Bruce L. Elkind, DDS, PA
Cosmetic & Family Dentistry located in Royal Palm Beach, FL
Dentures are tried-and-true artificial tooth replacements. If you’re interested in receiving dentures from an experienced, trustworthy provider, look no further than the practice of Bruce L. Elkind, DDS, PA, located in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Elkind offers partial and full dentures, as well as other tooth replacement options, such as crowns and dental implants. To find the right solution for you, schedule a consultation online or over the phone today.
What are dentures?
Dentures are sets of artificial teeth that replace several or all of your teeth. Dentures replace teeth that you’ve lost for any number of reasons, such as:
- Injury and trauma
- Advanced periodontal disease
Dentures are removable appliances that come in two main forms: partial dentures and full dentures.
Partial dentures serve individuals who need to replace only some of their teeth. Traditional partial dentures attach to your natural teeth using either a thin framework or small clasps. Another type of partial dentures, overdentures, either attach to dental implants or fit over your natural teeth.
Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, replace entire arches of missing teeth. Dr. Elkind can create full dentures for your upper dental arch, lower dental arch, or both.
Most often, you hold complete dentures in place with suction or denture adhesive.
What do dentures feel like?
Dentures take some getting used to. When you first get them, you can expect your jaw, face, and mouth muscles to feel uncomfortable.
During an adjustment period that lasts a few weeks, your dentures will feel loose or bulky, and you might find yourself producing more saliva than usual. Rarely, you may experience temporary nausea or soreness.
After your mouth has adjusted to your new dentures, they’ll feel much more natural, and eating and talking with them will become second nature.
How do I care for dentures?
Whether you have full dentures or partial dentures, you can prolong their life and usefulness in a few simple steps. These include:
Brush your dentures
First, remove and brush your dentures every night. Brushing them thoroughly with a regular toothbrush removes bacteria, prevents plaque buildup, and keeps stains at bay.
Clean your mouth
Similarly, discourage bacteria and stimulate healthy gum circulation by cleaning your mouth every morning before you put your dentures in. For the best oral health, brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft toothbrush.
Keep your dentures moist
When you’re not wearing your dentures, protect them from damage by keeping them moist. To do so, you may soak them either in a denture-cleaning solution or plain water. If you choose plain water, make sure it’s not hot, as hot water can warp your dentures.
Schedule regular maintenance visits
Finally, keep your dentures working well and looking good for as long as possible by scheduling regular maintenance visits with Dr. Elkind.
Partial and full dentures provide you with the opportunity to regain the function and beauty of your smile for many years to come. To find out if dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation at Bruce L. Elkind, DDS, PA, online or over the phone today.