Common Facts about Dentures from Your Livonia Dentist

shutterstock_120486466Before you receive your first set of dentures, take care to learn a little more these tooth replacements. Many people have a few misunderstandings when it comes to dentures. Luckily, your Livonia dentist, Dr. James Stewart, is here to eliminate those misconceptions with the following information.

What You Need to Know about Your New Dentures

  • No tooth replacement lasts forever. Even the most permanent of tooth replacement options—the dental implant—still requires regular maintenance and possibly even replacement. This rule applies even more to dentures since the base tends to stretch after a couple of years. If the denture isn’t readjusted, the pieces could fall our during use or cause mouth sores due to an improper fit.
  • Dental visits still occur. Denture wearers should still visit the dentist at least once a year. This allows the dentist to see how the dentures fit, make any adjustments (if necessary), and answer any questions you may have. Plus, a visit to your Livonia dentist is the perfect opportunity to check your gum health. Even with out natural teeth, your gums can still become infected from the bacteria prevalent on the dentures.
  • Not noticeable. The concern for many new denture patients is that everyone will know they’re wearing a tooth replacement. This is untrue. A well-fitting denture goes unnoticed.
  • Return to normal activities comfortably. Without a full set of teeth everyday activities, such as eating, talking, and even laughing becomes an issue. Once you become acclimated to the dentures, those tasks will no longer prove problematic.
  • Using adhesives is helpful. While dentures come manufactured to exact size, a little extra support never hurt anyone. When placing your dentures, use a strong denture adhesive, such as Poligrip or a similar product. The added security makes your dentures even more functional.
  • You get what you pay for. Dentures come in variety of options; however, the tried and true expression: you get what you pay for truly applies. While the cheaper options may seem like the better deal, those wear-out quickly, and you’ll end-up spending more money replacing the pieces than you’ll get to wear them. Instead, opt for a more expensive variety. The initial cost will run higher, yet the lifetime of those dentures is prolonged.

Talk to Your Livonia Dentist to Learn More about Dentures

If you’re in need of a tooth replacement option and have considered dentures, consult with your Livonia dentist. Dr. Stewart can examine your mouth and determine which type of denture would suit you best. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (734) 425-4400. Also, visit our website to view services, testimonials, and print patient forms. We look forward to treating patients from Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and surrounding areas.