Tooth loss can happen to people of all ages. Losing permanent teeth can have a negative effect on self-confidence. Dentures are commonly used to replace missing teeth. These replacement teeth are removable and made of acrylic plastic and sometimes contain porcelain and metal materials.
Depending on your specific needs you might need full or partial dentures. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth. Partial dentures can be useful in preventing remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
Dentures are made once all of the teeth have been lost or the extraction sites have healed. The denture process takes approximately one month and five visits to complete.
Dentures might take some time to get used to. Even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. Dentures can feel bulky or loose. Although not permanent, these feelings can affect the way you eat and talk. Over time, your mouth will adjust and your dentures will feel just like your natural teeth.
Caring for Your Dentures
You might be advised to wear your dentures constantly during the first two weeks. After this period, dentures should be removed for at least eight hours during the day or night. This allows the gum tissue to rest and allows for natural stimulation and cleaning by the tongue and saliva.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, it’s important to treat them as if they were. Dentures should be brushed thoroughly before being removed. After removal, they should be placed immediately in room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Hot water should never be used to clean dentures as it can warp them.
Dentures are delicate and should be handled with care. Never drop them or attempt to adjust them yourself. Please contact us if your dentures feel loose or uncomfortable.
If you have missing teeth, dentures might be the right option for you. Our experienced team can work with you to develop the most effective treatment plan for your needs. Our office is conveniently located in Charlottesville, VA.