Missing teeth do more than just damage the look of your smile, they can also lead to a wide array of oral complications. When you are missing teeth, you are much more prone to infection and bacteria build-up. Your remaining teeth may also shift and move as a result of the empty spaces beside them. This can give them a crooked appearance and also ruin the alignment of your jaw. Patients who are missing teeth also tend to suffer from the “sunken face” phenomenon- where the facial muscles begin to droop which leads to sagging and the look of premature aging.
Because of these issues, it is important to seek out teeth replacement options if you have lost one or more teeth. One of the most popular methods of teeth replacement is removable dentures. Dentures consist of a gum-colored base that is made out of a plastic resin. This fits snugly over the alveolar bone. Prosthetic teeth are attached to this base and are designed to look and function just like normal teeth. Your dentures are custom made for your mouth but will need to be adjusted over time.
Dentures may seem uncomfortable at first, but you will quickly get used to eating and speaking with them in. The muscles around your mouth will adjust and soon, dentures will be second nature to you. To keep your dentures functioning and looking good for years to come, it is important to take good care of them. Be sure to remove and clean them after eating. Running them under water after each meal will get rid of any unwanted food and bacteria. Make sure to handle your dentures with care, they are fragile and are likely to break if dropped. It is also important to continue to clean your mouth when you have dentures. Make sure to brush your teeth, tongue, cheeks, and gums. Brush your dentures daily and soak them overnight to keep them fresh and bacteria free.
If you are missing teeth and are looking for a tooth replacement option, removable dentures may be for you. If you are interested in learning more, give us a call today. We can explore your replacement options with you and make sure that you are choosing the best course of action to get your smile back.