A good smile can really leave a great lasting impression. Our teeth, account for some of the biggest features on our face and can play a massive part towards our confidence. A good smile can really make us feel confident. From meeting new people to encounters with old friends; our smiles mean a lot.
This is why so many of us can struggle with our confidence when we lose our teeth. Suddenly we want to smile less, we try to hide our features and we become very self-conscious about our teeth. That is why having dentures can help you bring back your smile; and your confidence along with it.
It does not matter how you lost your teeth; whether is be from tooth decay, periodontal disease, or even an injury – dentures can help you to restore your missing teeth; and of course your smile. However, replacing teeth with dentures does more for you than just restore your confidence and your smile.
Our teeth also affect the way we eat and the way we speak. If we lose our teeth, both of these elements can be affected in quite an adverse manner as well. All of a sudden, the way we speak changes and some of us may find it harder to pronounce certain words and may find ourselves sounding completely different. In addition, the foods we used to enjoy become harder and tougher to eat. We tend to forget about this and take for granted until we lose our teeth of course. A complete denture will replace the natural teeth, and along with helping to provide a great smile, they will also support a person’s lips and cheeks; thus returning the ability to eat and speak in the same way as before. A person’s face may start to sag, making them appear older; however, a denture can bring back this support and can enhance a person’s facial features also.
As with many things in life, not every denture is made equal and there are various types of complete dentures that can help you to regain your teeth once they have fallen out. If you are ever unsure, or if you ever need support, or help in finding the right ones for you then be sure to speak with your dentist. However the majority of the time, a conventional complete denture is made and placed into the patient’s mouth; only once the teeth have been removed and the gums have fully healed of course. You will find that with this type of denture will be supported by a person’s gums, palate, and other mouth muscles. There are also other forms of dentures known as implant-supported dentures in which, the dentures are supported by surgically placed posts. Of course, as mentioned earlier, if you are ever unsure then the best person to speak with will be your dentist.
There is also a chance that you can be quite proactive with your approach to dentures and have what is known as immediate dentures put in. This works when your dentist is able to make your dentures before your teeth have been removed. The dentures are made at a lab and they are sent to a dentist’s office. Your dentist will then be able to remove your teeth and the denture can fit in right away; this option certainly allows for a quick transition between standard teeth and dentures and many users feel little to no transference. This frees up a lot of time as the patient does not have to wait through any healing time. As with many dental procedures, the dentures perhaps may need to be reclined or adjusted and made to fit a person’s mouth more specifically, however, your dentist can help and support you through this process.
Your dentures are completely new, and may take some time to get used to. This is not anything to be worried or concerned about. You will naturally go through a phase of having to grow accustomed and comfortable with them. You will find that as well as feeling odd, your muscles in your face and your mouth will have to adapt to having to hold them in place; all of this may lead to extra saliva in your mouth, and some slight soreness for a week or two.
As we mentioned earlier, the way in which you talk will also feel very peculiar to start with. This will just take some practice and repetition to get back on track. Try practicing with a loved one or in front of a mirror, or in front of a camera perhaps. This is one of the many reasons why your dentist will advise you to keep your dentures in all the time to start with. Eventually, you will get to a stage when you can take your dentures out however for the first couple of weeks the longer you keep your dentures in the faster your body will get used to them.
Finally, always be sure to keep on top of the oral hygiene of your dentures. Just like teeth, you need to keep on top of them daily to ensure the dentures are looked after and that your overall oral hygiene is maintained. To do this, we advise you to take your denture out every single day. Rinse off any excess or leftover food particles and use a special denture toothbrush as normal to scrub them as best you can; many toothbrushes are too harsh and hard for dentures and may cause them to harm so if you do opt for a toothbrush always aim for a soft-bristled toothbrush. The same can be said for standard toothpaste; always use a special denture cleaning soap as these will be less abrasive and will cause less harm for the dentures in the long term. Always remember that despite feeling robust, your dentures are very fragile, require a lot of help and protection to ensure that they last a long time; so take care of them as best you can and always follow your dentist’s advice on their care and treatment.