While teeth are designed to last a lifetime, not all of us are fortunate enough of to retain our natural smile as we age. Just because you’ve lost permanent teeth, doesn’t mean you can’t have a confident smile to grow old with. Dentures are an excellent, time-tested solution to replace a full arch of missing teeth. Here are five quick facts to understand about dentures to get the most out of your restorative dentistry investment:
#1 Dentures Can Look Natural
Don’t assume everyone will know you have fake teeth. Modern denture models are remarkably like real teeth in color, translucency and shape. We can customize your dentures to recreate the smile you once had, or create the one you’ve always wanted!
#2 Dentures Can Be Worn Over Implants
Adding implants to your denture therapy can give you much greater stability and comfort in your new smile. Not everyone is a candidate, but if you are, as few as two or four implants may be all that you need to anchor a full arch of prosthetic teeth in place.
#3 You’ll Still Need to See a Dentist Regularly
Just because you are no longer caring for real teeth, doesn’t mean you can cancel your future dental appointments. As time goes by, your jaw bone will change. This can alter the fit of your denture and cause it to need adjustment or reline. You’ve still got a mouth full of gums that also need to be taken care of – as untreated gum disease can compromise the health of your entire body.
#4 Don’t Sleep in Your False Teeth!
Sleeping in your traditional denture can predispose you to oral infections and accelerated bone loss. This can lead to health complications and ill-fitting dentures.
#5 Clean Your Denture Daily
Use a soft denture brush and tap water or a denture cleanser to loosen and remove debris. Your denture can get tartar buildup just like real teeth. Bring your arch of prosthetic teeth with you to your annual dental checkups to have it professionally polished and inspected.
At Hollon Dental, we can show you how to feel great about wearing your dentures. Contact us in Mobile today!