The technology of complete and partial dentures has dramatically changed in the past few years. People who are thinking about getting dentures for the first time, or replacing their old, inferior dentures will be in for a nice surprise.
Everywhere you look now you see smiles that are so much “whiter” than we ever thought possible. There are so many teeth whitening products available today that we can now actually change the shade of natural teeth so that your smile can be “dazzling white”. Whiter shades are now available for partial and denture teeth. The shade of existing denture teeth cannot be changed, but if you have been thinking it’s time to replace an existing partial or dentures you could certainly go with a whiter shade of teeth!
There are now more options when considering dentures. There are dentures that are anchored to implants for a more secure fit. The implants are placed into the bone structure of the mouth and the denture “snaps” onto the implants but can still be easily removed. This is quite important for chewing, speaking, and keeping the denture in place. Ask a person who has a lower denture and chances are they will agree. There can be difficulties with a lower denture, even with the best made conventional dentures, because the anatomy of the human mouth makes it quite difficult for a lower denture to fit properly.
What to Expect with Your New Denture
Complete or partial dentures are less than perfect replacements for natural teeth. If a person has reasonable expectations and recognizes that there will be an adjustment period, dentures can be comfortable to wear.
- Full Feeling: When new dentures are first placed they may feel like a mouth full. When a person has been without teeth for a while, the inside of the cheeks and tongue can become slightly fuller and unsupported facial structures and muscles may have become sunken. Your new denture will add support to these tissues and muscles and you should adapt quickly. As you become more comfortable with your dentures you may find that your appearance seems more youthful.
- Speech: If you make an effort to speak slowly and clearly, your tongue and other muscles will quickly adjust to your new denture. It is helpful to practice speaking by reading a book or newspaper aloud carefully pronouncing each word.
- Sore Spots: Irritations can be expected as your new denture settles in. You may require several adjustment visits to work these out.
- Chewing: Start off by chewing small pieces of soft food and gradually increase the firmness of the food over the next several weeks. The front teeth on dentures are primarily for esthetics and speech and are not as functional for biting into or chewing food as the back teeth.
If you are interested in more information about dentures or partials, please feel free to contact our office.