Effects of Missing Teeth
There are several negative consequences of missing some or all of your teeth;
- First, missing teeth will affect the esthetics of your face. Not only will your smile be affected by the gaps from missing teeth, but if you’re missing too many teeth, the skin around your mouth won’t be supported properly and will start to sag, making you appear older than you are.
- Additionally, missing teeth will make it more difficult to chew your food properly and may even affect the way you speak.
- Missing even one tooth may have emotional consequences; many people feel less confident about their smile when they are missing teeth.
- Finally, missing teeth is results to malignment. Presence of gaps in the jaw allow teeth to move so as to occupy the existing space hence distorted alignment of teeth in the jaw
Replacments options for missing teeth are;
- Dental Implants
- Dental Bridges
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Dentures take time to get used to and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted.
When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Dentures can be used to replace the entire set of teeth or just a few.
Types of Dentures
- Conventional. This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several weeks.
- Immediate. This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or adjusted after your jaw has healed.
- Overdenture. Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function.
Feeling weird after having your Dentures, no worries.
New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments with the dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your dentist.
How to care for your Dentures
Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining. PS; Dentures should be cleaned outside the mouth
- Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to gently brush all the surfaces of the dentures so they don’t get scratched.
- When brushing, clean your mouth thoroughly—including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque. This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.
- When you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in a safe place covered in water to keep them from warping.
- See your dentist if dentures break, chip, crack, or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself — this can damage them beyond repair.
Now that you know about dentures, be sure to contact us for assessment and fit for dentures. Our doctors will take good care of you. call 0700609078 or 0731609078 to book your appointment with us.