Although you never expected it to happen to you, you are now living with missing teeth. You are not alone. In fact, at least 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while another 35 million have no remaining natural teeth. With each tooth you have lost, your ability to chew your favorite foods and speak clearly is more challenging. This issue can also result in self-esteem issues that deter you from smiling, laughing, or showing your mouth in any way. We understand the challenges you face. Your dentist can restore your smile with partials or full dentures in Orlando, FL.
Can you get dentures to restore your smile? More often than not, the answer to that question is yes, regardless of how many teeth you’re missing. When you schedule a consultation with our team, we’ll review your treatment options with you and help you figure out whether dentures are the right choice in your case. Even if you can’t get dentures right now, fear not; you may be a viable candidate once the necessary preliminary treatments are complete.
Teeth can be lost for a wide number of reasons. Sometimes they might be knocked out of your mouth as the result of an accident. In other cases, gum disease might damage the connective tissues holding them in place. And of course, if any of your teeth have cavities that aren’t treated in time, they might have to be removed.
No matter the reason for losing your teeth, an incomplete smile can have a profoundly negative impact on your life. You may find it harder to properly chew your food, and you’re likely to have trouble speaking clearly. Gaps in your grin can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance, which makes it harder to feel confident around others. And without the support of your teeth, you might start to experience facial sagging.
Dentures might be an ideal solution for patients who:
At our practice, you can choose from three different dentures: full dentures, partial dentures, and implant dentures. The one that’s best for you depends on the number of teeth you’re missing. When considering dentures as a tooth replacement option, it’s worth remembering that they tend to cost less than other treatments.
Not everybody can get dentures, but luckily, there’s more than one way to rebuild your smile. If we find that dentures aren’t right for you, we may suggest one of the following tooth replacement methods instead:
Dentures are an affordable and convenient solution to treat missing teeth. Although they have a bad reputation for looking fake, new advancements in dentistry allow them to look more natural than ever before. They provide a more comfortable fit to reduce any slipping or irritation, so you can chew, speak, and smile with confidence.
It is tempting to leave the empty spaces in your smile untreated; however, this is never the ideal option. Every tooth is invaluable to your oral health and functions. When even one is missing, it can lead to dental complications, like tooth decay and gum disease. You may also develop nutritional deficiencies because many foods may be too difficult to eat.
Dentures in Orlando allow you to rebuild your smile to protect your oral and general health. With the right care, you can enjoy a solution that lasts for as long as 5 years before needing to be replaced. You can eat many of your favorite foods again and protect any remaining natural teeth from complications.
Dentures can replace several missing teeth in a row or an entire arch. Depending on your degree of tooth loss, we will determine which type of denture is right for you.
Several missing teeth in a row can be replaced with a partial. Custom-made prosthetic teeth are featured in a gum-colored base. It is attached to a metal framework that allows it to clasp onto your natural teeth to hold it in place.
A complete arch is replaced with a full denture. An impression of your mouth is used to create an acrylic gum-colored base to hold your new teeth. Suction or an adhesive is used to hold it in place.
You can enjoy a more permanent solution with implant-retained dentures. Instead of suction or an adhesive, an average of 4 implant posts anchors your denture to your jawbone. With the potential to last forever, you can make a long-term investment in your smile.
There is no set price tag for dentures because the amount you pay is based on your individual treatment plan. There are several factors that influence the price, such as how many teeth are being replaced, if any additional procedures are needed, and your insurance coverage.
When considering dentures in Orlando to replace your missing teeth, it’s important that you have all the information you need to make a well-informed decision. Because there are many tooth replacement solutions available these days, Dr. Russo and his team are here to provide you with clear, honest answers to some of the most popular questions. We invite you to review the following information and contact us if you do not see your question listed below.
It is highly recommended that you remove your dentures before going to bed. Initially, you may be required to wear them all day, every day to allow your mouth the opportunity to adjust to the new foreign object. However, after this initial phase is over, you will want to take your dentures out at night to allow your gums and bone a chance to recover. Because there is much restriction in these areas throughout the day, removing your dentures allows for your soft oral tissues and jawbone to receive important nutrients throughout the night. Also, by removing, cleaning, and soaking your dentures each night, it allows for your prosthetic to remain bacteria-free.
Once you have dentures, sticky foods like peanut butter or chewy candies can pull them out of place and make it harder to chew. Also, food particles can become trapped beneath your dentures, which can irritate your gums. Also, foods that contain small pieces (i.e., popcorn kernels, shelled nuts, and sesame seeds) can get stuck around your dentures. If you’re not careful, you can accidentally damage your prosthetics by eating hard foods like carrots, apples, nuts, popcorn, or corn on the cob. Tough meats can also add stress to your dentures and gums.
Tooth loss often results in jawbone deterioration and what is known as “facial collapse.” To keep your face from having a sunken appearance, dentures can be put into place to support your facial muscles and improve your appearance. It’s important that you have them checked by a denture dentist in Orlando, especially if you begin to notice that your prosthetic no longer fits correctly. Anytime your facial shape changes, it will cause your dentures to fit inappropriately, which can lead to oral sores forming on your soft oral tissues and increasing discomfort.
Unfortunately, regular toothpaste is too abrasive and can scratch the acrylic and surface of your dentures. Eventually, it will become noticeable that your dentures appear damaged. Instead, it’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush (not a hard one, as this, too, will scratch your dentures) and hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid as well as denture cleaners to keep your prosthetics healthy and in optimal shape.