As many as 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Missing teeth can affect your oral, physical, and emotional health. At WestBay Dental, Alka Tiwary, DDS, takes a patient-centered approach to care and aims to improve all aspects of your health. She offers many dental options to replace your missing teeth, including dentures. To schedule a consultation to discuss your options, call the office in Tampa, Florida, or use the online booking feature.
Dentures are a removable dental device that serves as a replacement option for missing teeth. Tooth loss is common and dentures not only restore your smile but also make it easier for you to eat and speak. Your dentures may also prevent facial sagging that often develops after tooth loss.
Your dentures are custom designed to fit your specific oral health needs and are created to replace all or some of your teeth, which determines the type of denture you need. Denture types include:
A conventional full denture is a dental appliance that replaces all of your teeth or the full set. Dr. Tiwary only places this dental appliance once your gums fully heal after she’s removed any remaining teeth.
An immediate full denture is a temporary denture that Dr. Tiwary places on the same day that she removes your teeth. Though the immediate full denture ensures you’re never without teeth, the temporary appliance requires regular refittings due to the changes that occur in the shape of your jaw as it heals.
If Dr. Tiwary can save some of your natural teeth, she may recommend a partial denture. This removable device is designed to attach to your natural teeth or a crown to act as a replacement for the teeth you’re missing.
If you prefer a more permanent solution to a partial denture, Dr. Tiwary may recommend a bridge. Unlike dentures, the bridge is cemented to your tooth so it can’t be removed.
It may take a few weeks for you to get used to your new dentures. In addition to some soreness, your cheek muscles and tongue need to learn how to keep your dentures in place when you’re talking and eating.
Dr. Tiwary closely monitors you during this adjustment period to improve your transition and adjust your appliance as needed to improve the fit.
Dr. Tiwary provides specific instructions on how to care for your dentures. She also reviews the importance of good oral hygiene of your gums and tongue, even without your natural teeth.
It’s important to rinse and brush your dentures to remove food particles after you eat. You should keep them in a clean container filled with water when you’re not wearing them so they don’t dry out and warp.
To learn more about your dental restoration options, including dentures, contact WestBay Dental by phone or online today.