Tooth decay, gum disease, or even trauma can wreak havoc on your teeth – and for some people, this damage means extensive tooth loss – and dentures.
Designed to replace some or all of your teeth, dentures are a versatile tooth restoration option that have been popular for hundreds of years – and it seems that every decade they get a little more modern and natural looking – today, when you look at someone wearing dentures, you may not even be able to tell! If they are fitted properly, dentures look almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can restore a natural, more youthful appearance and your ability to eat and speak. They can even help to plump out facial wrinkles. Dentures are a great treatment option for many people.
At Skyway Dental Care, we’ve had patients ask us after getting full upper and lower dentures why they need to continue visiting every year for checkups. After all, dentures are immune to tooth decay, and with no gum tissue hugging your natural teeth, you don’t have to worry about gum disease. Unless they break or wear out, many people think that dental care isn’t important once you start wearing a full set of dentures.
We always recommend annual checkups to ensure that your oral health and special home care routines are giving you the best advantages. Because natural tooth roots stimulate your jaw bones, when you wear dentures your jawbones will recede over time. Your yearly checkups allow us to stay on top of these changes, so you don’t have to deal with loose dentures as you also lose jawbone. This can cause your dentures to feel slip, click, and look unnatural. We can fix this with a denture reline – that’s resurfacing the tissue part of the denture that sits against your gums.
But, if it’s been five years or more since your last fitting, though, consider that a denture update can overcome many smile-stopping problems…
To learn more about dentures, contact us or use the easy to use request an appointment form on our contact page to request a no-obligation consultation.
Yours in good oral health,
Dr. Ahmed Sabri, General Dentist in Burlington
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