Missing Teeth Replaced with Dentures in London
People lose their teeth for many reasons, including neglect and genetics. London dentists can use dentures to replace these teeth. Edentulism (lack of teeth) is correlated with lower self-esteem and life quality. Adults who are missing their teeth, are also less likely to attend social functions due to embarrassment, and don’t want to eat, speak, or smile in public. Missing teeth can affect facial support and lead to drooping cheeks. This can make you look many years older than your true age. By wearing a well designed denture, made by your London dentist, you can feel confident and improve your lifestyle without worrying about what people think.
Dentures are dental appliances that can be removed that will replace your missing teeth, and are fabricated individually for each patient. They help the patient look, feel, and function well. They look very realistic and should fit comfortably. Several types of dentures include partial and full dentures. Partial dentures are fabricated if some teeth remain and they are in good condition. Partial dentures are clasped onto existing sound teeth and will keep the denture and the teeth from shifting. Your London dentist can supply many cosmetic choices when replacing missing teeth.
Full upper dentures create suction with the palate that will hold it in place. Full lower dentures don’t use really use suction to keep them secure. This is because the mouth and tongue muscles are moving during speech and eating. A denture adhesive may have to be used to keep full lower dentures in place. That’s why it is important to keep your teeth if at all possible. Your London dentist may have other options for you. Dental implants or miniature denture implants (MDIs) can be placed into your oral bone, and your dentures can be snapped into place securely. Dentures secured by dental implants or MDIs will give you a more secure feeling and you won’t have to use denture adhesive or be nervous that your dentures will be loose or fall out, consequently improving your confidence in both private and public situations.
Make sure to keep your dentures clean. Remove them while you sleep to rest your soft tissues. Brush your dentures with a special denture brush when you remove them, and soak them in cold water. You can also buy cleaning tablets for your dentures to add to the water. DON’T USE BLEACH! Brush the dentures prior to placing them back into your mouth. If the denture contains a lot of calculus build-up and debris that you are having trouble removing, visit your London dentist to have your dentures cleaned properly. It’s important for you to have regular dental check-ups, even if you don’t have any natural teeth in your mouth. They will check your soft tissues and implants if you have any, and also check for oral cancer. If there is shrinkage of the gums and underlying bone, your London dentist will reline your denture to make sure that it fits more snug. Loss dentures can cause gum sores and irritation. Dentures last quite awhile if properly maintained. However, your London dentist may suggest a new denture if your denture is very old and defective.