For many people in Houston, especially seniors, ill-fitting dentures have become an unfortunate fact of life. Many of these denture wearers have extreme difficulty when trying to eat the foods they want and in in some cases – the food they need. Others may have trouble speaking or are generally uncomfortable with the way that they look.
Dentures are replacement teeth, which can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures look more natural and comfortable than ever before, they won’t entirely replace your natural teeth.
What Should Custom Dentures Look Like?
Dentures are usually made from a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits on your gums. The upper denture will touch the roof of your mouth, while the lower denture is shaped to accommodate your tongue. They are custom made in a dental laboratory from an impression taken from your mouth while at the dentist’s office.
There are basically two types of dentures – partial dentures, which are often referred to as “partials,” and full dentures. Your dentist at New Teeth Dental Solutions should be able to decide which denture is best for you based on your teeth and your budget. Common issues with dentures are that they wear out and need to be replaced every 3-5 years and the fact that no matter how comfortable they may be, they will never take the place of you original, natural teeth.
The Benefits Of Getting Custom Made Dentures
If you have lost your teeth to an accident, age, or decay, it could affect your life in a negative way. It will affect how you eat, how you smile, and how you speak when around people. Although they are not a replacement for your natural teeth, custom made dentures can make you regain the confidence you might have lost. Custom made dentures will restore your smile and confidence.
Our dentists see many different people with different mouths: different shapes, sizes and color of the gum and tooth. Our gums shrink as we get older. All of these factors are taken into consideration when creating a custom denture. Custom made dentures perfectly fit in the appearance and size of the individual tooth, making the patient feel as if the teeth are their natural teeth. Dentures can be designed for an individual, especially teeth shape, size and the base color to match the wearer’s gums.
Custom Made Dentures Offer Superior Comfort
If you have ill-fitting dentures, you may experience sore gums. Custom made dentures can be made to fit the mouth of each patient using measurements and impressions of their teeth. When you have a denture that properly fits your mouth, you feel much less irritation while eating.
Your Custom Made Dentures Will Allow You To Eat A Balanced Diet
When missing teeth prohibit you from eating the foods you enjoy, your diet will undoubtedly suffer. Many of the healthiest foods you can eat are those that require you to forcibly chew them, such as fruits and vegetables. Custom made dentures will enable you to enjoy healthy nutrition, because you will be able to eat more comfortably. A denture that is properly fitted will reduce the amount of adhesive needed and also lets you chew your food more quickly. Customized dentures factor in the patient’s bite and can help take care of various stresses on the jaw.
Custom Made Dentures Can Restore Confidence
A missing tooth can make you self-conscious when opening your mouth and also affect how you express yourself when you are with other people. With your custom fitted dentures, which can restore your confidence, you will be able to smile and express yourself anywhere. A denture that is custom made will help you feel as if you have your natural teeth. Custom made dentures will give you much more confidence in social situations. By addressing the needs of individual patients, a custom-made denture keeps you smiling!
Getting Used To Your New Set Of Dentures
You might feel a bit uncomfortable having them in the first week or so. And even eating or speaking with your dentures will take some time to master that. You will become more comfortable with them over time. You may also experience some wear as you have it on, and your age affects the gums which may cause it to loosen over time, making chewing a bit irritating. To maintain proper care, you should see your dentist for a check up at least twice a year.
How To Care For Your Dentures
• Keep the denture wet, and avoid it from drying out. You can also soak them in water. Don’t use hot water to wash your denture.
• Brush your denture the same as you would for your natural teeth to remove stains and food residue.
• Visit your dentist in case of a hole or pain in your gums. And don’t be tempted to repair or adjust the dentures on your own as that may damage them even more.
Jay Elliott, D.D.S., has been creating more comfortable and natural appearing dentures for over 30 years. Please call one of his offices today in Houston or League City to find out how he can help you too!