The end goal of all patients should be to keep their natural teeth their entire lives. Good oral hygiene and consistent dental visits can go a long way to achieving this result. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are times when retaining our own teeth is no longer possible.
Brushing your teeth after meals with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day is essential. These two habits can help to prevent tooth decay and delay the need for dentures as long as possible. However, as time passes, you may notice signs that signal it may be time to get dentures. The following symptoms are issues you need to discuss with your dental team:
- Severe and painful toothaches that are fairly regular in their occurrence.
- Gum inflammation with redness, tenderness, bleeding or swelling.
- Teeth that feel loose or are shifting.
- Large gaps of missing teeth.
After deciding to get dentures, your dentist will pull your remaining teeth. You will get the dentures weeks or a few months later. A period of time is required to allow gums to heal. Traditional dentures are removable; a sticky adhesive is used to affix them into your mouth for daily use.
On the other hand, partial dentures are removable, but are made to replace multiple missing teeth. The absent teeth are surrounded by healthy natural teeth. They are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps, which are more natural looking.
Overdentures and dental implants are solid options for filling in missing gaps. These procedures do not require extraction of all your teeth to make room for full dentures. Overdentures are custom made to fit over your natural teeth after they are prepared by your dentist.
Mini dental implants made of titanium screws can be used to secure dentures into your jawbone where your teeth are missing. Mini dental implants provide better stabilization for full removable dentures than adhesives. This makes them a much more convenient choice.
Getting dentures provide other benefits besides replacing missing teeth. Dentures also help prevent remaining teeth from shifting and causing additional pain. In addition to better oral health, you will also have clearer speech, a better facial appearance, and a more even smile.
The best way to make the healthiest transition from natural teeth to dentures is to take good care of your mouth throughout your lifetime. Make sure you see your dentist regularly. In the Chicago suburb of Glenview, please call the office of Dr. Malik at (847) 724-1771 for any questions regarding dentures. The doctor and his experienced staff can address all your dental concerns.