Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Do you feel embarrassed about your smile because of missing teeth? If so, you may be a good candidate for removable dentures. Bao Nguyen, DDS, and Michael Florman, DDS, at Morning Dental in Huntington Beach and Santa Ana, California, can give you quality, realistic-looking dentures, which can help you eat, speak, and smile again normally. 

Dentures improve oral health

Missing teeth don’t only affect your smile. The condition can affect your jaw health as well. Missing teeth can result in facial sagging, bone deterioration, speaking problems, mouth infections, and chewing difficulties.

Regardless of whether your teeth are broken or missing due to an accident, illness, or deterioration with age, dentures can improve your overall oral health.

Kinds of dentures

There are two types of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures. Both types of dentures are custom-made to look like your natural teeth and gums. 

Full dentures

You can get full dentures for your top jaw, lower jaw, or both. If you have any remaining teeth, they’ll need to be extracted first. Once your gums heal from the extractions, your dentist will make impressions of your mouth and send them to a lab. Upper dentures fit to the roof of your mouth, while lower dentures are shaped like a horseshoe so your tongue can move freely. Full dentures are normally held in place by tension or adhesives.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures fill the gaps in your remaining teeth. After impressions are made of your mouth, they’re sent to a lab where your dentures are made. These dentures are anchored to your remaining teeth.

Adjusting to dentures

Wearing dentures may take some getting used to at first, but you’ll soon be able to speak, eat, and smile with ease. You may notice an increase in saliva, and you may get some sore spots in your mouth, but this is normal and shouldn’t last long. If these side effects last longer than a few days, you should call your dentist.

Until your mouth adjusts to your dentures, you should stick to soft foods. After a month or so, you shouldn’t have any issues enjoying your favorite foods. 

To learn more about getting or wearing dentures, book an appointment online or over the phone with Morning Dental today.

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