For those of us who end up having to get dentures, it can be quite an adjustment – to put it lightly. However, at Audubon Dental Center, we provide compassionate care to ensure patients who need dentures are able to achieve functionality and normalcy in order to have the most comfortable transition into dentures possible.
Types of Dentures
There are three types of dentures a patient might need: Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures, and Implant-Supported Dentures. Complete dentures are made for patients who need their entire set of teeth replaced, while partial dentures are made for patients who still have natural teeth remaining. Implant-Supported Dentures solve the most common complaint of denture wearers: movement during chewing and speaking. Several implants are placed in a patient’s jaw and dentures are made to clip onto those implants, which greatly improves the comfort and fit of the denture.
Adjusting to Dentures
Whether you need complete or partial dentures, the transition will require some major adjustments. It is a good idea to eat soft foods until you become more comfortable with a new denture. It is also imperative to work on perfecting your speech with a new denture, since speech can often be affected with each new set. Adjustments are made by your dentist to improve the comfort of a new denture as it settles into place.
Caring for Your Dentures
Invest in a high-quality denture cleaner. Your dentures need to be cleaned to rid them of bacteria and calculus, which can still form on the dentures if not properly cleaned. Dentures are an investment, so it’s a great idea to take care of that investment as best as you can. Nobody wants to have to pay for replacement dentures due to neglect!
Eating with Dentures
Many patients have unrealistic expectations regarding their ability to eat with dentures. Although technology and advances in dentistry have made it possible for denture patients to eat many of the foods patients with natural teeth enjoy, it takes quite a bit of practice and a lot of patience to learn to eat with a new set.
If you have any questions about living with dentures, what to expect from the experience, or to get more information about your oral health situation, contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation. We treat patients from all walks of life, providing innovative oral health services for the entire family.