures are available?
Conventional dentures are a full set of teeth that adhere to your gums once previous teeth are removed and the gum tissue has healed. You may be without teeth for several months while healing takes place. With conventional dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. Immediate full dentures are inserted immediately after your natural teeth are removed. While you are never without teeth, you will need to visit your dentist regularly to adjust and correct alignment until healing is complete. Partial dentures are also removable. They sit on a metal framework and are designed to fit alongside remaining teeth. At Anderson & Atkins, we are pleased to offer dental implants that can replace missing teeth comfortably and permanently.
Q4: What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures have both cosmetic and health benefits. When all of your teeth are missing, your facial muscles can sag. You can prevent this from happening and maintain your appearance and profile with dentures. Many people take their teeth for granted when it comes to eating and speaking. Dentures will help you eat the foods you normally eat and continue speaking correctly. Dental implants can even prevent structural bone and soft tissue in your mouth from shrinking.
Q5: Are dentures uncomfortable?
At Anderson & Atkins Dentistry, we work to ensure your dentures fit correctly and do not cause any discomfort. A good fit guarantees your new teeth to function effectively and look natural. However, as you grow accustomed to your dentures, you may experience some soreness in your cheeks and gums. Your saliva may temporarily increase, and you may notice some irritation while the muscles in your mouth learn to support your dentures. After a few weeks, the sensitivity should go away.
Q6: How do I clean dentures?
It is very important to keep your mouth and your dentures clean. You will be instructed to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush every surface of your dentures after removing them. You should also brush your gums, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth before you insert your dentures and after you remove them. It is important to remove plaque from both your dentures and mouth to reduce irritation and promote circulation. When you are not wearing your dentures, the best practice is to keep them submerged in water to prevent warping.
Dentures don’t have to be scary. They can be the best thing for your oral health and your self-confidence. If you’re a resident of Bryan/College Station, ready to discover what type of denture is right for you, schedule an appointment at Anderson & Atkins, DDS today. Our team is here to answer any other question you may have and help make this transition seamless.