Dentures: An Affordable Alternative for Replacing Missing Teeth
When you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry in Tampa that exceeds expectations, the team at North Pointe Dental has the experience, knowledge, and skill to help you achieve and maintain a brilliant, healthy smile. We can provide an extensive array of dental services, typically including any procedure necessary like replacing missing teeth, without needing to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility will save you time, keeping your total dental care within one comprehensive practice.
Our dentists emphasize total preventive care for patients, beginning with regular hygiene visits, checkups, and continued home oral health care regimens. We also provides the highest-quality service for restoring damaged or injured mouths that require cosmetic dentistry. Our number one goal for our patients is to help them achieve and maintain their maximum level of oral health. To do this, we utilize advances in technique, technology, and through maintenance of scheduled dental exams.
What is Dentures
When dental decay has progressed enough to warrant a tooth removal, or if you’re missing teeth due to disease, illness, or trauma, you need an option that won’t compromise the aesthetic quality of your teeth, while maintaining full function for eating, speaking, and more. Dentures are removable oral appliances that can fill the role of replacing missing teeth, and restore your smile. If you’ve suffered from losing all of your natural teeth, replacing them will benefit your appearance, your confidence, and your health. Dentures make it easier to eat and speak as naturally as possible. If you lose all of your teeth, the results can be disheartening: sagging of facial muscles, making you look aged and exhausted, deterioration of the health of your gums, and even effects to the bones of your jaw. Dentures give shape to the appearance of your face, restoring volume and tone. They can be modeled to be almost imperceptible from natural teeth, so that you can feel like yourself even after tooth loss. Dentures can even improve the look of your smile, providing a pearly white alternative.
Dentures come in many forms, from conventional to overdentures. Conventional dentures are full, removable denture. They are made and place in your mouth after the all of the tissues have healed after teeth removal, which can take up to several months. Immediate dentures are inserted on the same day that the teeth are removed. For immediate dentures, your dentist will take the measurements and create models of your jaw beforehand, so that you don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, you might need to have the dentures re-lined or remade once your jaw has healed. Overdentures are a great option when some of your teeth can be saved, in order to to preserve the health of your jawbone create extra stability and support for dentures. Overdentures fit over the remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by a dentist. Similarly, implants can function this way too.
Newly inserted dentures might feel strange for a while, until you grow accustomed to them. They may feel loose as your tongue and cheek muscles learn to keep them in place and adjust to their presence. You may notice some minor soreness or irritation, and an increased flow of saliva. These problems resolve once your mouth becomes used to the dentures. Follow-up appointments with your dentist may be needed after dentures are inserted, so that the fit can be evaluated and possibly adjusted if necessary.
Even with dentures, it is important to still practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, your tongue, and the roof of your mouth each morning with a soft-bristled toothbrush, prior to inserting your dentures. This will stimulate circulation in the tissues of your mouth, and help remove plaque. Just like natural teeth, dentures should be brushed daily to prevent build-up of food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the dentures from becoming stained. When not wearing your dentures, it is important to put them in a safe place, covered in water, so that they do not warp. If you use adhesives with your dentures, make sure to use them exactly as directed. Your dentist can recommend denture cleaners and adhesive for your dentures, including products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, that have been evaluated for their effectiveness and safety.
If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist dentures patients trust, Drs. Pross, Kanter and Tindell can help. Our dentists strive to create the most comfortable and natural-looking dentures and partial dentures in replacing missing teeth for our patients. Receiving adequate dentures can help you smile with confidence, eat comfortably and maintain optimal oral health.