Millions of Americans wear dentures in place of teeth that have been lost due to injury, deteriorated with age and fallen out, or been extracted because of decay or infection. If you are considering wearing dentures to restore the look and function of your smile, gain an overview of denture information before meeting with your dentist.
Types of Dentures:
If most of your teeth are in great shape but a small section of your smile is gapped or damaged, partial dentures can replace those teeth. A partial denture will also promote better dental health for the teeth still remaining in your mouth and prevent them from shifting out of place. Comparatively, a full denture is a set of false teeth that replaces all of the teeth on either your upper or lower jaw.
If your dentist informs you that design and fabrication of your dentures will require several visits over several weeks, this is a good sign. This means that your mouth and jaw will be measured and your bite carefully examined so that a set of dentures can be custom-made for your mouth.
When your dentures are ready and you first put them in your mouth, they are likely to feel strange. You may even experience mild discomfort or temporary speech impediment. Still, it is important to take your dentist’s advice and wear them as directed. Eventually, you will get used to wearing them and enjoy their full benefits. Denture adhesives can be helpful in securing your dentures for a better fit.
Just because dentures are synthetic does not mean they don’t require regular care. Your dentures and your gums still need to be brushed on a daily basis, and you should soak your dentures in a dentist-recommended denture cleanser every night.
Are you interested in a new set of dentures or need your current set adjusted? If so, Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. can help. To arrange a consultation to discuss dentures and whether they are right for you, call our Manhattan office at (212) 661-0949.