At Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A., we provide dentures as removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones could shift or tip into the space left by the missing tooth. This causes problems with your bite and may cause muscle pain in your jaw. Teeth that are out of alignment are also harder to clean, which puts you at a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth loss can also make your face look sunken and older because your smile is missing teeth.
Your dentist may recommend full dentures to replace all of your upper or lower teeth. On the other hand, partial dentures can replace several missing teeth in a row. Dentures should be cared for just like natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings.
How Are Dentures Made?
Dentures are fabricated in a dental laboratory based on impressions of your mouth. When your dentures are made, the dentist will give instructions on how to take care of them and what to expect as you adjust to the new prosthetic. You should expect some soreness until the tissues heal and adapt to the dentures. You may have difficulty chewing for a while until you get used to eating with your dentures in place. Your speech may also feel different as you use your muscles differently to speak with the dentures in your mouth. You should get used to them quickly if you follow your aftercare instructions.
The Benefits of Dentures
The benefits of getting dentures include restoring your smile’s appearance and allowing you to eat and speak as close to normal as possible.
By replacing missing teeth, you will avoid other oral health problems. This is because the jawbone begins to shrink around the gap when a tooth is missing. This gradual change in bone structure can lead to issues with facial structure and bite alignment. An incomplete set of teeth will make it difficult to chew and may lead to nutritional deficiencies over time.
Also, many patients experience a boost in self-confidence after getting new dentures. They no longer have to worry about sunken cheeks, lips, and other visible signs of tooth loss.
To learn more about the benefits of dentures, contact Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A. at 120 Oakmont Dr, Greenville, NC 27858 or call (252) 756-7789.