Dentures are dental devices worn against the surface of your gums. They work to replace missing teeth and help restore the stability of your bite. There are two primary types of dentures: full and partial.
Full dentures replace all your upper or lower teeth. The individual false teeth in a full set of dentures are crafted to look like natural teeth, with slight variations in color and shape.
As the name implies, partial dentures replace some of your teeth. They are designed to fit around your healthy natural teeth and are a good option for people who want to restore their smile without pulling healthy teeth to make room for full dentures.
During your consultation, Dr. Grotz examines your teeth and gathers imaging to further shape your treatment plan. You can discuss the pros and cons of all tooth replacement options, including dental implants.
Many people choose dentures over other tooth replacement options because they are an affordable choice. It’s important to understand, however, that even the best set of dentures will eventually need to be replaced or repaired. Factor those expenses into your long-term planning when comparing the cost of dentures.
Missing teeth change the way your upper and lower teeth fit together when you bite down. This can place undue pressure on your remaining natural teeth, which can lead to damage or loose teeth.
Gaps in your smile can also make it hard to enjoy a varied and healthy diet. Many people find themselves avoiding hard or chewy foods like meat, nuts, seeds, and crunchy fruits and vegetables. Dentures allow you to eat all types of food, which is important for overall health.
Even your speech can be affected by missing teeth. You can find yourself avoiding social interactions because you feel embarrassed about these speech issues. Dentures fill the gaps in your smile, allowing you to speak normally.
When your new dentures arrive, you’ll learn how to take great care of them. Even though dentures are not subject to delay, they still need to be thoroughly brushed each day to remove food particles and plaque.
You should avoid chewing ice or biting down on hard, non-food items to prevent damaging your new dentures. If you are going to be removing them for lengthy periods of time, it’s important to store them in the provided case and soak them in water.
Modern dentures don’t need to be secured in place with denture adhesive. If you notice areas of discomfort where the denture is rubbing against your gum tissue, let Dr. Grotz know. He can make minor adjustments to make your dentures more comfortable.
Book a consultation today to learn more about dentures and other tooth replacement options. Online booking is fast and convenient, and you’re also welcome to call the office to check appointment availability.