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Modern Dentures Mean an Easier Adjustment Period

November 16, 2021
Posted By: Family Dentistry of Royal Oak
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Like with any prosthetic, dentures require an adjustment period. However, with modern materials and a top Royal Oak dentist on your side, acclimating to your new smile just got a whole lot easier…and faster.

Modern dentures are not like the prosthetics popularized fifty years ago. There are no bulky horse teeth to contend with or Chiclet-style grins. Instead, you can count on customized and natural-looking dentures that function beautifully. Our Royal Oak dentist would have it no other way!

The Denture Process from Start to Finish

If you have missing teeth, you may be thinking about tooth replacement, including dentures or partial dentures. This is a wise and necessary decision for several reasons.

First, a complete smile makes you feel more confident. You’ll not cover your mouth when you laugh or feel embarrassed. Next, a complete smile promotes better oral health, preventing tooth migration and general enamel wear.

It all begins with a friendly consultation in our dental office. First, our dentist talks to you about your oral health and decides through an exam whether dentures are a good option for you.

Should you decide to go with dentures, we take impressions and forward the results to a trusted lab. The lab fabricates your dentures (including tooth shading and the denture color of your choosing), and when the dentures are finished, you come into our dental office for final adjustments. We offer both full and partial dentures based on your needs.

Your dentist will talk to you about gum and denture care to help you make the most of your new smile. Of course, there will be an adjustment period as you acclimate to your prosthetic, but before you know it, you’ll get used to your new smile, enjoying meals, and smiling with confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures in Royal Oak, MI

Can you whiten dentures?

Your dentist works with you to choose a restorative tooth shade that works with your skin tone or satisfies your smile goals. But, of course, dentures can stain and discolor over time without proper care.

We recommend cleaning your dentures with a denture paste and special cleaning brush and soaking them overnight in a denture bath to maintain your tooth shade. You can add special cleaning tablets to your denture bath to enhance cleaning as well.

Additionally, you can bring your dentures into our dental office for specialized cleanings.

Having shared this advice, we do caution you against bleaching or teeth whitening products. These systems can damage your prosthetic. You should also never use traditional toothpaste. Instead, stick with denture pastes for a safe and predictable result.

Modern denture baths, cleaning tablets, and denture pastes make it easy to incorporate denture care into your daily routine.

Can I sleep with dentures?

Your Royal Oak dentist recommends not sleeping with your dentures. It’s essential to soak and clean your dentures and spend some time without them. Sleeping with dentures makes swallowing saliva difficult, which can lead to bacterial buildup.

Why do my dentures feel loose?

Our dentures are customized to fit your mouth. However, tooth loss leads to jawbone shrinkage over time. So, dentures that fit beautifully at one time eventually loosen.

When this happens, you may find yourself applying and reapplying denture adhesives during the day or visiting your dentist more often for relines.

When dentures are persistently loose and slipping, it may be time to update your prosthetic. Or talk to your dentist about an implant-supported denture in Royal Oak, MI. With implant-supported dentures, you’ll never have to worry about a loose-fitting prosthetic, slippage, pastes, or relines.

How can I store my dentures?

It’s essential to store your dentures in water—room temperature—so they can hold their shape. A denture bath is a lidded plastic bowl sold in most drugstores. You’ll want to be sure your denture or partial is fully submerged for best results.

What are alternatives to dentures?close up of dentures in Royal Oak

Denture alternatives include:

  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Implant-supported dentures

During your initial consultation—or if you come in for a modern upgrade—your dentist can talk to you in detail about these options and how they might benefit you.

For Quality, Affordable Dentures in Royal Oak, Contact Us

Modern materials make dentures easier to get used to and provide a natural look so you can smile without reservations.

Give us a call today to get started.

We provide tooth replacement to patients everywhere, including Royal Oak, Clawson, Troy, Warren, and Southfield. 

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