Tooth decay, gum disease, or even trauma can wreak havoc on your teeth – and for some people, this damage means extensive tooth loss – and dentures.
Designed to replace some or all of your teeth, dentures are a versatile tooth restoration option that have been popular for hundreds of years – and it seems that every decade they get a little more modern and natural looking – today, when you look at someone wearing dentures, you may not even be able to tell! If they are fitted properly, dentures look almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can restore a natural, more youthful appearance and your ability to eat and speak. They can even help to plump out facial wrinkles. Dentures are a great treatment option for many people.
At North Babcock Dental Care, we’ve had patients ask us after getting full upper and lower dentures why they need to continue visiting every year for checkups. Dentures are immune to tooth decay, and with no gum tissue hugging your natural teeth, you don’t have to worry about gum disease. Unless they break or wear out, many people think that dental care isn’t important once you start wearing a full set of dentures.
Regular Dental Care With Dentures
We always recommend annual checkups to ensure that your oral health and special home care routines are giving you the best advantages. Because natural tooth roots stimulate your jaw bones, when you wear dentures your jawbones will recede over time. Your yearly checkups allow us to stay on top of these changes, so you don’t have to deal with loose dentures as you also lose jawbone. This can cause your dentures to feel slip, click, and look unnatural. We can fix this with a denture reline – that’s resurfacing the tissue part of the denture that sits against your gums.
But, if it’s been five years or more since your last fitting, though, consider that a denture update can overcome many smile-stopping problems…
- Replace loose, wobbling dentures that interfere with your ability to speak, eat, and socialize. Ill-fitting dentures can cause poor digestion and dietary problems as well as irritated and soft gums that can lead to infections.
- Restore surfaces damaged by wear and tear, clenching, and grinding that leave your smile looking worn down – and you looking worn out. Bite issues can create headaches, and neck and jaw joint pain.
- Rejuvenate your smile by eliminating unsightly yellowing and stains from aging denture materials.
- Rebuild lost volume and support in your lip and mid-facial areas to diminish lines, telltale sagging, and a sunken “toothless” appearance due to premature bone loss.