At Shenandoah Family Dentistry we understand that life is full of uncertainties and your teeth don’t need to be one of them. However, this may be the way you feel when you’re told you need full dentures—a device that’s commonly used to replace your missing teeth.
Understanding About Dentures
Dentures are used to replace your full set of teeth in either your upper or your lower jaw. They’re manufactured from porcelain or acrylic and held together by an acrylic base. When these are properly made and fashioned to fit your mouth correctly, they’re quite tolerable—you can even function well while wearing them. However, the main challenge here lies in the fact that you won’t have any other teeth surrounding your denture to help retain it. Usually, this is much more challenging in your lower jaw (mandible) than it is in your upper jaw. You may also find this more challenging when there’s been a lot of ridge resorption (a.k.a. shrinkage) in your jaw bone itself. If you suffer from having a dry mouth, this too will significantly affect your dental retention.
Placement of New Dentures
Once your teeth are removed, an impression (a.k.a. mold) of your mouth and bite are taken so we can understand how to fashion the correct denture for your mouth. After we do this, we’ll consult with you regarding your new denture and its fit. At this time, we can also talk about the best way to stabilize it in your mouth—sometimes implanting it in your jaw will help with stability, retention, and overall functioning. If we decide this be what’s best for you, you’ll still be able to remove your denture, even though it’s retained by retentive "heads" on the implant which seats into the denture.
Adapting to Your New Dentures
Your new dentures will surprisingly look quite natural and feel quite comfortable. With how far denture technology has advanced, allowing your denture to be customized to your mouth, face, and appearance, you’ll feel confident wearing them today. They not only look natural but caring for them isn’t much different from how you’d care for your teeth. You simply rinse them off after eating, soak them overnight, and brush them once a day. Of course, this doesn’t mean it won’t take some time to learn how to adapt to your new dentures. You will have to learn how to wear, eat, and speak with a whole set of fully functioning teeth in your mouth once again.
We hope that you’ll entrust your denture care to us at Shenandoah Family Dentistry. We have many years of experience in helping our patients feel comfortable with their new teeth. When you learn that you’re in need of dentures, give us a call at (540) 667-8731 so we can help you too. We can even start this whole process by simply discussing any concerns you may have regarding switching to full dentures, but hopefully, this article has already put at least some of these to rest for you.