Dentures by Comfortable Care Dentistry
Comfortable Care Dentistry offers two types of dentures for those with missing teeth. Complete dentures, generally labeled as simply dentures, are used to replace missing teeth for people who have no remaining teeth. Partial dentures, or partials, are used for people who have lost several teeth yet maintain some healthy teeth that are to remain in the mouth. Today’s dentures are much more comfortable and functional than the days of old, providing a very natural appearance and great functionality.
Reasons for Dentures
The main reason people need dentures is because they have lost all or several of their teeth to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or a traumatic injury. It is important to replace missing teeth as the remaining teeth can shift out of place and cause additional problems with the bite. In addition to this, missing teeth can cause a saggy facial appearance and make people look older than they actually are.
To determine whether you are a candidate for dentures, Dr. Kostrzewski will conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums to determine the appropriate treatment plan. In some cases remaining teeth may need to be extracted before the dentures can be placed. Once Dr. Kostrzewski has determined that dentures are right for you, he will take an impression of your gums to ensure the best fit possible for your new dentures. Your complete dentures will replace all teeth in the upper and lower jaws of the mouth. If you are receiving partial dentures the dentures will be constructed around your existing natural teeth.
Adjusting to Dentures
Dentures will take some time to get used to as they are new to your mouth and gums. There will be an adjustment period and you may experience minor soreness as you become accustomed to your new appliance. There may also be a transition period where you will need to relearn how to say certain words with your dentures on.
The bone in our mouths is constantly changing shape, so in the event that you notice your denture is not as snug as usual it is important to have your denture relined. You will need to care for your dentures and practice good oral hygiene and maintain regular visits to our office. During these visits, usually performed once a year, we will examine the fit of your denture and clean off tartar to preserve the functionality of your device and to help you maintain good oral health.
For more information on dentures and partial dentures or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kostrzewski, please contact our office today. Contact Comfortable Care Dentistry 203-951-3153.