Reinvent Your Smile with Dentures in Bellefonte, PA
No matter the reason, if you have lost some or all of your teeth, customized dentures from Eagle Valley Family Dentistry in Bellefonte, PA can be a great solution to bring back your radiant smile. Dentures are more common than what you may realize, as nearly 70% of Americans between the ages of 35-44 have at least one tooth missing.
Dentures are very common practice when it comes to replacing missing teeth, but we understand you probably still have many questions. Here are a few things to consider if you’re wondering if dentures are the best solution for you, starting with the two main types of dentures: complete and partial.
What to Know About Complete Dentures
Complete dentures are used when you need to replace all of your natural teeth. These dentures rest on top of your gums and we customize them just for your mouth. That way they easily suction to your gums or you can use a few drops of an adhesive to hold them in place.
You can still eat with your complete dentures, but it does take a little time to get used to them. You can easily remove complete dentures for daily cleaning and before going to bed each night.
What to Know About Partial Dentures
Partial dentures can be a great option if you are missing just a few of your teeth or if perhaps a dental bridge isn’t an option for you. Not only do we customize partial dentures to sit on your gums, but we also create them to fasten to your other teeth to help hold them in place.
And just like complete dentures, you can still eat while wearing partial dentures and they can also be easily removed for daily cleaning and before going to bed.
Additional Benefits of Wearing Dentures
Obviously, a huge benefit of wearing dentures is that you regain your smiling confidence and can get back to eating some of your favorite foods. But there are also many other benefits of wearing dentures.
Wearing dentures helps you keep the shape and structure of your mouth because they support your cheeks and lips. Over time, your mouth will begin to sag because there are no teeth in place to provide support. Additionally, the jawbone will begin to shrink or change shape once you lose your teeth.
Lastly, if you’re in pain due to decaying teeth or any other oral health issues, having your teeth removed and replaced with dentures is a win-win situation. You are finally rid of the pain and you have a wonderful new smile.
How to Care for Dentures
Just like your natural teeth, you will need to take care of your dentures. Caring for dentures is similar to caring for natural teeth; however, there are a few key differences to know about.
Rinse after eating—A quick rinse after eating is an easy way to quickly remove leftover food and particles.
Change your toothpaste—You have to use toothpaste made just for dentures. Toothpaste for natural teeth will actually cause damage to your dentures over time.
Switch to a soft-bristle toothbrush—This is also important to reduce causing any damage to your dentures. Additionally, after you remove your dentures you’ll need to gently clean your mouth and gums.
Soak dentures overnight—In order for dentures to keep their shape they need to say moist. Place your dentures in room temperature water or a solution before you go to bed. It’s also important to remove your dentures while sleeping as to give your gums a rest from the pressure caused by the dentures during the day.
Avoid whitening solutions—Whitening solutions and toothpastes do not have any affect on dentures. We’ll work with you to make sure we match the best color for your dentures.
How to Schedule an Appointment or Consultation
If you properly care for your dentures, you are looking at a possible solution for a pain-free, confident smile for life. We are happy to answer more of your questions about dentures and if this is the best solution for you. We have a team of experts at Eagle Valley Family Dentistry right in Bellefonte, PA ready to help.
To schedule an appointment or a consultation, please contact us at (814) 473-5554 or use the form below.