Dentures are sturdy appliances made up of synthetic components that resemble your natural teeth. When you’re missing multiple teeth or all of your natural teeth, dentures can restore your smile and lost facial volume.
An affordable option to dental implants, dentures make it easier to chew your food and speak without difficulties.
You may benefit from dentures if you’ve lost multiple teeth due to gum disease or tooth decay. Dentures may also be an effective solution to replace teeth lost from age-related tooth loss or injury.
Several denture types are available, depending on your needs. Your dentist at Gables Family Dental can determine the best type of denture for you after a full oral exam. Common types of dentures include:
Conventional dentures are a custom-made denture appliance that replaces all of your teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. A conventional denture can be easily taken out to clean or when you go to sleep.
If you’ve just had your remaining teeth extracted, you can benefit from an immediate denture that you receive on the same day. You can wear the device as your gums heal from extraction surgery, so you won’t be without teeth.
An overdenture is a dental appliance designed to replace some missing teeth. If you have natural teeth that are still healthy, the overdenture is custom-made to fit over your existing teeth and give you full functionality for chewing and speaking.
Initially, it may take you several weeks to adjust to having a new denture in your mouth. Over time, your tongue and cheek muscles lean to hold the denture in place.
Mild irritation and soreness in your gums are also common with new dentures. Your body may also produce excess saliva for the first month as your mouth adapts to the denture.
Caring for your dentures is easy and is essential for good oral health. You can use a high-quality denture cleaner each night to remove bacteria and debris. It’s also important that you continue to brush your gums and tongue with a soft toothbrush before placing your dentures each day. These practices will prevent gum disease and improve blood circulation in your jaw and gums.
Learn more about the benefits of dentures by calling Gables Family Dental today or using the convenient online booking feature.