When you have multiple missing teeth, even the most basic tasks can be difficult or even impossible to perform. Not only are your chewing and biting affected, but your speech and ability to eat certain foods are impacted as well. By replacing your natural teeth, you’re doing your long-term oral health and quality of life a big favor. At Nu Dental Brick, Dr. G can provide you highly personalized dentures in Brick Township! For a quick, affordable, and esthetically-pleasing solution for your major tooth loss, give his office a call today.
If you are missing teeth on opposite sides of your mouth or an entire arch of teeth, chances are likely that you are a candidate for dentures. Of course, we recommend that you come visit us for a one-on-one consultation so we can better determine your needs and examine your unique case. This will also give us an opportunity to confirm if any underlying dental concerns need to be addressed. This may include tooth decay, gum disease, or severely damaged teeth that need to be removed before the mouth can accommodate a denture.
Dentures are not only an accessible way for people to regain their smile, but they are extremely customizable. Below, you can learn more about the three types of dentures we offer, how they differ, and what benefits you can expect from each!
Partial dentures only replace specific teeth throughout a given arch. Much like how a puzzle piece fits into an open space in a puzzle, partial dentures fit around existing teeth in order to stay in place. This is done through metal clasps that hook around natural teeth. Of course, we make use of gum-colored and tooth-colored restorations to ensure the best esthetics possible.
An entire arch of teeth can be replaced with a full denture, whether it’s in your top or bottom arch. While full dentures are similar in the materials they utilize (acrylic and ceramic) to mimic teeth, they rely on the natural shape of the mouth as well as suction to the gums to stay in place, rather than use metal clasps. Full dentures can also be kept stable with denture adhesive, which is especially common in the first few weeks of use.
Implant dentures use the same restoration as traditional options but with one notable twist. Instead of using existing oral structures to stay in place, they attach to a series of dental implants that are surgically placed inside of the jaw, then given time to fuse over several months. Once fully healed, a full or partial denture can be attached. This means you can reap all the benefits that come with dental implants, all while addressing your severe tooth loss.
Professionally-made dentures have been used to replace teeth for hundreds of years. Thanks to advancements in the dental field, they are not only more natural-looking than ever, but comfortable and easy to use as well. Just a few of the benefits you can expect when you choose them to replace teeth include:
Do you still have questions about what to expect with dentures in Brick Township? We have answers! When you call our office, a friendly member our team will pick up and be happy to provide the information you need. If you need an answer more specific to your case, then Dr. G can help you at a consultation. Until then, we invite you to read through this handy list of frequently asked denture questions!
Since you’re used to talking with your natural teeth (or with no teeth), it will take some time to get used to speaking while wearing dentures. This adjustment period can take varying amounts of time for different patients, but for most people, it usually takes a few weeks until talking with dentures feels like second nature.
Generally, the more you practice, the more quickly you can adjust to speaking with dentures. One issue that new denture wearers often deal with is a slight lisp due to changes in the palate. However, you can overcome this issue by reading out loud and practicing words that have a lot of “s” sounds, like “Mississippi.” Denture adhesive can provide some extra stability during this adjustment process.
Cleaning your dentures every day is essential, but you should avoid using toothpaste to do so. Toothpaste is actually abrasive to dentures and can leave microscopic scratches on the surface, severely damaging them over time. You should avoid using a hard-bristled toothbrush on them for the same reason.
Instead, clean your dentures with antibacterial hand soap, mild dishwashing liquid, or specialized denture cleaning solutions. To keep your smile looking and feeling great, rinse and clean your dentures after every meal.
Although you can sleep while wearing your dentures, we highly recommend not doing so. Taking your dentures out before bed gives your gums and jawbone a break from holding your prosthetic all day. As a result, you’ll feel much more refreshed in the morning. Removing your dentures at night also gives you the perfect chance to clean them. Let your dentures soak overnight in denture cleanser or room-temperature water (hot water can alter their shape and make them not fit correctly).
After tooth loss, the shape of your jaw naturally changes over time. That, coupled with the fact that your denture experiences wear and tear, means that even the most well-made denture will eventually lose its once-snug fit. If and when this occurs, your denture dentist in Brick Township may suggest a reline to help.
A soft reline can help if your gums are particularly sensitive to pressure from the dentures. Dr. G can even add extra cushioning material to minimize irritation. If more extensive modifications are required, however, we’ll recommend a hard reline. This necessitates several appointments, as we’ll need to send your dentures to a lab.