Dentures replace teeth you have lost due to trauma to the mouth or had extracted due to decay or another oral health issue. Dr. Teuscher places both full and partial dentures at Two Rivers Dentistry. Full dentures provide you with a removable set of upper and lower replacement teeth while partial dentures replace one or more teeth on the same arch. Dentures serve many purposes, including:
- Improves the appearance of your smile
- Prevents facial sagging
- Reduces the chances of developing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Helps to make speech more clear
- Improves the strength of your bite and your chewing ability
- Prevents any remaining teeth from moving towards the open position
Dr. Teuscher will let you know if removable dentures are the best option for you when you come in for a consultation.
Getting Dentures at Two Rivers Dentistry
The process of getting new dentures requires you to come in for several appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Teuscher takes several X-rays along with an impression of your remaining teeth and gums. This helps him plan your course of treatment. He sends detailed information to our dental laboratory so the technicians can create your customized dentures. When your new replacement teeth are ready, someone from our office will contact you to come in for a fitting.
A complete set of upper dentures remain in place by the natural suctioning power of the roof of your mouth. The muscles of the cheeks, lips, and tongue enable lower dentures to stay in your mouth. Dr. Teuscher attaches the replacement teeth to a removable device when you receive partial dentures. It is similar to wearing a retainer.
It can take several weeks for you to become accustomed to wearing dentures. Even when you become frustrated and want to take them out, we urge you to resist the urge to do so. This will make it take even longer for you to feel comfortable wearing dentures. Dr. Tuescher or a member of his staff will provide you with complete aftercare instructions, including tips on getting used to wearing your new dentures.
Care and Longevity of Dentures
To care for your new dentures, you need to purchase special cleaning tablets, place one in a cup of water, and soak your dentures in them overnight. It is also important to rinse and brush your dentures regularly. You should expect your dentures to last around five years before requiring replacement. This is due to wear from biting down, natural degradation, and changes in your gums and bone that cause them not to fit properly anymore. Our staff will discuss all aspects of denture care once you have completed your final fitting, including what you can do to make them last longer than the average.