April 9, 2015
Every smile has a lifespan, just like every human life. How you care for your smile will greatly impact how long you get to keep your teeth, and most of us will keep most of our teeth for our entire lives. It’s actually kind of incredible!
However, there is a percentage of people who will, at some point, lose their teeth. They won’t just lose one here or there (though that’s how it will begin), but they will actually lose all of their teeth and be left with nothing but gums.
Since ancient times, we have known that we can’t leave someone with no teeth! Dental health professionals have been replacing human teeth with all sorts of other things including animal teeth, teeth from deceased humans, porcelain, ivory, etc. We call them dentures, and believe us when we say that dentures have come a long way!
In fact, we are now placing some of the most comfortable and effective dentures ever created! We offer immediate dentures that can be placed the day you have your final tooth removed, or we can take impressions of your mouth and create custom dentures.
Whichever route you choose, there are some things you can do to help make your denture experience successful. Many patients get dentures without first understanding how dentures work or the many ways that dentures might fail, so we want to make sure that YOU have all the facts before your denture experience begins!
Take the Time for a Great Fit Up Front
The number one mistake we see from patients is that they fail to get a close-fit right from the get-go. Part of this is because patients don’t know how dentures are supposed to feel, but they don’t take the time to learn and come back for adjustments.
In other words, these patients start their denture procedure with poorly-fitted dentures, and those dentures just keep getting worse and worse over time! It can make the entire denture experience nothing short of miserable!
Get Routine Adjustments
Just as that first fitting is important, so is getting routine adjustments! Because your teeth are gone, your jawbone will actually lose mass over time. There is nothing left to anchor it in place. As the bone loses mass, the shape of your jaw and gums will change, which will in turn change the way your dentures fit!
Routine adjustments mean that at your routine appointments, or whenever you feel you dentures getting slippery, you will come in to have your dentures adjusted. We can tighten your dentures so that they fit closely to your gums and give you the support you need.
Keep Your Dentures Clean
It is very easy to not prioritize the cleanliness of your dentures. Maybe you forget to brush, you leave them in overnight, or you don’t take the time to soak them in cleansing solution each night. All of these are serious issues for your mouth, but also for the dentures you’ve invested your money for.
By keeping your dentures clean, you will ensure that they last for many years to come. They won’t smell atrocious, and they will be much more sturdy because there won’t be a bunch of bacteria in there weakening the structure! Plus, it’s much easier to slip a fresh, clean set of dentures in your mouth than it is to put in a stinky, dingy set!
Consider Implant-Supported Dentures
Traditional dentures aren’t for everyone. We have patients all the time who have worn dentures for a few years and just hate them! They’ve never fit well, they are unreliable, and they really aren’t easy to use when you eat! For these patients, and any patient looking into dentures, we recommend implant-supported dentures.
You still have a set of removable dentures, but you will also have a small set of dental implants around the arches of your jaw. We will create a set of dentures that will snap onto your implants, which will hold your teeth in place. You will have a sturdy, strong set of teeth that can eat anything you want, but you’ll still be able to remove them at the end of the day for cleaning and care!
Learn More Today
Wherever you are in the denture journey, we hope that you will consider giving us a call to learn more about how to improve your denture experience. Even if implants are not something you want to consider, we can help you improve the fit of your dentures and give you more tips for healthier living.
Contact us today to set up an appointment or consultation. We would love to see you and your smile very soon!