Dentures are a common form of tooth replacement, both on their own and in combination with dental implants, as in implant supported dentures. If you have missing teeth, you probably have questions about dentures, how they work, and what the best replacement solution is for you.
How long do dentures last? If cared for properly, dentures can last for many years. As the shape of your mouth changes over time, you might need to have them relined or even remade so thy fit the new contours of your mouth and jawbone.
How do I take care of my dentures? Dentures should be kept moist when they are not in your mouth so the lining—the portion that sits directly on your gums—does not dehydrate. They should also be brushed or cleaned regularly to keep bacteria and plaque from building up on them, which can cause gum disease.
What are my options for dentures? Traditional dentures rest directly on the gums. Another option is implant supported dentures. This treatment used dental implants to hold a denture in place. The denture can be removed for cleaning, but remains stationary when it is in your mouth.
Is it difficult to get used to dentures? Today’s dentures are easier to wear than in years past. They are made to fit as comfortably as possible and to take up as little room as possible in your mouth. Still, it will probably take a few days to get used to them. Until you adjust, they might feel bulky in your mouth and cause excess production of saliva. With some practice, you should be able to eat and talk normally.
What is the advantage to implant supported dentures? Traditional dentures can shift in the mouth and can make it difficult to eat certain types of foods. Implant supported dentures are held stationary by the anchoring implants. In addition, the implants help encourage the bone in your jaw to regenerate. Long-term wearers of traditional dentures often experience bone loss over time, which can lead to changes in the shape of your face. Implant supported dentures can slow or prevent this process.
Call the office of Dr. Taskonak to schedule a time to speak with our professional about your denture options.
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