Thanks to modern technology, you don’t have to say goodbye to a nice smile if you end up losing some or all of your teeth. Dentures can help you replace your missing teeth in a way that is convenient, cost-effective and unobtrusive. Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers denture options that are more natural looking and comfortable than ever before.
What are Dentures?
In full dentures, an acrylic base that is flesh-colored fits over the gums. The upper denture’s base covers your mouth’s roof, also known as the palate. Meanwhile, your lower denture covers your lower gums and is designed to look like a horseshoe in order to accommodate the tongue. These prosthetic devices are specially made for your mouth. Impressions are taken of the mouth and are used to fabricate your custom replacement teeth in a lab.
Getting Used to Dentures
When you first wear these devices, you may feel a little uncomfortable and awkward. It may take a few months to get used to speaking and eating with them as your tongue and your cheek’s muscles must become accustomed to holding them in place. It is common for new denture wearers to experience extra saliva flow, minor soreness and irritation, or feeling as though their tongues lack adequate room.
Care Tips for Dentures
A few steps can help you take care of your dentures. Farmington Hills dental professionals will advise you to brush them each day in order to remove plaque and food deposits as well as to keep them from developing stains. Also, be careful when handling them, as they can break if you drop them. Note that over time, your prosthetic device must be rebased, relined or remade as a result of normal wear. With rebasing, your device will receive a brand new base, but your existing prosthetic device teeth will remain the same.
It is also important to note that your mouth naturally changes as you age, so your prosthetic device may become loose, thus making it harder to chew food. However, the professionals at Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic and Family Dentistry can easily check your replacement teeth each year and make the necessary adjustments to keep them fitting properly.