As a dentist it is really exciting when I can offer my patients a way to improve their quality of life by giving them back the ability to eat, enjoy food and feel confident. It is especially gratifying when all of these things can be accomplished while also giving them back their youthful appearance. I sincerely believe that the way a person feels about how they look directly affects their overall outlook on life.
Dentures have long been used to replace missing teeth. While some people have no problem wearing dentures, many patients simply cannot wear them comfortably for various reasons.
The biggest complaints I get from patients are problems with the fit: the feeling that the denture does not look natural and the idea there is no other alternative but to live with what they have. They think this is simply the best they can do.
Not so! There is an exciting, precise, aesthetically pleasing alternative that can literally change your life: Age Defying Dentures!
There are three basic types of dentures:
- THE ECONOMY DENTURE –These dentures come in sizes small, medium, and large. They are often considered a “temporary” denture.
- THE TRADITIONAL DENTURE – These are a bit more customized to the patient’s individual shape and size of the denture and teeth. For some patients, these types of dentures are fine, but others are looking for something better.
- AGE DEFYING DENTURES – These dentures are made to the patient’s ideal facial proportions. The denture also gives the patient back the facial support that was lost when the teeth were removed and bone structure changed. This will eliminate that sunken-in look. The bite is equilibrated and balanced for effective chewing and the denture holds the jaw in the ideal position to alleviate muscle fatigue and discomfort. It plumps out lips, reduces wrinkles, brings out the chin and reduces the “turkey neck” appearance.
Because of the structural changes that occur in the bone after teeth are removed, a lot of denture wearers have what is referred to as a reverse smile, meaning you mainly see the back teeth, with little to no front teeth showing when the person smiles. Here is an example of a reverse smile:
The technique and technology used in acquiring and creating an Age Defying Denture is far advanced beyond the older, traditional way of making them.
Different steps are used and precise measurements are made to create the perfect bite, balance, and structural support. The difference these techniques make is quite dramatic.
Digital scanning is used to provide a more accurate fit. Another advantage of a digital record of your denture is the ability to provide a fast replacement if ever your denture is lost or broken. In addition, 3D printing allows same-day replacement in some cases.
Notice the change in the appearance of the upper lip, which now has no reverse smile. The front teeth are visible and look natural.
The difference the Age Defying Denture made for this patient is amazing. He looks ten years younger and is ecstatic with the results.
Caring for your dentures
Just like natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance to stay clean and keep bacteria from growing inside your mouth. Keep your dentures clean and your smile healthy by the following:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a clean, folded towel or a sink full of water. If you accidentally drop your dentures, they are less likely to break.
- Your dentures are not immune from plaque and tartar build-up, so it’s important that you brush your dentures every day. To brush your dentures, use a soft-bristled brush and gently sweep the surfaces of the dentures, being careful not to break or bend the plastic. Between brushings, it’s important to rinse your dentures after each meal.
- Use a gentle cleanser to clean your dentures. Many toothpastes, household cleaners, and mouthwashes can be too hard on dentures, so it is recommended that you use a mild hand or dish soap to get your dentures clean. Be sure to check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval to choose products that are safe for your dentures, or ask Dr. Wollschlager about which products may be best for you.
- When you are not wearing your dentures, they need to be kept moist. Dentures that are not kept in a denture cleaning solution or in water can dry out, lose their shape, or even crack and break. Certain styles of dentures require certain soaking solutions, so be sure to ask your dentist which solution is best for you.
- Even if you have a full set of dentures, it’s critical to keep your gums and tongue clean. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush to clean your gums and tongue gently every day.
If by chance your dentures do break, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Broken dentures that don’t fit properly can cause irritation to your gums and mouth.
Also, remember to continue scheduling regular dental checkups every six months to make sure your smile stays healthy for many years to come.