Do you have multiple missing teeth? Maybe you have whole arches of missing teeth.
Dentures are one of the best restorative dental options for missing teeth. Dr. Emily Ann Reece provides denture treatment to patients in her Raleigh, NC dental office. We often recommend dental implants for a stable and permanent result. Implant-supported dentures ensure your long-term oral health and wellness.
Dr. Reece can create a denture that restores your ability to bite, chew, and speak easily again after tooth extraction or loss. Dentures and partials are a restorative dentistry solution for our patients missing teeth.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
If patients do not replace their missing teeth soon enough, they may have these dental difficulties:
- Shifting teeth
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Misaligned bite
- Bone loss
- Speech issues
- Facial sagging
Gum recession can occur later in life due to missing teeth, which exposes the tooth root. Dental trauma, gum disease, vigorous brushing, genetic predisposition, and missing teeth. Not promptly replacing missing teeth can speed up these processes and open up more opportunities for dental issues to occur.
However, if you replace missing teeth with dentures, particularly implant-secured dentures, this option:
- Provides durability
- Improves biting and chewing ability
- Prevents facial sagging
- Improves speech
- Reduces the risk of gum disease
Types of Dentures
Dentures that are secured by implants are the preferred method for patients with multiple missing teeth. Although this option may seem more costly upfront, implant-supported dentures are permanent and do not require messy adhesives.
Dental implants offer multiple benefits to patients. Implants secure the denture in place so there is no risk of slippage. We are also able to convert existing dentures into an implant-supported denture.
Made of metal or acrylic, partial dentures are replacement teeth that are attached to a plastic base with a metal framework. Partial dentures are removable. Although partial dentures are a more economical option compared to implant-supported dentures, they can easily slip, even if you use an adhesive. Partial dentures do not protect the teeth from jaw bone deterioration.
Receive Dental Treatment Today
Contact Reedy Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to restore your smile. Request an appointment with Dr. Reece on our website or call 919.646.6294.
How do I clean my dentures properly?
If you have implant-supported dentures, you’ll just need to follow your normal oral healthcare routine. If you have removable dentures, they’ll need to be taken out at night and cleaned properly. There are cleaners specifically for dentures and soaking them at night is also recommended.
Is it hard to get used to dentures?
Any dental restoration takes some time to get used to. But dental technology has come a long way since dentures were first introduced. They can look and feel very natural. Within a few weeks, they’ll feel normal in your mouth!
Do dentures change the shape of the face?
Yes, dentures can. But it’s usually for the better. When you’re missing teeth and the bone starts to deteriorate, your face begins to sag in that area. Dentures fill the area back out to give you a more natural look. You can smile confidently again!
How many hours a day can you wear dentures?
The rule of thumb is that you should wear your dentures for at least 8 hours each day. This will provide your jawbone and gums time to adjust to the dentures and stop sore spots from forming. To give your gums a chance to relax, it is recommended to remove them at night. Additionally, you ought to take them out when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
Can you brush dentures with toothpaste?
Traditional toothpaste, bleach, vinegar, and soap are not intended for cleaning dentures and may even be harmful in rare circumstances. Denture odor is brought on by plaque and bacteria that are harbored by dentures. The pink portions of your dentures may even become white if you use harsh things like bleach. We recommend rinsing you denture with water or denture solution only.
Can I sleep with my dentures in?
No matter what kind of dentures you have, sleeping with them is never a good idea and can lead to a multitude of health problems. Make sure to take off your dentures every night before bed to keep your mouth free of bacteria, your gums healthy, and your bones strong and undisturbed.