As you’ve grown older, have your teeth begun to let you down? Do you always stress about uncomfortable and unstable dentures?
Being told you need dentures can be a worrisome experience, but at Elements Dental Spa – Baton Rouge Dentist & Aesthetics Spa, it doesn’t have to be! Our caring team will help to guide you through the partial or complete denture process and answer all your questions.
In fact, let’s begin by defining what these two types of dentures are. Dentures come in two varieties, full or partial.
Partials: If you’re just missing a few teeth along the dental arch, partial dentures may be the right solution for you.
Complete: If you’ve lost all the teeth along the top, bottom, or both then you’ll need full dentures to regain your smile. They sit on the gum line and provide more functionality when you eat, laugh, and smile.
While dentures may seem old-fashioned when compared to some newer techniques, they have some real advantages you should consider:
Dentures don’t only offer the benefit of restoring your appearance, they can also benefit you in many other ways. Dentures make it easier for you to chew food and can also help improve your speech if it has changed as a result of missing teeth. When you lose teeth, the other teeth close to the lost tooth/teeth may also shift into the empty space.
This not only changes your bite but also places stress on the surrounding teeth and jaws. You may also find that it is more difficult to keep your remaining teeth clean, which can result in tooth decay and periodontal disease.
This is why it is important to find a solution to replace your missing teeth.
While having a beautiful set of dentures is most certainly better than not having any teeth, there are some limitations you need to be aware of.
First, your chewing efficiency will not be the same as it was with your natural teeth, so it may take an adjustment period for eating to feel normal to you.
You also have to bear in mind that dentures are designed to rest on moveable gum tissue, therefore they will move around some and could possibly slip.
As long as you understand that up front, you can have satisfaction with your dentures.
For many, simple suction or adhesives will keep your dentures in place, but others may require a dental implant to provide an anchor.
At Elements Dental Spa – Baton Rouge Dentist & Aesthetics Spa, we also offer implant-retained dentures for more comfortable and long-lasting results! Thanks to their multiple secure anchor points, implant-retained dentures provide more stability while eating and speaking. The permanent nature of the restoration allows you to enjoy your day-to-day activities fully. They also promote bone and gum preservation, improved dental hygiene, and a lifetime of comfort.
It takes some time to get used to your dentures. In the first few weeks, your gums may feel sore or irritated, and your dentures may feel loose or unsecured. Sometimes it takes a few weeks or months to adjust and get used to wearing dentures.
At first, your dentures may feel loose or bulky in your mouth. That’s completely normal. Speaking and eating may feel different during your adjustment period, and you may also have some extra saliva flow. These things are nothing to worry about. All of them fade over time as you get used to your dentures.
With modern-day restorative dentistry, dentures are made to look and act just like normal teeth. In many cases they will drastically improve your look and smile.
Will my dentures need to be replaced?
Over time your dentures will need to be adjusted and, if needed, replaced to keep them in excellent condition. Good oral care will help improve the lifespan of dentures as well as regular dental checkups.
Dentures may be the solution for any patient missing one or more teeth. While other options are available, for some patients, dentures provide a comfortable solution.
To decide what treatment is right for you, contact our Baton Rouge dental team about dentures today at 225-398-8812. Our dentists at Elements Dental Spa – Baton Rouge Dentist & Aesthetics Spa will guide you through your full range of options and find the perfect plan to restore your smile.