When a tooth, or several teeth, are missing from the mouth this can cause dental issues that worsen over time. Losing a tooth can cause other teeth to drift out of place and cause problems with your bite and put stress on the jaw. You’ll also have more difficulty making sure that any plaque or bacteria is removed from teeth, increasing the risk of developing oral health issues like decay or gum disease.
If you’re missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, your dentist at WoodSprings Dentistry may recommend a partial or complete denture.
Partial dentures use your natural teeth to replace teeth that are missing. They use a clasp of some form to attach the replacement tooth to your real teeth. The replacement tooth matches the color of your natural teeth and they can be taken out of the mouth so that you can clean them or take them out of the mouth while sleeping.
When all of your teeth are missing or need to be taken out, then complete dentures are a great option to replace these teeth. Just like partial dentures, a complete denture is taken in and out so you can clean them. They also should be taken out while you sleep.
It may take some time to get used to your partial or complete denture, but over time they will feel more comfortable. It takes some practice to take them in and out of the mouth. It will also take time to get used to eating or talking. and this These processes will likely feel very odd for a few weeks after you have received your dentures. Whenever you are putting your partial denture into your mouth, be sure not to force it in. Using force could cause damage to your dentures or to your teeth.
While they are a way to replace natural teeth, you should avoid keeping your partial or complete denture in your mouth all day every day. They should be taken out before bed and you can put them back in the mouth upon awakening. Your dentist will be able to look for any sore sports or pressure points in the mouth as well as make adjustments so that your dentures fit in the mouth comfortably.
If you have missing teeth, a partial or complete denture may be the right choice for you. Contact WoodSprings Dentistry for more information and to schedule an appointment.