Dental dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth. They can restore your ability to chew and speak properly, and give you the confidence to smile again. Whether you need just a few teeth replaced or a full set, dentures can restore what you've lost and improve your overall look.
There are two basic components to dentures, the artificial teeth and the pink acrylic base that substitutes as the gums. Porcelain and metal may also be used for extra strength and support. Today, a number of combinations of color, size, shape and style are available to give you the custom smile you want in a denture that functions correctly. The best dentures appear and function so naturally that no one will realize they aren't your real teeth!
The key to great dentures is a great fit. Unless dentures fit properly, you won't achieve the necessary suction to hold them in place, making speaking and eating more difficult. It takes time, patience and several visits to design dentures that will satisfy all your needs. Be sure to ask your denture professional lots of questions, and don't be afraid to express your likes and dislikes during the process. After all, when all is said and done, you are the one who has to wear them.
Undoubtedly, the change from natural teeth to dentures takes some getting used to. Initial speech problems are common but soon overcome as you become accustomed to wearing your new dentures. Chewing will take some practice, but remember the old adage; "practice makes perfect"! Sore spots may arise, but proper dental hygiene, and cleaning of your new dentures can reduce this problem greatly. It's a good idea to remove your dentures at night and give your gums time to breathe. Just remember to let the dentures rest in a glass of water to avoid drying out and shrinking. Your denture professional can also make further adjustments to your dentures for a better fit.
Dentures can also provide cosmetic benefits. Properly fitted dentures can help fill out sunken cheeks and reduces wrinkles around the mouth. By adding fullness under the lips, facial lines are often reduced. And everyone knows when you feel great, you look younger!
With all the modern advances in manufacturing and technique, today's dentures are not just false teeth anymore. By enhancing your look and functionality, they may just be a little of that elusive fountain of youth!