Dentures can restore a functional, natural-looking smile with cosmetic dentures that are designed to blend with your natural appearance and facial structure. Dr. Tara Levesque replaces missing teeth with dentures in her Nashua, NH, dental office.
Full and partial dentures will restore oral health and daily quality of life with such things as improving speech and the ability to enjoy a healthy diet as well as confidence in your overall appearance. Dr. Levesque can help achieve a timeless and healthy smile that will also restore natural function after tooth loss.
What are the different types of dentures?
Dentures are synthetic replacements for missing natural teeth. Dentures are designed to replace a few missing teeth or replace all of your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues. The different types of dentures can help restore a smile and provide support for sagging facial muscles, restore speech, and make it possible for normal biting and chewing functions. Partial dentures are similar to a dental bridge, and a partial denture replaces several consecutive missing teeth. Full dentures are used to replace all of a person’s upper or lower teeth.
How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
It usually takes between six and eight weeks following a tooth extraction for dentures to be placed. Each patient is unique. Some patients will have to wait more than a couple of months, while others will find as little as a month of waiting. Some patients have opted to have immediate dentures placed after they have their extraction.
How many hours a day should you wear your dentures?
During the first few days, it’s advised to wear your dentures most of the time, including while sleeping to get used to the dentures. The tissues under the dentures need a rest period of six to eight hours each day. After your mouth gets used to the dentures, it is necessary to remove them before going to bed. Removing your dentures at bedtime allows your gums to rest and helps keep your mouth healthy. It also gives you a chance to soak and clean your dentures of all bacteria.
Do dentures feel normal?
People have different levels of pain tolerance and mouths of different sizes, and with that comes different expectations. You will begin to feel more ‘normal’ after about 30 days. During this time, having some soreness and discomfort as your mouth heals is normal. It will take some time, but you can become accustomed to having a foreign object in your mouth. You may experience a temporarily increased saliva flow that will settle as you become accustomed to the dentures.
If you are in need of dentures or are not sure if they are the right solution for you, call (603) 547-9203 or schedule an appointment with us online! Our patients are always free to discuss their concerns and goals for their oral health in a worry-free environment. We offer personalized, compassionate dental care, and work with patients who suffer from dental anxiety to help them get back to enjoying their smile once again.