As advanced and lifelike as they are, you may still feel a bit of apprehension about having to wear dentures for the first time in your life. Nevertheless, if you’ve lost enough teeth to require partial or full dentures, then you may be surprised at how much they can improve your confidence and quality of life. To help you understand their importance, and how to improve them with dental implants, we answer a few of the more common questions about dentures and replacing your lost teeth.
Can I eat the same foods I used to with dentures?
It may take you a bit to grow used to wearing your dentures, but once you do, you will be able to eat the same foods you used to, provided you care for and clean your dentures properly. Like your natural teeth, you should periodically clean food particles from your dentures with a denture-specific toothbrush and paste.
How long will my dentures last?
How long dentures last depends on a number of factors, including the type of dentures you receive and how well you care for them. Still, most conventional dentures will require replacement after several years of wear and tear, though you can improve their durability by securing the appliances on a series of dental implants.
How do implants secure my dentures better?
Dental implants are small, titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone, replacing the roots of the teeth that you’ve lost. While traditional dentures are designed to rest comfortably on top of your dental ridge, the base that supports the replacement teeth is secured with advanced adhesives. By contrast, dental implants provide anchors embedded in the jawbone, eliminating the risks of your dentures becoming loose and shifting while you eat and speak.
ABOUT YOUR SHREWSBURY DENTISTS:
At Modern Dentistry, Todd A. Pizzi, DDS, and Luciana Messina, DDS, are dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry services to patients and families in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your next appointment, contact our office by calling (508) 842-6356 today.