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Tooth loss has many causes. One of the most common causes is advanced gum disease, which weakens your jawbone and your periodontal ligaments. Other causes of tooth loss include facial trauma, severe tooth decay, and bruxism. No matter how you lose your teeth, your entire life is affected. At David Crumpton, DDS, we can replace sections of missing teeth with partial dentures.
What Happens When You Lose Your Teeth?
Tooth loss affects every aspect of your life, impacting your oral health, your appearance, and your quality of life. Several things happen when you lose even just a few teeth.
Partial dentures are a removable prosthesis that is made to replace sections of missing teeth between healthy teeth. They consist of acrylic resin teeth that are set into an acrylic gum-colored base. The base is supported by your gums. Partial dentures also have metal clasps that attach to your healthy teeth, providing additional support and stability.
Your dentures are made from impressions of your mouth. If there are any unhealthy teeth that cannot be saved, these are first removed. After we take impressions, they are sent to our dental lab. There, they are designed and created to the specifications of your mouth. When they are finished, we check them for proper fit, and you can leave with a set of fully functional new teeth.
Getting Used to Your New Dentures
It will take some time getting used to your new dentures. They may feel odd or uncomfortable at first, but this awkwardness typically goes away after a few weeks. If they are still uncomfortable after a few weeks, call our office.
There are a few ways to help get acclimated to your dentures. Stick to a soft foods diet for the first few weeks, avoiding anything hard, crunchy, chewy, or sticky. As you get used to your new teeth, you can begin to resume your normal diet. You will also have to relearn how to speak, but practicing will help.
Your new teeth will require some additional care. Every night, they should be removed for cleaning. First, lay down a towel on the countertop or fill your sink with water. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste or soap and water. Take care of the metal clasps. After you have finished cleaning your teeth, leave them to soak overnight in a denture cleaning solution. Before you go to bed, brush and floss your healthy teeth and clean your gums and tongue. In the morning, rinse your dentures before placing them back in your mouth.
If you are missing sections of teeth, partial dentures can replace them, restoring the functions of your mouth and your quality of life. For more information, and to find out if partial dentures are right for you, call David Crumpton, DDS today at 817-678-7395.