If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can be used to replace your missing teeth – improving your health as well as your appearance. Dentures prevent the sagging of facial muscles, which makes a person with no teeth look much older. Dentures also enable you to eat and speak normally, little things often taken for granted until natural teeth are lost.
Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and to help remove plaque. Regular dental checkups are needed so we can examine your mouth and dentures to ensure a healthy and comfortable fit.
Dr. Charles Tozzer believes in saving teeth, however, if teeth cannot be saved, dentures are the best option to enable the patient to resume normal functions.
Frequently Asked Questions
A. If you can answer "yes" to any of these, you are a candidate for sedation dentistry:
Traumatic dental experiences
Difficulty getting numb
A bad gag reflex
Very sensitive teeth
Complex dental problems
Limited time to complete dental care
Hate needles and shots!
Hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
Are afraid or embarrassed about your teeth
Just want to get it done and "forget" the whole experience
A. To determine if implants are right for you, a consultation with your dentist is necessary to evaluate your teeth, gums and bone density. Based on the conditions of your oral tissues and oral and personal hygiene, your dentist will help you choose if implant treatment is right for you.
A. Try Sedation Dentistry
You'll be sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment, as if you were snoozing. You'll wake up refreshed, with little or no memory of what was accomplished. Because you are completely comfortable, we can do years of dental treatment in one or two visits.
We can replace crowns or dentures, restore sore gums to good health, whiten yellow or stained teeth, fix a chipped tooth, and more. People with very busy schedules can get the dental care they need, easily and quickly. Imagine being able to smile more confidently. No wonder so many patients say: "Sedation dentistry changed my life."
A. In most cases there is minimal down time associated with dental implant procedures and patients can return to work the following day. Following your procedure, you may experience slight swelling of the gums and minor bleeding around the implant site but all symptoms should subside shortly after.
A. There are countless benefits associated with dental implant procedures, including the following:
- Replacement teeth look, feel and function with the same stability and strength as natural teeth
- Improved cosmetic appearance
- Ability to chew without pain or gum irritation
- Stop or prevent bone loss damage of surrounding teeth
- Improved confidence and quality of life
A. adjustment period during which, you will need to get used to the feel of the dentures in your mouth. At first, you may experience increased salvation or a sensation of fullness in the mouth but this will subside after you become more comfortable with your dentures.
While adjusting to your dentures you should eat foods that are naturally soft or liquid, such as soups. After the initial adjustment period, you can resume normal eating, however there are still some precautions that should be taken to ensure comfort and prevent damage to your dentures. These precautions include, chewing equally on both sides of your mouth and being cautious of sticky or very hot foods, ie. candy apples.
As long as you follow the direction of your doctor and take the proper precautions, once you get used to your new dentures, you should be able to eat anything you like.
A. Dentures can be made to closely resemble the appearance of your natural teeth. Each set of dentures is personalized to your individual gums, lips, tongue and mouth and in some cases dentures can actually improve the appearance of your smile.
A. Over time, dentures may need to be relined, rebased or remade due to normal wear and tear. Although your teeth are gone, your mouth and gums continue to change shape for the rest of your life. Because your dentures will not change with the shape of your mouth, they may need to be adjusted or remade in the future.