When we here at El Paso Modern Dentistry meet a patient who is missing their teeth and wants an attractive and fast replacement for their tooth loss, we like to educate them about dentures as a possible treatment option.
What You Need to Know About DenturesMany people who are missing an entire arch of teeth may suffer from health complications due to their tooth loss, such as difficulty eating or pain in the jaw. They may also start to find themselves starting to look older than they. This happens because the face can start to sag or droop due to shrinkage of gum and bone tissue after tooth loss. Getting dentures can help to restore the natural fullness of your face, allowing you to appear healthier and younger.
Dentures are a fantastic non-surgical option for tooth loss and can help restore your smile in as little as one appointment. While we all may know somebody who had dentures when we were younger – such as an elderly neighbor or grandparent – it is important to know that today’s dentures are nothing like dentures of the past.
Older generations of dentures were admittedly unsightly and attractive, with boxy white “chicklet” teeth and bubblegum pink acrylic trays. Today’s dentures, on the other hand, are much more attractive and natural looking, making it quite difficult even to tell that the wearer has prosthetic teeth. We can shape them to look just like real teeth, even adding slight discoloration and translucence to help them look more like your natural teeth.
The Process Of Getting DenturesGetting dentures may take multiple appointments to ensure the best fit. If you have any of your teeth remaining, we may start with extraction to remove them. We will then take an impression of your mouth to make sure your dentures are a comfortable fit for you. From this impression, our lab will create your dentures. Once they return from our lab, we will fit you with them and make any adjustments to them to make sure you are satisfied with them. Our goal is to fit you with attractive dentures that fit securely in your mouth and do not shift or cause any irritation or discomfort.
You will need to continue practicing oral hygiene even with dentures. Make sure you take your dentures out at night to keep them sanitary and do not forget to clean your gums at night, as well. Even people who are without their teeth are still susceptible to gum disease. Your dentures will need relining as your gums shrink, but if you take good care of them, you can expect them to last you up to ten years.
To learn more about dentures, or to schedule a consultation with us to determine if you are a good candidate for them, please give us here at El Paso Modern Dentistry a call today at (915) 444-2660!