Missing teeth are a serious issue. When you suffer tooth loss, your whole life is affected. In addition to impacting your smile, tooth loss also affects your abilities to eat and speak. Tooth loss also affects the shape of your face and can cause you to look years older than you are. After tooth loss, missing teeth should be replaced. The Dentists at North Cypress can replace missing teeth with dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are the traditional solution for replacing missing teeth. They have been around for hundreds of years. While dentures have undergone many improvements over the years, the design is still fairly similar. Dentures are a removable restoration that consists of false teeth set into a base that rely on your gums for support. Advances in dentures have made them appear much more natural in appearance and much less bulky. Dentures today consist of acrylic resin or porcelain teeth that are set into an acrylic base. The base is made to match the exact color of your natural gum tissue. These features provide a much more realistic restoration to your smile.
Your dentures are made from impressions of your mouth. First, however, any unhealthy teeth that are remaining in the arch need to be extracted. After extracting these teeth, an impression is taken. The impression is sent to our lab, where your denture is designed and created. After your denture is finished, it is checked to ensure proper fit. Adjustments are made as needed.
What If I Still Have Healthy Teeth?
When most people think about dentures, they tend to think of a restoration designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. However, what if you are only missing a section of teeth, and the rest of your teeth are perfectly healthy? There is no reason to remove perfectly healthy teeth. Instead, we can provide you with a partial denture. This restoration is also removable and is similar in design to a full denture. It also has metal clasps, which help to provide additional support for your restoration.
Taking Care of Dentures
Your dentures require daily care to ensure optimal functionality, and to protect your oral health. Every night, your dentures should be removed to be cleaned. First, lay a folded towel on the counter, or fill your sink with water. After removing your denture, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste to clean your restoration. After they have been cleaned, you should store them in a glass of water or denture cleaning solution. Your dentures should be left out all night while you sleep. Store your dentures in a safe location away from pets and children.
After you have cleaned your dentures, it is important to clean your mouth as well. Brush and floss your healthy teeth as normal. Gently brush your gums and your other intraoral tissues. An antibacterial mouthwash can also be used.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures provide many benefits, including:
Dentures can restore the functions of your missing teeth, which can aid in restoring your quality of life. For more information, and to find out if dentures are right for you, call The Dentists at North Cypress for your appointment today.
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