If have lost a tooth, you may be feeling very self-conscious. The good news is, even though you may be missing a tooth, you don’t have to lose your smile. In fact, now might be a good time to discuss your options with George Mui, DDS, of Gentle Dental Care in Mt. Prospect, IL.
Dr. Mui may suggest dentures. A denture is a prosthetic device designed to replace lost teeth and help restore your smile. Dentures are removable, rather than permanent. This means you choose when and for how long you wear them. If you have lost most or all of your teeth, your Mt. Prospect dentist can design a full denture for you. He may recommend a partial denture if you have only lost a few of your teeth.
The important thing is that you take proactive steps when facing tooth loss. When you lose teeth, a number of negative things happen. Speaking and eating becomes much more difficult. Your facial muscle sag, making you appear older. Most importantly, jawbone tissue recedes and erodes.
This not only makes daily living more difficult, it can erode your self-confidence.
Wearing dentures can help your face fill out again. Because dentures are made to your particular needs and specifications, they not only restore your smile but in many cases, they can actually improve it.
Each individual’s needs differ, but generally, there are three types of dentures. A conventional denture is a full set of prosthetic teeth, made specifically for you. They are placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and all tissues have healed. This can take several months. However, you don’t have to live without teeth during the healing period.
Your Mt. Prospect dentist can make an immediate denture, a temporary denture inserted the same day your teeth are removed. As tissues heal, however, surfaces in your mouth may change and these dentures may need to either be relined or remade. Follow-up visits to your dentist will take care of these issues.
If some of your teeth can be saved, Dr. Mui may suggest an overdenture, which is designed to fit over the remaining teeth or even dental implants.
It may take a little time for you to become accustomed to your new dentures, but as your mouth adapts to them any problems such as soreness, looseness, or increased saliva flow should go away.
Don’t let tooth loss take away your smile. For more information call Dr. Mui at Gentle Dental Care in Mt. Prospect at 847-253-5901.