Your teeth have many responsibilities. In addition to biting and chewing food, they control air flow when you speak as well as provide you with a beautiful smile. When you suffer tooth loss, whether due to gum disease, facial trauma, or another issue, all of these functions are affected. The more teeth you lose, the worse the effects become. It becomes extremely difficult to enjoy most of your favorite foods. You may become more difficult to understand when you speak. You may hide your smile due to embarrassment. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, Watermark Dentistry can replace them with complete dentures.
Replacing Teeth with Complete Dentures
A complete denture is a treatment used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, whether it is the top arch, the bottom arch, or even both. It is a removable prosthetic device that consists of acrylic resin teeth set into an acrylic gum-colored base. Dentures have been used for hundreds of years. The dentures we use today are a vast improvement over earlier dentures, including those used just a few decades ago. The dentures of today are made to appear much more natural, restoring your smile following tooth loss. The base of a complete denture is made to sit directly on your gums, using the gum tissue for support.
Getting Your Complete Dentures
The process for getting a complete denture typically takes two separate appointments. During your first appointment, we first remove any remaining unhealthy teeth from the arch. Once the teeth have been extracted, we then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to design and create a denture just for you. When your denture is finished and has been sent back, you return for your second appointment. At this appointment, we check your denture to make sure that it fits properly and that your bite is natural. If no adjustments are needed, you leave with your new teeth.
Caring for Your Complete Dentures
Complete dentures do require some special care. Every night, they need to be removed for cleaning. They should be brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaning paste. Do not use regular toothpaste, as it contains abrasives that can cause small microscopic scratches. These scratches can then collect bacteria that can harm your oral health. After brushing your dentures, they should be left out overnight to soak in a denture cleaning solution. Before you go to bed, it is important to brush your gums and other oral tissues. Before putting in your dentures in the morning, brush your gums again and rinse your dentures clean.
What are the Benefits of Complete Dentures?
Complete dentures provide several benefits, including:
With complete dentures, the functions of your missing teeth are restored, as well as your smile and your quality of life. Call Watermark Dentistry at (206) 242-5808 today to learn more and schedule your consultation.