A missing tooth or teeth can keep you from having a complete, beautiful smile. Fortunately, Big Smile Dentistry offers dentures, which are removable replacements for missing teeth, so that you can smile with confidence. An expert in making seamless, realistic dentures, Rasmi Akel, DDS in Greenacres and Lake Worth, Florida loves improving the smiles of his patients.
There are two types of dentures: partial and complete. Dr. Akel uses complete dentures when an entire row of teeth must be replaced, while partial dentures only replace select teeth. There are many reasons a patient may want dentures, including:
No matter what the reason, dentures are a viable solution for restoring your smile.
Dentures are made through a series of impressions from your jaw. Dr. Akel starts by taking measurements of your jaw and your bite, and then examines the space between your upper and lower jawbones.
With the information that he has collected from those measurements, Dr. Akel will then coordinate with a dental laboratory to construct dentures that fit your mouth perfectly. If they don’t fit correctly, he can make adjustments to the dentures.
You should handle your dentures with care by brushing and rinsing them gently with hand soap or a mild dishwashing liquid. Toothpaste or other cleaning agents may be too abrasive for dentures.
You should also use a toothbrush specially made for cleaning dentures. Be gentle while brushing, not to damage or bend the dentures, and rinse your dentures once after every meal.
Dentures should be kept moist when you're not wearing them, so they should be placed in a denture cleaning solution or water during this time. Never place them in hot water, as it can warp their shape.
You should visit Dr. Akel once every six months for a regular cleaning and ensure the dentures still fit.
The dentures will look just like your natural teeth. Your cheeks and tongue may take awhile to adjust and keep your dentures in place.
Eating may be difficult during this time so you should chew slowly, making sure to use both sides of your mouth. You need to be cautious with sticky and hard foods which can damage your dentures.
In some cases, patients experience difficulty speaking in the first few weeks after getting dentures, but this tends to subside.
If you’re interested in transforming your smile with the help of dentures, contact Dr. Akel at Big Smile Dentistry today.