After adult tooth loss, whether it’s a single tooth or several, one of the most difficult adjustments is how to eat. What was once second nature becomes much more challenging when your smile is incomplete. Thankfully, there are a number of restorative dentistry options to help complete a smile cosmetically, and to restore its full function. Dentures, partial or full, are one such option. And if you’ve shied away from them because of what you think you know about dentures, it’s time to reconsider.
Are Dentures Comfortable and Secure?
- Modern-day dentures are made to suit your smile and give you confidence as you speak and chew. You shouldn’t have to worry about them falling out or shifting during a meal, or while you’re conversing with your friends or family.
- Though some dentures can be held in place by the shape and natural suction of your mouth’s structure, many patients opt to use denture adhesives to further secure them in place.
- Another, even more permanent alternative to adhesives, is through the use of implant dentistry. In this option, your partial or full denture is held in place by a titanium post surgically inserted into your jaw. If you want to get back to life as normal, few restorative options offer as much confidence and security as a dental implant.
Caring for Your Dentures
Taking good care of your dentures will become just as important as caring for your smile itself. Proper denture care involves daily brushing, but with a mild denture cleaner rather than toothpaste, which can be too abrasive. You’ll also need to rinse your dentures after each meal, and make sure to leave them in a soaking solution overnight to help them maintain their precise shape.
With good dental hygiene and proper denture care, you can enjoy your newly restored smile for many years.