When you’re missing multiple teeth it has a huge impact on the quality of your life. Your diet and nutrition are affected because you can’t properly chew your food, and this affects your digestion and health. You may feel self-conscious about talking or smiling because of your missing teeth, and this impacts your confidence. The good news is that dentures may be the right solution for restoring your smile, and Dr. Bob Long and Dr. Chris Long can help! Here’s more information about wearing and caring for your dentures in Cleburne.
What is a Denture?
Typically made of acrylic, a denture is a removable appliance that is designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth with natural looking prosthetic teeth. It utilizes a snug fit, suction, and sometimes a dental adhesive to stay in place. For most patients there is a learning curve when they first start wearing their dentures, and it takes a little getting used to. You will however, immediately appreciate how a denture restores your smile and changes the appearance of your face.
Dentures are easy to care for and should be brushed every night just like your natural teeth. You can remove them, clean them, and store them in water to keep them moist. You’ll still need to visit your dentist once every year for an oral checkup and to ensure that your appliance is fitting properly. Dentures periodically need to be relined to maintain proper fit.
Implant Supported Dentures
Did you know that missing teeth also put your oral health at risk? Missing multiple teeth can cause bone loss and shifting of your healthy teeth, which puts you at an increased risk for periodontal disease and even more tooth loss.
Another option for denture wearers is to use dental implants to support their denture. Our doctors can strategically place a few dental implants into your bone that your denture will “snap” into. Implants offer a more secure fit so there is no movement or slippage when you talk or eat.
Dental implants also protect the integrity of your oral health by keeping your bone healthy and stimulated because they replace your roots. This is a benefit that traditional dentures cannot offer.
At Long Family Dental, our highly skilled team has been serving the Cleburne communities for over forty years. Our doctors can help you determine what the best treatment option is for your needs, guide you through the treatment process from start to finish, and help you achieve your goals for your oral health. Contact our office today to learn more about your options.