Dentures and Partials
You can lose your teeth for many different reasons. Some of the most common include facial trauma and gum disease. No matter how you lose your teeth, your whole life is affected.
Basic functions like eating and speaking become significantly more challenging. Your smile is impacted and your facial appearance is altered. When you suffer tooth loss, it is important that you have those missing teeth replaced right away. State Street Dental restorative dentistry techniques can replace missing teeth with dentures and partials.
Dentures for Tooth Loss Dentures are a traditional solution used to replace missing teeth. It is a solution that has been used for hundreds of years. They are a removable prosthesis that is made from impressions of your mouth. These impressions are taken following the extraction of any unhealthy teeth that might still be remaining in your jaw.
Modern dentures consist of acrylic resin or ceramic teeth that are set into an acrylic base. The base is designed to use your gums for support. It is also made to match the exact color of your gums. The teeth and the base are made to provide you with a much more realistic restoration to your smile, in addition to restoring the functions of your mouth.
Dentures Vs PartialsWhen most people think about dentures, they think about a solution used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. These types of dentures are what are known as full or complete dentures. Partial dentures, or partials, are a type of denture used to replace a section of missing teeth, when the rest of the teeth in the affected arch are perfectly healthy.
With partials, we are able to avoid the need to unnecessarily extract perfectly healthy teeth. Like full dentures, partials consist of acrylic resin or porcelain teeth set into an acrylic base. They also have metal clasps, which help to provide additional stability.
Adjusting to Life with DenturesIt will take some time to get used to your new dentures. There are a few things that you can do to help speed up the process and acclimate faster. At first, they may feel a bit awkward or uncomfortable, but this discomfort should disappear over time. If your dentures continue to feel painful, however, schedule an appointment right away.
You may find eating and speaking a bit strange at first. When you eat, stick with soft, easy to chew foods at first. Distribute food evenly on both sides of your mouth to keep the pressure even. As you acclimate to your new dentures, you can begin reintroducing many of your favorite foods back into your diet. Speaking with dentures will simply take practice as you grow accustomed to the restoration in your mouth.
Caring for Your Replacement TeethYour dentures, regardless of whether they are full or partial, require care every single night. Each night, they should be removed to be cleaned and left out while you sleep. After removing your dentures, they should be brushed with a soft bristled toothbrush and denture paste or soap and water.
Do not use toothpaste on your dentures, as it can cause microscopic scratches that can then harbor bacteria. Once you have finished cleaning your dentures, they should be placed in a glass of water or denture cleaning solution and left in a safe location. Do not forget to brush your natural teeth as well as your gums. In the morning, after your oral hygiene routine, rinse your dentures and set them into place.
Dentures and partials both restore the functions of your missing teeth, improving your smile and your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call State Street Dental today at (503) 363-8625.