A big, beautiful smile crosses all language barriers. Deep down, we all understand automatically the value of presenting our best face when we meet new people and reacquaint with old friends. However, sadly, not everyone does feel comfortable when sharing their smile. If you are one of the nearly 40 million Americans who need dentures, we here at Tigard Family Dental can help you regain both your confidence and your quality of life by fitting you with a set of comfortable, attractive dentures in our practice.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are a type of restoration that can help you replace your missing teeth. Dentures typically consist of a complete arch of prosthetic teeth, which are set into a pink or flesh-colored acrylic tray. Dentures can fit over your upper arch or your lower arch, or you can get a set for each arch. They are not a permanent restoration option, but they can last you up to a decade if you take good care of them.
The Benefits of Dentures
Most of us do not spend much time thinking about our teeth. The fact is, though, our teeth serve several important functions in our mouth. Not only do they help us look our very best, they also help us bite and chew, lend structure to our faces so they do not sag or appear hollow, and they help us to speak clearly.
Losing your teeth can be devastating. That is why it is so vital to addressing your tooth loss as soon as possible. Getting dentures can help restore your ability to eat your favorite foods once more without pain or discomfort. Your teeth help your face hold its youthful appearance, and dentures can help return the fullness to your face and keep your jowls from drooping. Furthermore, dentures can also make it easier to talk and communicate without impediment.
Who Can Get Dentures?
Many people are good candidates for dentures. Patients who may have better success with dentures are those who do not have any active gum disease. Please be aware that gum disease can occur even in patients who are missing their teeth. If we determine that you do have active gum disease, we may need to treat it before we can proceed with your dentures.
If your tooth loss was recent, there might be a delay before we can complete your final fitting for your dentures. If we had to remove any of your teeth to prepare your mouth for the dentures, the same delays might apply. Because we use a custom mold to cast your dentures, we do need to wait for your gums to heal before we can make your final set of dentures. You may be fitted with temporary dentures while we wait for your final fitting.
Setting Realistic Expectations
There is a learning curve when getting introduced with dentures. You may find that you need to retrain yourself to speak properly with your dentures. This adjustment period is brief, and many people quickly adapt. You may also find that your mouth is generating more saliva than usual at first. This also quickly subsides.
Mild abrasions and some soreness can be expected at first. If you find that you are struggling to adapt to your dentures, please reach out to us, and we can help you with any discomfort you may be experiencing.
Call to schedule your consultation
If you would like to learn more about dentures, or you are ready to set up an appointment with us here at Tigard Family Dental, please give us a call today at (971) 762-1262!