When all or some of your teeth need to be removed, a denture is one option for restoring appearance and functionality. Dentures are removable and can be used to replace all the teeth in the mouth or just some of them. Although dental implants are also an option for replacing missing teeth, these may end up being too expensive or the health of the gums may not allow for dental implants. It’s best to talk to your dentist so they can help you determine which is best for you. If you and your dentist decide that dentures are the best option, there are some important considerations. Although it may seem a little counterintuitive, especially when all of your teeth have been removed, it is still important to make regular trips to your dentist for a few reasons.
Why you should still visit the dentist:
It may seem obvious, but since dentures exist that replace only part of your teeth, it’s important to make regular trips to your dentist to ensure that your remaining natural teeth are still healthy. People with partial dentures are at an elevated risk of cavities as it’s easy for food particles to get caught between the partial dentures and the remaining natural teeth. By going to regular dentist appointments you’re able to ensure that any problems that may develop are caught and are able to be addressed quickly.
Another great reason to visit your dentist, even for people with complete dentures, is because dentures need to be adjusted from time to time. With prolonged use, the dentures can become loose and the shape of your mouth may change over time. Dentures that don’t fit the right way can lead to injuries to gums, causing gum disease and sores. This can also lead to issues with getting proper nutrition. Someone who is struggling with ill-fitting dentures may be inclined to choose being hungry over the discomfort that maladjusted can cause them. Additionally, dentist visits can ensure that your dentures last a long time. Dentures, especially ones that are constructed out of acrylic, have microscopic pores in which bacteria can flourish. Your dentist has the ability to perform a deep cleaning of your dentures. Dentures that are well taken care of can last for more than seven years.
People with dentures should also make regular trips to their dentist because they do need someone to ensure that their gum health is strong. Your dentist can provide regular checkups on your gum health and even refer you to a periodontist if there are any issues developing with your gums. Visits can also catch any developing issues with the overall health of your mouth beyond just the gums. Even without teeth, your dentist can still have a crucial role in ensuring your overall oral health and hygiene.