Whatever your reason for missing teeth, dentures offer one solution that can benefit your appearance and your health. With today’s advancements in dental care, dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than they’ve ever been. If you think you might need dentures, contact Dr. Melissa Khurasany at Claremont Dental Arts in Claremont, California, to book your consultation today.
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures — partial and complete — depending on whether you need some or all of your teeth replaced.
With complete dentures, there are two types: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are made for your mouth after all of your teeth have been removed, and the tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth right after your teeth are removed. These will likely require adjustments or relining during the healing process.
Dentures are made of a flesh-colored base that fits over your gums. They're held in place by forming a suction seal against your gums. For full dentures, the base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, and the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to make room for your tongue.
Dentures may feel a little awkward or loose for the first few weeks or even months. That's because the muscles in your cheeks and tongue are getting used to keeping your dentures in place. Eating and speaking may take a bit of practice.
It's also common to experience excessive saliva flow, as well as minor soreness or irritation, though you should follow up with Dr. Khurasany if these conditions persist in having adjustments make for a better fit. Additionally, if your dentures “click” while you’re talking, you’ll want to consult with Dr. Khurasany.
Dr. Khurasany will let you know how often you have to wear your dentures and when you should remove them. During the first few days, you may have to wear them 24 hours a day, but after this, you should be able to remove them at night and put them back into your mouth in the morning.
Compared to other alternatives like dental implants, dentures have a relatively low cost and can be made quickly. However, there are also reasons why dentures may not appeal to everyone, such as the fact that they can lead to embarrassing social moments.
Dr. Khurasany can talk through your questions about dentures and your options for replacing missing teeth. Book a consultation at Claremont Dental Arts today.