Tooth loss has many causes. Some of the most common causes of tooth loss include trauma, severe tooth decay, periodontal disease and more. If you are missing any of your teeth, this can have serious repercussions on your oral health and your quality of life. Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can restore missing teeth with partial dentures.
Effects of Tooth Loss
Tooth loss has several effects, causing issues such as:
What are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are a traditional treatment for replacing missing teeth. They are a removable prosthesis. They can either be metal free or have a metal substructure.
Adjusting to Your New Partial
There is a bit of an adjustment period involved with partial dentures. It can take a couple of weeks to get used to them, but this initial awkwardness should disappear. If your dentures still feel uncomfortable after a few weeks, it is important to call us.
There are also a few things that you can do to help yourself get acclimated to your new teeth. In the first few weeks, stick to a soft foods diet, avoiding foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy. Once you have grown accustomed to your dentures, you can resume your normal diet. You may also have to relearn to speak with your new partial, but practice will help you acclimate faster.
Caring for Your Partial Dentures
Your partial dentures will require additional care every night. Each night they will need to be removed, brushed, and left to soak while you sleep. First, lay a towel on the counter or fill your sink with water. Remove your partial and brush it with a soft bristled brushe, taking care around the clasps. Finally, brush your natural teeth and your gums before you go to bed. In the morning, rinse your dentures off and set them back in place.
If you are missing teeth, partial dentures can be used to replace those teeth, restoring the functions of your teeth and the aesthetics of your smile. For more information, call Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at (425) 485-4010.