Everything We Think You Should Know About Dentures
We’re all for embracing the aging process. But certain signs of aging, like missing teeth, can put your health at risk and cause you embarrassment. Each of which can be avoided.
If you’re having a hard time eating or talking because of missing teeth or if you’re embarrassed by your smile, it’s time you considered dentures.
Dr. Kenneth Weddell in Bloomington, MN recommends dentures if you:
- Are missing several to all of your teeth
- Are unable to chew properly
- Are embarrassed by your missing teeth
Types Of Dentures
Dentures look like natural teeth and fit over your gums to replace the teeth you have lost. At Weddell Dental, we offer three styles of dentures:
- Partial dentures: replacement for a series of missing teeth.
- Full dentures: replacement for a full arch of teeth.
- Implant-supported dentures: held in place by dental implants.
Implant-supported dentures are a great option because they can stop or slow down bone loss, whereas traditional dentures cannot. Dental implant dentures also reduce friction and gagging. If you don’t want to bother with adhesives, dental implants are a great option.
Even if you still have some teeth remaining, you may find that a full set of dentures is the way to go. If you’re already missing some teeth but still have some left, oral surgery to remove your remaining teeth is an option we will go over with you.
Caring For Your Dentures
When you first get your dentures, they may feel a bit awkward or even foreign. It takes a little time to get used to them. If you decided to get partial or full dentures, they may feel loose while the muscles of your tongue and cheeks get accustomed to them.
It may be awkward inserting or removing your dentures in the beginning, but it will improve with practice.
You may also experience minor soreness or irritation, but this will likely go away as your mouth gets used to the dentures. If you experience any issues that don’t seem to improve with time, feel free to give us a call.
You should also brush your dentures daily to get rid of plaque and food particles. Regular cleaning can also help prevent staining. Follow the steps below to properly care for your dentures and your mouth:
- Begin by rinsing your dentures with warm water.
- Using a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive cleaner, carefully clean all surfaces of your dentures. Avoid using toothpaste, as it can be too harsh on your dentures.
- When brushing your dentures, make sure you pay attention to your mouth as well. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your gums, the roof of your mouth, your cheeks, and your tongue to get rid of any plaque. This will also help you reduce bad breath and irritation.
- If you remove your dentures, be sure to keep them covered in water in a safe spot.
If you feel your dentures need to be adjusted due to soreness or irritation, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will take a look at your dentures and adjust them as needed. We highly recommend you avoid using any DIY, at-home repair kits on your dentures. They can cause serious damage to your dentures.
Adhesives For Dentures
After getting dentures, you may decide to use an adhesive to help keep your dentures in place. There are several options for denture adhesives, including creams, pads, powders, liquids, or strips.
When selecting an adhesive to use, be sure you read the instructions carefully and use them only as directed. Always look for adhesives with the ADA Seal of Acceptance because they have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
If you would like some advice on which adhesives we recommend, we would be happy to help.
Are Dentures Right For You?
Dentures are a worthy investment in your oral health. You shouldn’t have to bother with the hassles of missing teeth any longer. At Weddell Dental, we have experienced and friendly staff who are more than happy to guide you through the process. We want to make you feel as comfortable as possible.