Are Dentures Right for You?
For many adults, missing teeth are not at all uncommon. In fact, it’s estimated that around 25% of people over 65 are missing at least some of their teeth. While no one should feel ashamed of their appearance, replacing missing teeth is important for maintaining your oral health and restoring mouth functionality.
Whether you’re missing some or all of your teeth, Misch Implant Dentistry offers both full dentures and partial dentures, so we can replace your teeth no matter how many are missing.
You may want to consider dentures if any of the following conditions apply to you:
- You need to replace several or all of your teeth
- You don’t smoke or use tobacco products
- You have a healthy jawbone
- You don’t suffer from dry mouth
- You’re committed to attending regular teeth cleanings
Do Dentures Look Fake?
We custom-craft our dentures based on the appearance of your natural teeth and mouth shape. That means our dentures not only feel natural in your mouth, but they look natural as well. The material we use is comparable in strength to natural teeth and is intended to perform exactly as your natural teeth might, so you won’t have to worry about your dentures chipping or breaking.
How to Take Care of Your Dentures
Easy upkeep is one of the main advantages of dentures. Simply take care of your dentures the same way you would your natural teeth– with daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. Soak your dentures in a cleaning solution while you sleep to keep them bacteria-free and help them maintain their shape.
Here are a few more tips for taking care of your dentures:
- Remove dentures overnight to let your mouth rest
- Soak dentures in warm water
- Use a good denture cleanser
- Do not soak dentures with metal clasps in anything but warm water
- When not wearing dentures, keep them in water so they don’t dry out and warp
- NEVER soak dentures in hot water.
- With dentures removed, clean and massage your gums
- If you have partial dentures, brush your natural teeth as usual
- Brush with a soft-bristled brush
- Use a non-abrasive cleaner
The Denture Process
To begin your denture process, you’ll need to visit our denture clinic in Sarasota for an initial consultation. During this visit, our doctor will discuss your treatment options with you before examining your gums and teeth to ensure that they’re healthy enough to receive the dentures. Once we’ve determined that you’re a candidate for dentures, we’ll move on to the next step in the process.
Making an Impression
If you require partial dentures, the doctor will take an impression of your remaining teeth. We then send this impression off to a lab where it will be used to manufacture a set of partial dentures matching the exact size and shape of your natural teeth.
Once your new set of dentures has been created, it is sent back to the office, at which time we will call you in for your fitting. During this appointment, the doctor will make sure your dentures fit comfortably in your mouth without slipping or irritating the gums. If we encounter any issues, our specialists will adjust the dentures during your appointment.
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to schedule an implant denture consultation & exam.
Your journey to a new smile starts with a denture consultation. Even if you’re just seeking a second opinion or if you are coming to us by your dentist’s recommendation, we are happy to help. Getting a well-fitting and beautiful denture can be a daunting journey, but we’ll make it as easy as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are only missing a couple teeth, you could simply get a dental bridge. Or you could opt to get a bridge that is supported by dental implants to fill in a gap left by multiple missing teeth. You can even replace a whole upper or lower arch with a full bridge supported by dental implants.
Provided you take good care of it, a denture can last you for up to ten years. But it may not last this long if your mouth changes before your denture wears out. You’ll need to have your denture adjusted or relined to ensure it still fits your mouth. In contrast, a full-arch dental implant bridge has the potential to last a lifetime as it will not wear down the way a denture does.
Occasionally falling asleep while wearing your denture won’t hurt anything, but we don’t recommend that you make this a habit. This is because your saliva production slows down when you sleep and your mouth dries out, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to flourish. This can lead to bad breath and infections. Make it a habit to remove your dentures at night, even if you wear them clipped to implants. Soak your denture in a glass of water and let your gums rest and “breathe” while you sleep.
Upper dentures are supposed to fit snugly to the roof of your mouth without feeling tight. Lower dentures feel much looser as they simply rest on the ridge of your jaw and rely on gravity to keep them in place. If an upper or lower denture regularly shifts out of place or pinches or chafes your gums, then that’s a sign you need to have something adjusted. Dental implants can help your denture to stay in place, especially for lower dentures.
You can eat almost anything you want once you have a denture. It can take some time to build up confidence in your new teeth and get used to chewing with a denture, but it will get easier with practice. The only foods you may want to limit are sticky or hard things like bubble gum, caramel, raw carrots, or chewy meat as these things can dislodge your denture and cause it to chafe your mouth.