Although we don’t like to think about it, losing your teeth is a normal part of aging. Whether you were in an accident and a tooth was knocked out, you suffered from gum disease, or your teeth just started breaking with age, it’s completely normal to have fewer teeth when you enter your later years. It’s important to have a tooth replacement when you lose your teeth so you can keep your quality of life and enjoy eating your favorite foods. Before you make your choice, here are 5 things you should know about dentures in La Jolla from La Jolla Dental Image.
Why Would I Want Dentures?
The first thing you should know about dentures is that they are not everyone’s first place. However, people would rather wear dentures than have missing teeth. Dentures can help you eat and speak easier and feel less embarrassed about having an empty smile. Most patients want something more secure which is why we recommend implant supported dentures to hold your dentures in place. These will provide you with the best results and the most comfort. The main takeaway is that you want dentures to replace your teeth. Having teeth is important for your quality of life and you should, therefore, want them.
What is the Dentures Procedure?
The procedure for getting dentures in La Jolla is actually quite simple. It will begin with a consultation with our La Jolla dentist. We will evaluate the health of any remaining teeth and potentially suggest pulling the remaining teeth if we see it fits. Your gums must be completely healed from any extractions before we can take impressions of your teeth. If your gums are healed, we will take impressions and send them to the lab to create your dentures. You can choose what you want your dentures to look like even down to the color of them. Once they return, we will make sure they fit properly and make any necessary adjustments. Once everything feels right, we will send you on your way. That’s it!
What Can I Expect with Dentures?
The procedure for dentures is the easy part. The hard part is getting used to wearing the dentures by speaking and eating as much as possible. You may speak with a lisp the first week or two and find it difficult to eat with them in. Your mouth might also feel sore from wearing them. Other than these minor problems, getting used to wearing dentures will be easy.
How Do I Care for Dentures?
To care for your dentures, you will need to soak them in a dentures solution overnight and then brush them with a dentures brush or soft-bristled toothbrush in the morning. It’s also important that you brush your gums and tongue with toothpaste in the morning and at night to avoid bad breath and bacteria.