Those with missing teeth may choose or require replacements that are not permanently affixed within the mouth. These are called dentures and may be full, replacing all of the teeth, or partial, when only some of the teeth need replacement.
Loss of a group of teeth due to injury, extensive decay, or gum disease may lead to the application of a partial denture. This denture will be fitted so that it clips onto the teeth on each side of the gap left by the missing teeth. Dr. Schmidt will evaluate the area, extract any necessary teeth and, after healing, take measurements or molds to create the partial denture. Once created, it should be easy to insert and remove and should be as durable as natural teeth.
In the event that most or all of the teeth are lost or extracted due to extensive decay, disease, or gum disease, a full removable denture may be recommended. Without dentures, the facial features will sag, giving you an older appearance. The lack of teeth will impact your ability to eat a variety of foods and to speak clearly. Dentures will fill out your facial structure, improving your aesthetic appearance and smile. You will also be able to eat more foods for a nutritionally sound diet and your speech will be clearer and more understandable.
If full dentures are required, any remaining teeth must be removed before the denture can be applied. The tissues must heal after this removal process and can take several months. In some cases, dentures are immediately offered, but they must be fitted and refitted as healing occurs. Getting used to dentures may take a few weeks and they may feel loose at first. Your gums and cheeks must get used to the new sensation. You may produce excess saliva during this time. When you adjust to the dentures, these problems should subside.
Dr. Schmidt will see you periodically as you get used to your dentures. These visits are to check the fit of the appliances and to make sure that if there are problems, adjustments are made. Make sure to contact Dr. Schmidt right away if you have irritation or soreness so that your dentures can be adjusted before the gums are compromised.
Whether you have been provided with full or partial dentures, daily oral hygiene must continue. When you take your dentures out, brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth to make sure these areas are clean. Rinse and brush your dentures with a non-abrasive cleanser made for dentures so that no food or debris remains in them. Your dentures should be covered with water in a container when not being used. If left dry, they will warp and will not fit properly.
There are several adhesives on the market to hold dentures in place. It is your choice whether or not to try them. Just make sure they have the ADA seal of approval before using them. This seal means that the product has been checked for safety.
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