Adult tooth loss weakens gums and causes teeth to become loose and fall out, and fillings weaken over time leading to additional tooth decay and deterioration. Dr. Allison Clark, DMD, at Clark Family Dental in New Lebanon, Ohio, offers full and partial dentures to solve the problem of teeth lost to periodontal or gum disease. To find out if dentures are the appropriate solution, call or make an appointment online today.
False teeth, or dentures, replace missing teeth, restore your smile, and make eating and speaking easier. To wear dentures, you take them out of your mouth in the evening to sleep and put them back in after cleaning them in the morning.
To create your dentures, Dr. Clark makes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental laboratory. From there, you receive one of three types of dentures:
This process starts with Dr. Clark removing any teeth remaining in your mouth. After a few months of healing, you receive fully removable, conventional dentures.
Dr. Clark inserts immediate dentures the same day he removes your remaining teeth, so you’ re never without teeth. When your jaw heals, you come in for another office visit where Dr. Clark realigns your immediate dentures.
When you have viable teeth or implants, Dr. Clark recommends overdentures. Overdentures fit over a few natural teeth and allow Dr. Clark to preserve your jawbone, providing stability and support.
Regardless of the type of dentures you receive, Dr. Clark takes the time to ease your anxiety and explains each step of the process.
Even with no natural teeth left in your mouth, it’s necessary to brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth every morning before inserting your dentures. This routine stimulates circulation and removes plaque.
Handle your dentures with care to avoid breakage. To ensure that your dentures don't dry out, place them in either a denture cleanser solution or plain water when you're not wearing them. Remember to avoid using hot water, because it causes warping.
Before inserting your dentures each morning, use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently remove food or other debris and nonabrasive cleanser to avoid scratches.
Denture adhesives, sold in the form of creams, powders, wafers, and strips, help hold your dentures in place and form a seal to prevent food particles from sticking between your dentures and gums when saliva alone doesn’t do the trick.
Dentures become loose for several reasons, the most common of which is gum shrinkage. Since you no longer need your gums to hold your teeth in place, they diminish. The best way to combat gum shrinkage is to use your jaw as much as possible. Adhesives also help. However, adhesives are not a remedy for poorly fitting dentures. To prevent the development of oral sores from ill-fitting dentures, see Dr. Clark for denture realignment or replacement.
To find out which dentures are best for you and your tooth loss, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Allison Clark, DMD, at Clark Family Dental in New Lebanon, Ohio.