If you are currently dealing with multiple missing teeth, in addition to probably being self-conscious about your smile’s appearance, you might not know that your oral health is in quite a bit of danger as well. When teeth are lost, the jawbone in the area naturally starts to deteriorate because the body knows there are no teeth to support. Over time, this can drastically alter the appearance of a person’s face and even cause the remaining teeth to shift out of place. Patients with multiple missing teeth are also much more susceptible to developing gum disease, which in itself is the leading cause of tooth loss in the entire world!
Fortunately, at Westlake Dental, we can offer an effective, affordable, and convenient solution with full and partial dentures. Dentures have been used for generations to help people quickly rebuild their smiles, and with Dr. Andy Maples, they can do the same for you.
Traditional dentures are removable dental prosthetics that are used to restore multiple missing teeth. They consist of a natural-looking, gum-colored acrylic base attached to prosthetic ceramic teeth.
If a patient still has a few remaining teeth on their upper or lower jaw, a partial denture can be used to fill in the gaps like the missing piece of a puzzle. They restore only the areas where the teeth are missing, and they are held in place using small metal clasps that attach to neighboring teeth.
However, if a patient is missing an entire row of teeth, a full denture would be needed to restore it. These sit directly on the gums using natural suction and/or a small amount of denture adhesive.
No matter which type of denture you need, both will make it much easier for you to chew and speak comfortably, and they’ll also help you smile with confidence once again.
The Process of Getting Dentures
This starts with an initial consultation with Dr. Maples. He’ll perform a complete examination of your mouth, and then he’ll recommend a variety of treatments that can help you replace your missing teeth. If you choose removable dentures, the process to get them will take place over the course of a few weeks and involve multiple appointments.
During this, he’ll take an impression of your mouth, determine the alignment of your jaw, and use this to create multiple models of your potential dentures. You’ll try these models on until you find the one that has the perfect look and fit for you. Once that has been determined, Dr. Maples will send the model to a local dental lab to fabricate your final dentures. You’ll return to the office one more time to get your dentures, and Dr. Maples will show you how to put them on and maintain them.
Using Your New Dentures
It will take a bit of time for your mouth to get used to your new dentures, so initially, try to wear them as much as you can, only taking them off to sleep. To get used to eating with them, start with softer foods and cut things into smaller pieces for the first week or so. Reading out loud every day will help you learn to speak with them. Eventually, your dentures will work and feel just like your natural teeth.
If multiple missing teeth consistently cause you to hide your smile or avoid your favorite foods, they don’t have to any more. Dentures from Westlake Dental can give you your smile back and more, and to get started, all you need to do is come see Dr. Maples. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.