The Benefits of Dentures
Not only do dentures help you recapture an award-winning smile, these removable oral appliances assist with clear speech and the chewing and digestion of food. Dentures can be complete or partial. Complete dentures are ideal cosmetic restorations for patients who don’t have any teeth of their own. Partial dentures are often used to replace one or multiple missing teeth and assist in keeping the existing teeth in proper position.
At Bernardsville Dental Care, we perform a full oral examination to determine whether you are a good candidate for dentures. We make sure your dentures are perfectly designed for a good fit and natural look.
The Process for Creating Fabulous Dentures
The process for making dentures requires the following: On your first visit, impressions are taken, and stone models are made. Other dental visits include measurements to determine the size, color and shape of all replacement teeth. Wax and plastic models are fabricated and placed to evaluate aesthetics, function and fit. Since the replacement teeth are positioned in wax, alterations can be made easily. Once both patient and dentist are satisfied, the appliance is sent to a dental lab for final fabrication. Pink-colored plastic is exchanged for the wax, and the dentures are complete. During the final appointment, your dentures are placed in your mouth. To ensure the correct bite and comfort, placement is carefully evaluated. Additional appointments are scheduled as necessary for any minor adjustments.
Adjusting to Dentures
At first, new dentures may feel foreign and a bit odd. After several weeks, the muscles of the tongue and cheeks adjust. Keep in mind that it’s not unusual for minor soreness or irritation to occur. These issues gradually diminish as the mouth adjusts to the new appliance. Eating with new dentures typically takes a little practice. It’s best to start off with soft foods sliced into tiny pieces. Once you get the hang of it, you can return to your normal dining routine. It’s wise to avoid foods that are hard, sticky or hot. If you chew gum, put it off until you’ve adjusted to your new dentures. If the dentures click when you’re speaking, you may want to have them adjusted.
Wear and Care of Dentures
Dentures are worn 24/7 in the beginning, including when you sleep. This allows for quick identification of any problems areas that may require adjustment. Once adjustments are made, dentures should be removed prior to bedtime. During the night, gum tissues can rest and stimulation for cleansing by saliva and the tongue are enhanced.
Just as with your natural teeth, dentures should be cleaned on a regular basis. This will keep them free from stains and looking good. Be sure to remove and rinse your dentures after eating. This will remove loose particles and food debris and help reduce bad breath. Using a denture cleaner or mild soap, wipe the denture clean with a soft toothbrush. A stiff-bristled brush can damage the dentures. With good care, dentures last for years, and you’ll have a confident smile. Serving Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Mendham, Bedminster, & Morristown, NJ.