Do you have a few missing teeth? You might think it’s just a problem with how your smile looks, but that’s bad enough right there. Missing teeth can also be a dental health hazard. Go without those teeth long enough, and you could have a higher risk of cavities, and your other teeth could grow crooked.
That’s why you need to call our Roseville, CA dental office today at 916-945-9985 and schedule an appointment for dentures. You can replace a full arch with full dentures or just a few teeth in a row with partial dentures. Because Dr. Miller holds a Mastership with the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics, he has advanced training in restoring your smile.
The reason dentures have been around for a long time is that they work. When you’re missing a single tooth, a dental implant might be in order. But when you’re missing much more, dentures can give you the replacement teeth you need. With dentures, you can look normal and eat foods you love again.
As with just about everything in life, you need to take proper care of your dentures. Otherwise, you risk having pain when you chew or having to get new ones because your old dentures aren’t working right anymore. Here’s how you can get the most out of your investment in dentures.
1. Take them out at night. Unless you have implant-supported dentures and cannot remove them at home, you should always remove your dentures at night. Dentures rest on your gums. Taking them out helps your gums relax and gives your gum tissue time to rest. It also lets saliva wash over your gums. This keeps them moist as they should be and can wash away food particles that might have collected there.
2. Clean them every day. Just because dentures are not your natural teeth doesn’t mean you don’t have to take care of them. Food can get stuck in them too. Dentures can even get plaque. You won’t get cavities in dentures, but the same bacteria can cause gum disease. Your dentures can also get stained, losing the healthy white color they started with. All of that is why you need to clean your dentures every day. This will help you keep your dentures white and your gums healthy for a long time. It can also make sure you don’t have a problem with bad breath because of your dentures.
3. Use cold or lukewarm water. Many people think very hot water is necessary to sterilize dentures. While it can help, there’s a greater risk of harm. Hot water can slightly warp your dentures because they aren’t made to soak in such temperatures for long. This warping can make your dentures fit improperly.
4. Be gentle when you handle them. Dentures are tough. They are made to withstand all of the chewing you do each day. That does not mean they are impervious, though. You could hurt your dentures by dropping them on a hard floor. You could also just handle them too roughly. Treat them carefully to make sure they will last a long time for you.
5. Keep them moist. Dentures are made with the idea that they’ll always be wet. Between drinks and saliva, that’s true. When you take them out, don’t put them somewhere to dry out. Place them in a soaking solution or cold water. Again, do not use hot water. Soaking is best done when you take them out each night to give your gums a break.
6. Consider implant-retained or implant-supported dentures. Full dentures that replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth work great. For some people, though, these can slide around during eating. It’s rare, but they can even fall out. That’s because they are not permanently secured to your gums. Instead, they use adhesive and the shape of the gum-colored base to stay in your mouth.
At our Roseville, CA dental office, we can use dental implants to hold onto your dentures. Implant-retained dentures use ball-and-socket joints to snap in place. They can be removed for easy cleaning. Implant-supported dentures are a little more secure but cannot be removed at home.
7. Visit our dental office every six months like normal. Just because you have full dentures doesn’t mean you never have to visit the dentist again. Dr. Miller is a holistic dentist, so he can help keep your mouth and body healthy. By visiting him regularly, you can make sure your gums are free from disease and that your dentures are holding up well.
Call Advanced Dental Concepts today at 916-945-9985 and schedule your appointment to replace lost teeth with full or partial dentures.