FAIRVIEW DENTAL SERVICES

Dentures

Dentures are a great treatment option for those patients who are missing teeth in their mouth. Many patients choose them as a replacement option because they are versatile and they do not require any type of surgical procedure such as dental implants. There are two main types of dentures available, which include partials and complete. A partial is one that will only replace a couple or few of your teeth whereas a complete denture replaces all of your teeth that are missing.

When it comes to the type of denture material to use, you will find that you do have a couple of options available to you. A Valplast denture is one of the most popular options and it is made from a flexible acrylic material. Many people like this option because it is easy on the mouth and does not cause as much discomfort as other options. You will find that the acrylic moves very easily and is not stubborn or hard. The second type of denture is a metal framed denture that sits in your mouth. This option is still comfortable, but it is not as moveable as the acrylic.

You will find that the temperature of drinks and food do affect you and each type of denture will provide you with comfort while you eat and drink. Sometimes, metal dentures do need to be adjusted later on down the road, so do bear this in mind.

Why You Should Choose Dentures

If you are missing your teeth, you may want to replace them with something that looks aesthetically pleasing. Dentures are a wonderful option for those patients who cannot have dental implants. Sometimes, you may not want to replace your missing teeth because you fear your options, but don’t let this hold you back.

The reason you want to make sure you replaced your teeth is because if you do not, you will start to notice facial structure changes, especially as the bone is lost over time. You will notice your face sags and your mouth may droop. To prevent this from happening, you need to have dentures in place.

If you do have dentures, your face will not change in shape and you will be able to keep your same facial structure. In addition, Dr. Luu wants you to know that dentures will allow you to smile out in public with confidence.

Conventional and Immediate Dentures Are Available

When it comes to dentures, you have two main options available for you to choose from. Your two choices include conventional and immediate dentures. Immediate dentures are placed into your mouth the moment your teeth are extracted. Many people who are in a social position find that this is the right choice for them. You do not have to wait for your gums to heal to receive this option. If you do choose this option, you will need to make sure that you have your dentures adjusted on an occasional basis as bone loss will occur and your mouth will shift over time. Once the healing time has been reached, you will no longer have to have your dentures adjusted.

Conventional dentures are designed to be removable and they are placed in your mouth once your gums are completely healed after tooth extraction. This can take a bit of time and is not always the right choice for every patient. You will not have any teeth while you wait for the healing period to be over. Once your jaw bone has shrunk and is completely healed, you will have the conventional dentures placed into your mouth.

What to Expect from My Dentures?

When you place dentures into your mouth for the first time, you will find that they are uncomfortable. It does take time to get used to them and you need to wear them as instructed by Dr. Luu to ensure that your mouth adapts to them. You will also need to take time to practice speaking and eating while they are in your mouth.

Sometimes, patients will experience an odd sensation when they try to talk for the first couple of times. This is because your tongue will press on the dentures, but over time, this will go away and the dentures will feel natural in your mouth.

You may have some soreness and irritation for the first couple of days and it is all normal. You should not panic, but if for some reason your irritation does not go away, you will need to call our Brentwood office.

It is not uncommon for you to have to come in for follow up visits with Dr. Luu. At these follow ups, Dr. Luu will look over your dentures to make sure that they fit appropriately and do not need to be fitted.

/ How to Take Care of Your New Dentures

Dentures are not considered to be real teeth, but this does not mean that they do not need to be cared for. In fact, you still need to keep up a good oral hygiene routine or your dentures will present problems later on down the road. In fact, some of the issues your dentures face include them becoming stained or warped.

It is important that you floss and brush your dentures twice per day and you make sure to handle them with care. You should treat them with care and Dr. Luu has some tips below to help you out.

1. You should rinse off your dentures with warm water after you eat or drink anything. Once the debris is removed from the dentures, you can brush them lightly with a toothbrush to remove any additional food particles that may be stuck in them.

2. After you have brushed your dentures, rinse them off again and place them into a solution. You will need to remove them from the solution after the instructed time and dry them off.

/ Schedule Your Dentures Consultation with Us Today

If you would like to discuss dentures with Dr. Luu, now is the time to contact our Brentwood office. We offer convenient appointments that work with your schedule. Call us today to setup a FREE consultation with Dr. Luu today.