Dentures O’Fallon IL

Tooth loss is a preventable but common occurrence among older adults. The causes can very from taking certain medications to not maintaining good dental habits. No matter what leads a person to lose their teeth, there are solutions that help them restore their smile, regain their ability to eat, and maintain their appearance.

Complete dentures offer a helpful solution to addressing missing teeth without undergoing painful procedures!

What Are Complete Dentures?

Complete dentures are a full set of dentures created for patients who are missing all of their teeth. The process of getting complete dentures usually involves multiple office visits and the dentist making impressions of your mouth to ensure a good fit. The visits also involve testing the bite of the dentures to ensure they fit well when chewing and smiling.

Why might someone need complete dentures? Dentures provide support to the lips and cheeks following the loss of most or all teeth. After a person has teeth extracted or has a medical issue where teeth are removed, it becomes possible for their face structure to change and have a “sunken in” look.

Dentures act as a way to both avoid having this sunken in look, supporting facial muscles which might sag without that support, as well as have other benefits such as:

  • Improving your ability to eat and speak which can be lost when you have missing teeth
  • A more confident smile

Complete vs. Partial Dentures

When people are considering dentures, they might not know the difference between a set of complete dentures or partial dentures. Partial dentures are usually referred to as bridges or can work in conjunction with dental implants. Complete dentures, on the other hand, replace your full set of teeth.

Denture Maintenance

Now that you have your dentures, here are some tips on maintenance!

We have done our best to provide you with well-fitted, functional, and aesthetically pleasing dentures. We feel confident that after a few weeks of adjustment, you will enjoy years of satisfaction and use. In the meantime, the following is information you need to know.

Your First Few Weeks

New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth. Several days or even a few weeks will be required for you to feel accustomed to them.

Sore Spots

Your mouth will most likely have a few sore spots about 24 hours after your first put your new dentures in. Such sore spots can be relieved by your doctor with very little effort. An initial readjustment appointment should be made, and another appointment about seven days later will usually eliminate any other sore areas.

Chewing

The new “bite” or occlusion will not feel comfortable for a period of days. We will adjust the contacting surfaces of your teeth after 24 hours, and again in about one week after the dentures have “settled” into place.

Upper vs. Lower Dentures

Your upper denture will rest comfortably in place with moderate-to-strong “suction.” Although your lower denture will have good stability, it is infrequent that “suction” can be expected on a lower denture. We suggest that you avoid denture adhesives unless you have extreme difficulty.

Cleaning the Dentures – and Your Mouth

Your dentures can be cleaned easily by using a denture brush and a dish detergent. Denture soaks are also useful for the denture. Brush your gums with a regular toothbrush once per day to tough and clean them. You may leave dentures in or out of your mouth at night, depending on your preference. If they are out of your mouth, leave them soaking in a water-and-mouthwash solution.

The Future

Your jaw bones and gums shrink up to 1/32 of an inch per year when your teeth are missing. This is one of the main disadvantages of dentures. Because of this shrinkage, you should plan to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated by us once per year. We will inform you when relining or rebasing of the dentures is necessary. Wearing ill-fitting dentures for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease. Even dentures that “fit” comfortably need to be checked along with your tissue.

If you have questions, contact the experienced dentists at Lake Pointe Dental Group today!