Can Just a Few Natural Teeth Improve How Dentures Fit

Most people think that dentures replace all of your natural teeth. They look at them as a full set of teeth. They do not realize it is possible to have dentures even if you have a few natural teeth. In fact, there are some possible benefits to having a few natural teeth in combination with the dentures.

The Dangers of Missing Teeth

Almost everyone will lose some of the teeth at some point in their life. This can happen because of disease, trauma or some other problem. While most people think the biggest problem with missing teeth is the effect they have on the smile, there are other problems to consider.

When teeth are missing, the ones that are left lack some of the support they need. They can shift into a new position or they can become loose. The gums where the teeth are missing from can shrink and change shape. It can also affect the jaw bone. That is why it is important to find a way to replace any teeth that are lost. Dentures are an option even if a person has not lost all their natural teeth.

The Benefits of Dentures with Natural Teeth

It is possible to have dentures made to fit in with the natural teeth. Because dentures are custom made to fit the individual it is easy to include some natural teeth in with the dentures. There are also good reasons for doing it.

The natural teeth are stronger and can provide support for both the dentures and the gums. They can help the gums keep their shape when the dentures are not in place and they can provide a place where the dentures can attach to for additional support.

The key to using natural teeth with dentures is to keep the natural teeth healthy. This means keeping them clean and removing the bacteria through brushing and flossing every day. That will allow a person to have the advantages of both natural teeth and dentures to replace missing teeth.

Contact our office today to learn more about dentures and denture care.

Why You Wear Dentures for the First 48 Hours After Getting Them

When you wear dentures, it is normal practice to take them out at night or at other times during the day. The reason for this is to give your gums and other oral tissues (that bear the dentures) a chance to rest. Taking the dentures out also allows you to clean both them and your mouth.

However, despite these reasons, it is people who get new dentures are required to wear them continuously for the first 48 hours. What is the reason for this? Below is a look at reasons why you should wear your dentures for the first 48 hours after getting them.

Getting Adjusted to the Feeling of New Dentures

Dentures are prosthetic devices that will feel foreign to your mouth when you get them. The feeling can cause you to experience some problems with basic tasks such as eating and speaking. Therefore, once you get the new dentures, it is important for your mouth to adjust to the feeling of the dentures being there, thus allowing you to resume normal functions with your mouth. Wearing your dentures continuously for the first 48 hours makes it easy to do so.

Preventing the Bleeding of Your Gums

If you get dentures the same day your teeth are extracted, there is a chance that you will experience some slight bleeding within the first 24 hours or so. During this period, the dentures act as a bandage, with the pressure they insert on the gums suppressing the bleeding.

Problems with Your New Dentures? Call Us for Help

During the first 48 hours when you are required to wear your dentures, it might be possible to experience some discomfort, and even slight swelling of the gum. This, combined with the foreign feeling in your mouth, can tempt you to remove the dentures. However, you should desist from doing so. In the event that the discomfort or swelling is excessive, contact us immediately and let us help you get adjusted.