Restoring Smiles and Confidence
Missing a few or all your teeth can change the way you smile and have an impact on your confidence. Tooth loss can also affect the way you talk, eat, and can even cause other problems in your mouth. Partial or complete sets of dentures can help restore smiles and confidence, as well as allow people to enjoy foods that they’ve avoided for years.
Getting a new set of teeth can be life changing and Dr. Michael Richer and Dr. Nadia Rivera, at R+R Dental in Hicksville, NY want to be there every step of the way.
Why Choose Dentures?
Anyone who is missing a few teeth or more should consider getting replacements for any lost teeth. Many people who lose a few teeth over the years learn to adapt to the loss. Maybe they favor one side of the mouth over the other when chewing. They might learn to smile without opening their mouths.
Tooth loss shouldn’t force people to change their lives or sacrifice enjoyment. If left untreated, missing teeth can cause remaining teeth to shift and bone loss to the jaw. A partial or complete set of new teeth can restore and protect mouth health.
Am I Too Young for Dentures?
For decades, a new set of teeth was almost always exclusively associated with senior citizens. While much of the aging population could benefit from teeth replacement, anyone with missing permanent adult teeth may be good candidates for replacements.
Tooth loss is a common result of years of poor dental hygiene or unhealthy dietary habits, but other factors like trauma can be to blame. Regardless of one’s age, no one should be ashamed to get new teeth. At R+R Dental, we want all our patients to feel comfortable and confident with their dental decisions.
The Process of Making Partials or Complete Dentures
Before a partial or full set of teeth are made, you will visit the dentist to get measurements and impressions of your jaw. Replacement teeth won’t fit or operate well if they don’t fit properly. Next, models will be made of your partial or complete set, and you will try out a model several times to ensure that they fit right, feel comfortable and that the color matches other teeth or your gums.
New teeth will not be finalized until your dentist determines (with your feedback) that everything is right. Depending on the type of tooth replacement you need, the whole process could take several appointments and a few weeks.
It’s important to note that if you require a complete set of new teeth, any existing teeth must be extracted and gums must be completely healed.
Adjusting to Dentures
When you have teeth replaced, it may take a while to adapt to some of the new sensations in your mouth. At R+R Dental, we make sure your new teeth fit well and are comfortable so that the adjustment period is relatively short and pain-free. Your dentist will show you how to wear your new teeth and how to care for them.
It’s not uncommon for your new teeth to feel strange or even as if they may fall out of your mouth easily. You may also notice an increase in saliva production and some minor irritation throughout your mouth; this, too, is normal.
Many people who get partial or complete sets of replacement teeth worry that their new teeth look “fake” and are noticeable. Modern solutions are more natural looking and a close match to any existing teeth in your mouth. Rather than looking oversized and comical, they are flattering and restore a smile.
A Long-Lasting Solution for Missing Teeth
Your tooth replacements are high-quality, customized to fit your mouth, and if taken care of, will last your years to come. Although replacement teeth are durable, they need to be handled with care. Your dentist will walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to clean and handle your partial or complete set of new teeth.
As you would with natural teeth, practicing good oral hygiene is important. Avoid chewing on hard foods, like ice, and schedule regular appointments to ensure your teeth continue to function and fit properly.
Missing teeth is a reality for many adults, young and old, and replacement teeth are one of the best, long-lasting solutions for missing teeth available. The staff at R+R Dental will help you have a positive experience so you can restore your smile, regain confidence, and have a long future of dental health.