Are Dentures Right For You?
There are several important functions that your teeth serve. They help you to be able to bite into food and thoroughly chew it, which helps to get the digestive process started. Your teeth control airflow and help you be able to make certain sounds when you are speaking. They serve an aesthetic purpose as well since your smile is frequently the first thing that is noticed about you. These functions are affected whenever you lose teeth.
We here at Family Dentistry of South Florida help you take good care of your mouth, and that makes it possible for your mouth to take good care of you as well. If you have lost a tooth, we can provide partial or full dentures to you to restore your mouth function.
What Causes Tooth Loss?
Tooth loss is most commonly caused by gum disease. Frequently this preventable disease is caused by poor oral hygiene. Early stages can often be easily reversed, but professional intervention is required by more advanced stages. If gum disease is not treated, which often starts with swollen, red gums, bacteria will start traveling under the gum line and begin to infect your teeth and bone. The bone weakens and your gums recede, and this results in your teeth loosening. They fall out, eventually.
Other less common things that can cause tooth loss include facial trauma, osteoporosis, and pregnancy hormones.
What are Dentures?
They are prosthetic removal teeth that are designed to act and look like your natural teeth. There is a gum-colored plastic base that your gums support and on top of the base are the acrylic resin teeth. They may be used for replacing sections of any missing teeth that are in between healthy ones or to replace an entire arch of upper or lower missing teeth.
These are intended to replace a whole arch of unsalvageable, or missing, teeth. If there are any unhealthy teeth in the arch still, they will need to be extracted first, which will help with preventing infection. Molds of your mouth are made in order to create a comfortable, custom fit.
This type of denture is designed to replace sections of missing teeth that are in between your healthy teeth. If you have any healthy teeth remaining, you don't need to eliminate them. However, if there isn't anything in those empty space, then you could end up with food stuck, and that increases your risk of getting gum disease, or it could result in your healthy teeth and shifting their position, and that can throw your bite off and results in other issues as well. A partial, like full dentures, which is made out of a mold inside your mouth. Your gums support the denture, but this is an additional security metal. There are also metal clasps that attach wires onto the denture.
Benefits of Dentures
There are many benefits that come with getting fit with the right dentures:
- You get a beautiful, full smile
- They prevent your facial muscles from starting to sag and cheeks from sinking in, to restore some of your youthful appearance.
- It improves your speech.
- You can eat all of your favorite foods again.
How To Care For Your Dentures
Some extra care is required by dentures. First of all, you should remove them every night. This helps you to clean them properly and gives your gums a rest and enables proper blood flow, to bring important nutrients and oxygen to your tissues. You should use a soft bristled brush to brush your dentures with. However, you should avoid using toothpaste, since that can result in microscopic scratches which provides bacteria with a home. Soak your dentures overnight in a denture solution. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your gums as well to eliminate any lingering bacteria. For any healthy remaining teeth that you have, care for them as you normally would, and brush and floss them to keep bacteria in check. All of this helps to ensure that your mouth stays healthy and your dentures will last a long time.
Dentures allow you to perform all of the necessary functions once again that your natural teeth do. If you have lost any teeth, please call us to learn more about how dentures or our other restorative services can help you and get your appointment scheduled.
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