Complete and Partial Dentures
If you are missing teeth in your mouth, dentures are a great option for you, especially if you are unable to have dental implants. Many patients choose dentures because they are easy to put in your mouth, able to be removed, and easy to take care of overall. Dentures do not require any type of surgical procedure, which makes them a good option for those who want to avoid it. There are two types of dentures you can choose from and that includes partial and complete. A partial denture is one that replaces a few of your missing teeth, which means you would still have other teeth within your mouth. Complete dentures are opposite of that and they replace all of the teeth in your mouth.
Dentures are made from durable materials and you do have some options available to you when you come into our La Habra office. The first option is a Valplast denture, which is made from a flexible type of acrylic. This denture is favored by patients because it is flexible and moves and conforms to the mouth easily. The second option is a metal framed denture, which is the most common type. This one is flexible as well, but not as flexible as acrylic. Often times, metal frames need adjustments throughout your life, so bear this in mind.
Dr. Cho wants you to be confident in your decision to choose dentures. This means that if you are missing any or all of your teeth, you may want to consider them as an option. When you are unable to receive dental implants, dentures are the next option. When you are missing teeth, you want to make sure they are replaced. This is because if you do not replace them, your bone will shrink and your face may begin to change shape over time. To prevent this from happening, you need to have a tooth replacement option in place.
When you have dentures in your mouth, your bone will still shrink a bit, but you will not experience the facial change, as you would without teeth.
Immediate and Conventional Dentures Explored
When it comes to your denture options, you have one that needs to be made. Do you want immediate or conventional dentures? Immediate dentures are placed within your mouth the moment your teeth have been extracted. This option is typically chosen by those who need to go back to work or those who need to speak out loud and perform in front of people. It is important for you to know that immediate dentures do have to be adjusted over time and they will continue to need adjustments until your bone is no longer shrinking.
Conventional dentures are opposite of immediate dentures. These ones go into your mouth and they can be removed, but they are not placed in your mouth until AFTER your gums have healed. This way, no additional adjustments are needed and you can enjoy your dentures once they are placed in your mouth. The downside to this option is that you will have no teeth until your mouth has healed.
What to Expect with Your Dentures
When you place your dentures into your mouth, you may find that they are a bit uncomfortable at first. This is normal and it will take you some time to get used to them. Dr. Cho is always here for you and will look over your dentures to ensure that they are in your mouth properly.
You will find that you need to practice speaking and eating when you have your dentures in. This will take some time and you do need to be patient with it.
The biggest problem that patients run into with new dentures is that their tongue feels odd or touches the dentures when they speak. It will take time and practice for this to feel normal again. Once you are used to the feeling, you will never have to worry about it bothering you again.
Another thing to pay attention to is that you may have some soreness and irritation for a few days when you first get your dentures. If you experience any problems, we welcome you to come into our La Habra office. Your dentures may need to be adjusted or realigned to help ensure the irritation stops.
You will need to see Dr. Cho for follow up visits to ensure your dentures have not become warped or shifted.
Caring for Your Dentures
Your dentures are false teeth, but this does not mean that you can simply not take care of them. You do need to care for them properly to ensure they remain in good condition. If you do neglect them, they may become stained, warped, or they may irritate your mouth.
It is important that you take the time to brush and floss your dentures, as you would with your teeth. Food can still become trapped in your dentures and lead to staining. If you do not know how to care for your dentures, Dr. Cho is able to show you how. Here are some tips to help you out:
- Rinse your dentures after every meal. You want to make sure you brush them thoroughly and then rinse them again to remove all food particles.
- Put the dentures into a cleaning solution made for your dentures. Once you have let them sit in the solution for the recommended amount of time, remove them and rinse them off. You should then place them in a dry place.
- Once your dentures are clean, make sure you brush and clean your gums, tongue, and cheeks. Avoidance of this will lead to bad breath and mouth irritation.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are in need of a dental appointment, contact Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry today and come visit us in our La Habra office. Dr. Cho is ready to speak with you and provide you with the dental care you need for your mouth.
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