If you are unfortunate enough to have missing teeth, you should consider replacement as quickly as possible. When left untreated, full or partial tooth loss can affect a person’s self-image and increase the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders. Fortunately, Dr. David W. Goris offers a variety options to replace missing teeth including full and partial dentures in his Indianapolis dentist office. They provide an affordable solution to missing teeth, which can make chewing and speaking less difficult. With modern dentistry, we are able to design dentures that look like your natural teeth and fit comfortably and securely in your mouth.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are custom made artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth and some of the gum tissue. They are made in a dental lab with impressions of your mouth for a custom fit. There are complete dentures for when all your teeth are missing and partial for when there are only a few natural teeth remaining. They are not permanent meaning your artificial teeth are removed and put back in daily for care and maintenance. Wearing dentures will take some time to get used because they are bulky. Dentures may feel uncomfortable because they cover a large portion of your mouth depending on the type you need. Oftentimes, they may slip around or may not fit correctly leaving you with the worry of falling out.
How to Care for Dentures
A denture will require a lot of care. For most types, you will need to apply a gooey adhesive every time you wear them to hold them in your mouth. There are several types of denture adhesives on the market so you will have to find the one that works for you by trial and error. It’s important to handle your them with extreme care because they can possibly break if dropped. You can never let them dry out so they should be soaked overnight in water (avoid hot water which can distort them). Maintaining a clean denture will involve brushing them at least once a day. The denture cleanser you use should never be put in your mouth so you should thoroughly rinse them after each cleaning or soak. They will also need replaced, realigned, or rebased over time.
Types of Dentures
- Full Dentures are for patients missing an entire arch of teeth. They are typically made of plastic base that is colored to blend in with the gums. This base is designed to stay in place by forming a seal with your gums.
- Partial Dentures are either made with a plastic base or metal framework that will support the number of teeth missing. These are designed to stay in place with clasps and rests that will form around the remaining teeth.
- Implanted Supported Dentures are the superior option for patients missing teeth and their oral health. Dr. Goris offers full services for the dental implant procedure in the comfort of his Indianapolis dentist office. Implant dentures are permanently attached to the jaw using as few as four dental implants. Dentures secured by dental implants eliminate the need for glues, adhesives, soaks, or rinses and restores normal chewing function. No more worrying about them slipping around in your mouth or fearing that they will fall out. Implants also help to prevent bone loss in your jaw bone.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are missing teeth and interested in getting dentures in the Indianapolis, IN and Greenwood, IN area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Goris. He will discuss your cosmetic goals and budget concerns to determine which kind is right for you.