Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed at your discretion. Depending on your dental condition, you might need full dentures or partial dentures.
Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed and completely replaced. Before having your teeth extracted, Dr. Firlik will take impressions in your mouth in order to have dentures created for you. After your teeth have been extracted, the dentures will then be immediately available for you to use. You will need a follow-up visit because the bone of the upper and lower arches slightly change shape as your mouth heals; the dentures also will need adjusting after the mouth has healed.
A partial denture is another option when some of your teeth can be saved. A partial denture is similar to a bridge, except that it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
You might need some time to get accustomed to your dentures. When the base of the dentures is placed over the gums, you might find that it feels bulky or that you don’t seem to have enough room for your tongue. At other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a while. Over time, however, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures as they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They might not always feel perfectly comfortable, but dentures are sometimes the only solution.
Although dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing them. After they have been removed, you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could affect the shape of the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so take care when handling them and be careful not to drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself because you could damage them. Call our office if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
Dr. Firlik is ready to help you restore your smile with the benefits of dentures to replace your missing teeth.
To request an appointment, call Firlik Family Dentistry at (616) 361-0603.
Firlik Family Dentistry
6225 W River Dr NE
Belmont, MI 49306
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