Living without all or most of your teeth can take a significant toll on the quality of your life. Missing many teeth can make it difficult to speak normally, enjoy the same foods and drinks, and change your appearance.
One of the simplest, most popular, and traditional methods to replace all or most of a patient’s teeth are full or partial dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a tooth replacement option made of plastic. They consist of a soft, bottom portion that resembles a patient’s gums. This portion is topped with a row of natural-looking teeth.
A bottom denture is designed to fit over gums atop the bottom ridge of the mouth. A top denture is held in place by spanning over both the top arch of gums and the roof of the mouth.
Dentures at Aurora Hills Dental
At Aurora Hills Dental, we provide patients with a variety of options when it comes to replacing teeth with dentures, including traditional full and partial dentures in addition to implant-supported dentures.
What To Expect When Getting Dentures
The first step in getting new dentures is a consultation appointment and the possible preparation of your mouth (which may include extracting any few remaining teeth so that your dentures fit comfortably).
Dentures are custom-designed and manufactured specifically for each patient. So, when fitting you for a new set of dentures, we usually take three-dimensional oral impressions of your mouth and dental x-rays to ensure a totally personalized design and a comfortable fit.
Adjusting to and Caring for Your New Dentures
Dentures should be removed each night, brushed with a soft denture brush, and soaked in a denture solution. You should also use a warm, wet washcloth to wipe down your gums. This helps keep gums clean, free from sores, and soothed at the end of the day.
When first fit with a new set of dentures, it can take several weeks before you truly feel comfortable wearing and using them while you eat and speak. If you experience any discomfort, slipping, chafing, or other irritation during this adjustment period, we encourage you to schedule an adjustment appointment with Dr. Zalesky.
Patients with dentures should also be aware that the shape and contours of their mouths and bone structure can change and shift over time. As a result, it is natural for the fit of your dentures to become less secure and comfortable over time, as well. We recommend patients with dentures visit the dentist regularly for a gum health checkup in addition to a denture adjustment to ensure a continuously comfortable fit.
Tooth Replacement and Restorative Dentistry in Aurora
At Aurora Hills Dental, our patients have access to several options for replacing missing teeth and restoring the natural form and function of their smiles. With a variety of dentures available, bridges, and dental implants, Dr. Zalesky can help you determine the restorative treatments that can help you get your smile back.
To learn more about restorative dentistry, dentures, and other tooth replacement options or to schedule a consultation, we welcome you to contact Aurora Hills Dental today.