Tooth loss can cause all sorts of problems, even with the most common activities like chewing, talking, and smiling. Howard Cetel, DDS, in the Washington Township area of Sewell, New Jersey, offers a range of options for replacing missing teeth, including partial dentures and conventional full dentures. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Dentures are custom-made replacements for multiple missing teeth. Dentures are removable and today’s models are exceptionally comfortable and natural-looking, making them a great treatment option for tooth loss.
There are two main types of dentures to choose from:
Partial dentures are natural-looking false teeth that rest on a framework that attaches to your remaining natural teeth. Not only does this type of denture fill in the gaps left behind by missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from shifting and changing position.
Conventional full dentures are natural-looking false teeth that replace all the teeth in your mouth. A conventional upper denture consists of a plate that covers the roof of your mouth, while a conventional lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe and rests on your gum and bone tissues.
Due to the healing process of your gum tissue and how long it takes to make custom dentures, you can expect to wait 8-12 weeks for a set of conventional dentures.
You should clean your denture daily. Use a special denture-cleaning brush to remove food particles and plaque gently. Doing so will help ensure that your dentures don’t become stained.
Be cautious of aggressive brushing, as this could ultimately damage your dentures. It’s also a good idea to remove your dentures while you sleep and soak them in a denture solution, so they don’t dry out. Don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue, and palate to remove plaque.
Dentures will last you several years but may require relining and rebasing, and in some cases, Dr. Cetel will have to remake them due to normal wear and tear. If your dentures are beginning to feel uncomfortable, or you notice any damage, it’s essential that you speak with him as soon as possible.
If you suffer from missing teeth, dentures could be a viable option for you. Call or book an appointment online with Dr. Cetel today for a comprehensive exam.