Designed and fitted correctly, full dentures look and function like natural teeth; however, full dentures are removable for proper cleaning, and just like natural teeth, dentures require daily brushing.
Dentures, often times referred to as "false teeth," replace missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth is not new technology. In 700 BC, artisans began replacing missing teeth with teeth that were hand carved from ivory and bone: a tedious and time-consuming process. Luckily, people who want to replace their missing teeth no longer have to wait for crafters to carve teeth for them. Family & Implant Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, can readily manufacture an upper, lower, or a full set of dentures in their office for your convenience. In lieu of the ancient use of ivory and bone, they use a porcelain composite to quickly manufacture your false teeth that fit comfortably and look natural.
Dr. Koch will determine if you require full dentures. For instance, if all of your teeth are missing, full dentures are for you. If some of your teeth are missing and your remaining teeth require dental treatments, then full dentures are for you because Dr. Koch may recommend the extraction of your remaining teeth to give you a complete smile. In addition to creating a prized smile, full dentures improve your eating and speaking abilities. With full dentures, Dr. Koch can create the perfect size, shape, and color of your teeth. At Family & Implant Dental Care, we want you to feel confident when you smile. Sometimes, full dentures are necessary to accomplish that confident feeling.
At Family & Implant Dental Care, we manufacture your custom-made, full dentures. Because the process involved in creating your perfect smile – your set of full dentures – requires the utmost perfection, the process takes more than one visit to our office, usually four or six. During your first visit, Dr. Koch or his hygienist take impressions of your mouth. Later visits are for consultation and fittings. During the consultation visit, Dr. Koch makes recommendations as to the appropriate size, shape, and color your artificial teeth should be; however, the final selection is yours to make, choosing the full dentures that create the smile makeover you desire.
By placing your denture over your gum, you create suction between your gum and the denture. Most times, the suction created is sufficient to hold your denture in place; however, sometimes, you may want to use a bonding agent to secure your false teeth in place. If the suction and adhesive product are ineffective and you still experience constant slipping of the denture, Dr. Koch may recommend dental implants to remedy the slippage situation.
The impression Dr. Koch or his hygienist took of your mouth provided them with the mold they used to manufacture your full dentures. They should fit properly; nevertheless, sometimes they may need to make an adjustment. You should allow at least a month or two for adjustment to your new, full dentures, allowing speaking, eating, and smiling functions to become as natural as if your are using your natural teeth, but if at any time, you have discomfort or notice your top and bottom dentures do not align properly, call our office as soon as possible. We want you to enjoy your new, full dentures without any difficulties.
Following are guidelines to go by in determining a proper fit of your new full dentures and to help you through your adjustment stage.
Do I have a proper fit?
Helpful Aids During the Adjustment Stage
When designed and fitted properly, full dentures look and function like natural teeth; in fact, you should treat them as if they are your natural teeth. You should remove them every day for proper cleaning and daily brushing.
Remember how your natural teeth collected bacteria and created plaque? Well, full dentures collect bacteria and create plaque, too, and plaque still can build up on your gums. Brushing your false teeth and gums gently with a mild soap, a mild dish washing detergent, or baking soda prevents future dental problems. Notice toothpaste was not listed for brushing your dentures. Unlike with your natural teeth, toothpaste can be too abrasive for your new dentures. Family & Implant Dental Care can recommend the appropriate product for cleaning your full dentures.
Yes! We at Family & Implant Dental Care always enjoy seeing our patients. You made the right decision to correct your smile with full dentures, and even though they are false teeth, you still want to schedule dental check ups to protect your dentures and gums. Dr. Koch wants to ward off any potential dental issues. He will want to check the soft tissue of your mouth, including your tongue and cheeks. A dental exam is the perfect opportunity for him to determine any infections or mouth conditions and perform an oral cancer exam. Correcting dental issues at their earliest onset is how Family & Implant Dental Care can maintain your optimal oral health. Based on your specific dental health, Dr. Koch will recommend how often you should visit our office.