Dentures are tooth prosthetics patients can remove as desired. They look and function very similarly to natural teeth. Dentures, in one form or another, have filled gaps left by missing teeth for thousands of years. Modern dentures are more advanced, easier to manage and affordable. Most are composed of replacement teeth attached to plastic bases that look like normal, healthy gums. Dentures are available as partials or complete sets of teeth. Many patients choose dentures for tooth replacement when they are not candidates for dental implants. Dentures are also popular for patients who prefer a more affordable and budget-friendly treatment plan.
Caring for Your Dentures
Improperly caring for dentures can distort them? Most removable dentures require adequate moisture to retain their shape. Be careful to wash them after eating, gently clean them once daily and soak them overnight in a denture soaking solution. This all helps keep dentures clean and stain-free, allowing for your smile to look its best.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I know if I am a candidate for removable dentures?
If you are missing teeth and considering dentures, you first need a professional consultation. Shine Dental Arts is experienced in denture placement and qualified to evaluate your situation. During a consultation, you can explore prosthetic tooth options, ask questions and make an informed decision about whether dentures are right for you.
What should I expect when being fitted for dentures by my Ahwatukee dentist?
You must first prepare your gums before you can start wearing dentures. If the dentist needs to remove one or more teeth, the entire process could take several months so your gums have adequate time to heal from the extractions. The dentist will then take an impression of your gums and bones beneath the gum. These impressions guide the fabrication of a complete or partial denture in a dental lab.
Will I need to follow any special after-care instructions?
Once the dentures are ready, you can start wearing them daily. It is normal for the first few weeks to be an adjustment period. During this time ,you will adjust to the sensation of your new dentures in your mouth and learn how to manipulate your tongue and cheek muscles as needed. There may be some slight discomfort from the initial denture wear; this should subside after a few days or weeks.
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