It can be intimidating to learn you need dentures. But at Advanced Dental Associates, we want to assure you that dentures aren’t what they used to be. Dentures and dental medicine have come a long way over the years and are now more comfortable to wear and easier to care for than ever before.
At Advanced Dental Associates, Dr. Steve Edwards and our fabulous team of dental hygienists are more than happy to talk to you about dentures to find out which option is right for you. In the meantime, learn more about how dentures can be truly life-changing!
A Quick & Simple Guide To Dentures
After tooth loss, it’s important to replace your missing teeth as soon as possible. Dentures are a great tooth replacement option if you’ve lost most or all of your teeth to gum disease.
Dentures can be fixed or removable. Removable dentures are held in place by dental implants or suction, depending on the type you get.
While removable dentures are more cost-effective, fixed dentures like crowns, bridges, and implants can save you the trouble of slippery dentures and messy adhesives. That being said, both fixed and removable dentures are great options for restoring your smile after tooth loss.
What Do Dentures Feel Like?
For most new denture wearers, dentures can feel a bit uncomfortable in the beginning. Your dentures might feel bulky and you may even feel like they’re not secure in your mouth, which is perfectly normal. You should be used to how the dentures feel after a few weeks or months at the most. However, if you still feel like something isn’t right, don’t hesitate to call our San Antonio, TX office to see if it’s a problem that needs to be taken care of. If necessary, we can adjust your dentures to help them fit more comfortably in your mouth. Typically, one or two follow-up appointments are needed to ensure the right fit for your dentures so please don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Caring For Your Dentures
Caring for your dentures is important not only to ensure your dentures last as long as possible but for your health as well. To care for your dentures, it’s most important to remember to always handle them carefully. When cleaning them, stand over a towel or a sink full of water in case you accidentally drop them.
You should also brush and rinse your dentures daily, but avoid using toothpaste. Traditional toothpaste is too abrasive for dentures and can leave scratches. Instead, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a cleaner specifically designed for dentures. We also recommend rinsing your dentures in between meals.
If you have fixed dentures instead of removable dentures, follow the care instructions we give you at your appointment and treat them just like you would your natural teeth by brushing and flossing daily.
When you’re not wearing them, be sure to keep your dentures moist. Keeping them moist when you’re not wearing them will ensure they don’t dry out or become misshapen. We typically recommend putting your dentures in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. However, the best soaking solution for you depends on what type of denture you have so be sure to ask us which solution is right for you.
There are several benefits of wearing dentures including:
- More self-confidence
One of the most obvious benefits to getting dentures: a boost in your self-confidence. With a full, natural-looking smile after tooth loss, you can have the confidence to smile bright without thinking twice.
- You can eat whatever you want
With dentures, there are no eating or drinking restrictions. That means you can bite into an apple, sip hot tea, and enjoy your favorite foods and drinks without a problem!
- Promotes good oral health
Dentures help protect your bone and gum tissue from deterioration, which is great news for your overall health. Healthy bone means your face will retain its shape, keeping you from experiencing dramatic changes in your appearance.
Find Out If Dentures Are Right For You
The only way to know for sure if dentures are right for you is to schedule a consultation and come talk to us about them. At Advanced Dental Associates, Dr. Steve Edwards and our experienced and friendly team are more than happy to walk you through the process and help you find out which option is right for you.