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Teeth are a vital part of maintaining our overall health. However, they are prone to damage, especially if you do not practice excellent oral hygiene. And if you lose one or some of your teeth, it can be difficult for you to eat and speak. One of the solutions is to wear dentures. Losing just one tooth can have a disturbing effect on your mouth and smile. But losing multiple teeth can cause psychological and physical effects. You will start to lose confidence. You will feel flustered and avoid smiling overall.

Because you do not have the complete set of teeth, you may avoid some foods as it is difficult to bite and chew. With modern dentistry, fixing these debilitating effects related to multiple tooth loss is now easier.

Replacing Missing Teeth with Dentures

Dentures are used to replace your missing teeth. As a removable dental appliance, it can restore your teeth function and overall appearance of your smile. These dentures are made of plastic shaped, sized and colored to mimic your natural teeth. In that way, your smile will look natural. At Mesa Dental, Dr. Walter Dukes may suggest full or partial dentures to fill those gaps left by your missing teeth. You can opt for fixed dentures or the removable options.

Advantages of Dentures

Dentures are a popular choice in replacing missing teeth. Although you can choose to have dental implants and dental crowns, they are not always suitable for all patients.

Restoring Teeth Function

This dental appliance is made to help restore your teeth function. It works the same way as your natural teeth. In other words, you can bite, chew and speak properly again. Furthermore, you will not feel self-conscious or embarrassed each time you smile.

Being Able to Eat Your Favorite Food Again

Many patients who have lost some of their teeth find it difficult to eat their favorite food. But with the help of dentures, you will no longer have to worry about biting and chewing your favorite food or dessert. You are no longer restricted to soft food.

Pronouncing Some Words Properly

When you speak with some of your teeth missing, you will find it hard to pronounce certain words properly. The reason for this is that your tongue needs to push itself against your teeth to pronounce words or make the right sounds. By wearing dentures, you can pronounce better, thereby, restoring your normal way of speaking.

Restoring Appearance and Confidence

Losing one or some of your teeth, especially your front teeth, will force you to hide your smile. It can be embarrassing to smile in front of the camera with some of your front teeth missing. You will be the object of ridicule. With a set of dentures, however, you can restore the aesthetics of your smile.

Apart from restoring your smile’s aesthetics, dentures will also bring back your confidence. Because you are no longer embarrassed and ashamed of your smile, you will be more confident in talking and smiling to people. In turn, it boosts your personal and professional interactions with others.

Lasting for Years or Decades

Dentures can last for years or even decades, as long as you practice excellent dental hygiene. They are a great investment in your overall health.

Cleaning Dentures

The lifespan of your dentures will depend on how you clean them. When cleaning your dentures, make sure to remove and rinse them after every eating. Use clean water to remove loose particles and food debris. Never bend or damage the clasps or plastic when you clean them. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your dentures. Do it after every meal. Brush them with nonabrasive denture cleanser. If you are using denture adhesive, make sure to include cleaning the grooves and eliminating any remaining adhesive. At night, remove your dentures and place them in water. However, you must consult Dr. Walter Dukes first on how to store your dentures overnight. You must follow Dr. Dukes’s instructions on how to care for your dentures.

It is also vital that you visit Dr. Dukes’s office regularly. The dentist in Santa Barbara will recommend the number of times you must visit his office each year. Regular dental checkups are vital so he can examine your dentures and your entire mouth. He will ensure that the dentures will fit your mouth properly to avoid slippage. He will also check your mouth’s health and teeth’s condition. You should also undergo professional dental cleaning regularly or as recommended. In that way, you will prevent losing one or some of your natural teeth again. Dr. Dukes will check your mouth and perform necessary dental procedures to remove or repair your teeth.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Walter Dukes today to know more about dentures. We are located at The Mesa. Dr. Dukes offers comprehensive dentistry services and specialty procedures. Call his dental office today at 805-963-1222.