June 21, 2017
Many people have problems with their teeth as they get older. Many can also start to lose some teeth by that age. It doesn’t really matter if it’s due to gum disease, accidents, age, or neglect, because what’s important is finding a way to replace them. You need your teeth to help chew, talk, and even look like normal.
Call our Norton Shores, MI dental office at 231-366-4182 to schedule an appointment to get removable dentures. These may have been around for a while, but that’s because they still work very well. Our Norton Shores dentists can fit you with the right dentures.
Dentures Work At Replacing Lost Teeth
When you have lost a single tooth, there are a few restorative dentistry treatments to help. For example, a dental bridge or dental implant can both replace that tooth and give you a full smile again. However, neither works when you have to replace a lot of teeth.
That’s where removable dentures can help you. They feature replacement teeth that look and feel natural but are also very durable. These replacements are set in a gum-colored base that rest on your gums. With your dentures in place, you have a complete smile.
At our Norton Shores, MI dental office, you can get two kinds of removable dentures. Full dentures replace a full arch of teeth (all the teeth on the top or bottom). These are what most people think of when they’re talking about dentures. But you can also get partial dentures that replace just a few teeth in a row.
Taking Good Care Of Your Dentures
Your removable dentures should last 10 years or more. But to make sure they last and stay comfortable on your gums, here are a few tips you should follow.
– Visit our Norton Shores dentists every six months like normal
It’s not like your dentures are going to get cavities, but gum disease is still a concern. This can make your gum sore, which can make your dentures uncomfortable. That’s why you still need to come to Community Shores Dental every six months like normal. In addition, our Norton Shores dentists can examine your dentures and make sure they’re looking good.
– Use cool water with your dentures
When you want to make sure something is very clean, you use really hot (even boiling) water. However, you should never do that with your dentures! Hot water can change the shape of your dentures just enough so they’re either less comfortable or more likely to fall off. Always use cool water when working with your dentures.
– Clean them every day
Speaking of keeping your dentures clean, you need to clean them every day. But don’t use regular toothpaste. That’s made for enamel, not dentures, and it can scratch up your replacement teeth. Instead, use a cleaner especially made for dentures. Then make sure you use it daily. This can help your dentures keep their white color and prevent them from hurting your breath.
– Take them out every night
Removable dentures can be taken out at any time. While you will want them in your mouth for the day, you should take them out at night. This is needed to help protect your gums. When you chew with your dentures, you put pressure on your gums. They need a break each night so they can rest.
– Handle your dentures carefully
Dentures are designed to withstand a lot of pressure. After all, you’ll be using them to mash and crush all kinds of food. However, there are pressures dentures are not designed to handle. When you take your dentures out and clean them, make sure to handle them carefully. Dropping them can change their shape as can handling them too roughly.
– Consider getting implant-secured dentures
One downside of removable dentures is that they can fall out unexpectedly. Although rare, it can happen. You can eliminate these and similar problems by getting implant-secured dentures instead. These use several dental implants to hold snugly to your dentures. This also allows pressure from eating to stimulate your jawbone, helping the bone tissue stay stronger.
Call us TODAY at 231-366-4182 or use our convenient online form to make your next appointment. Our Norton Shores dentists are well trained in offering full, partial, and implant-secured dentures so you can have your smile back.