High Quality Dentures in Montgomery
Substantial tooth loss can take a toll on your quality of life -- but only if you do not seek an effective tooth replacement promptly. With high quality dentures in Montgomery, Dr. Geoffrey A. Iverson can complete your smile to help you get your bite back! Keep reading to learn about the denture basics.
What Is a Denture?
A denture is a removable set of prosthetic teeth, usually affixed into a plastic base that looks like your gum tissue. Dentures are custom-fitted to your unique oral anatomy. They can be full or partial, according to your smile needs.
- Full (complete) denture: Shaped like a U, a full denture replaces all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It is secured in your mouth using natural suction and/or a denture cream for added security.
- Partial denture: Fits in with your natural teeth like a missing puzzle piece. A partial is held in place with clips or brackets that are attached to the remaining teeth.
Getting Used to Dentures
You may need some time to fully adjust to your denture, especially if you have gone for a while with missing teeth. It is important that you wear your denture as directed, even if it feels bulky or uncomfortable at first. Perseverance is the key to denture success!
When you eat your first meals with a new denture, make sure to take small bites and chew slowly. Do not take your denture out to eat. You can practice reading or singing out loud to get used to speaking with your new teeth.
Most denture wearers experience excessive saliva production in the first couple of weeks with their prosthetic. Don’t worry, that’s just your mouth adjusting to the new teeth -- it should subside soon.
With proper maintenance, your denture can last 5 to 7 years before it will need to be replaced. Natural wear and tear will take a toll, and your jaw will also gradually change its shape due to the missing teeth.
Make sure you brush your denture with a mild hand soap or denture cleanser at least once a day, and let it soak overnight in water or a denture solution. Do not expose your denture to excessively hot temperatures, as they may cause it to warp or lost its fit.
Brush your gums and any remaining teeth after each meal. Notify your dentist in Montgomery if you begin to notice your denture becoming loose, uncomfortable, or if you’re developing sores in your gums or cheeks. A refitting may be necessary.
Additional tips for denture maintenance include:
- Lay a towel on hard surfaces when handling your denture
- Rinse dentures after every meal
- Rinse dentures after they’ve been soaking in denture solution
- Avoid abrasive toothpastes or ones that whiten, as they may scratch or damage your prosthetic
Need Tooth Replacement? Talk to Us Today
If you’re searching for a “dentist near me” who can provide you with high quality denture care, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the office of Dr. Iverson. We take pride in perfection! You are invited to request an appointment online today.