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Few people make it through life without losing one or more of their teeth. It is unfortunate, especially since most dental diseases and decay are highly preventable. Fortunately, dentures can help replace missing teeth and restore the aesthetic and function of your smile.

Common Causes of Tooth Loss

The leading cause of tooth loss is poor oral hygiene. In turn, this leads to periodontal disease, decay, infection, and tooth loss. Other reasons that can cause tooth loss include congenital absence, tooth grinding, smoking or drinking, and trauma. Tooth loss itself also causes more tooth loss as the jawbone weakens and remaining teeth shift and loosen.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable prosthetics used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. These prosthetics have come a long way from the ill-fitting false teeth you might be accustomed to. They now come in a variety of materials, each one specifically designed to meet your unique needs. There are two common types of dentures, partial and complete. Most often these are made from an acrylic resin. Dental laboratory technicians mold dentures from impressions of your mouth, so they fit and function perfectly.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures?

There are several factors Dr. Calise will consider when evaluating you for dentures. However, almost anyone who has lost one or more teeth is a good candidate for dentures. Dr. Calise will evaluate the health of your remaining teeth and gums. He will also account for lifestyle choices that might impact the success of your dentures, like smoking. Those who do not make good candidates are those with atrophied jawbones, chronic dry mouth, a sensitive gag reflex, or those with chronic bruxism (teeth grinding).

What Will New Dentures Feel Like?

As you might imagine, getting new dentures will feel odd and a little loose at first. This is because your cheek and tongue muscles have to adjust to keeping them in place. Eating and speaking will prove difficult in the beginning. It will also take some practice before you feel comfortable inserting and removing them. You will notice some soreness and an increase in saliva flow. However, these problems will diminish as soon as your mouth adjusts to the new dentures.

Caring for Dentures

You will get specific instructions from Dr. Calise during your appointment. However, here are a few tips to follow to help keep your dentures in the best condition:

  • Always rinse your dentures before brushing to remove loose food and debris.
  • Choose a soft bristle brush and non-abrasive cleansers to gently clean the surface of your prosthetics.
  • Clean your mouth thoroughly, including your tongue, to reduce the risk of infection, irritation, and bad breath.
  • Put your dentures in safe place, submerged in water, when you are not wearing them.
  • If you use adhesive products always read the labels and use them as directed.

Choose Dr. Calise for Modern Dentures

If you are curious about dentures or want to come in for an evaluation, call our Avalon Dental Clinic at 310-510-0322. We are ready to help, whatever the current condition of your teeth.