Patients who have lost multiple teeth to untreated cavities, chronic gum disease or dental trauma often experience a significant decrease in their basic ability to bite and chew food. If the missing teeth were located toward the front of the mouth the individual may also suffer from issues with low self-esteem and issues with the clarity of their speech.
Many patients in this position will turn to a dentist like Dr. Jason Pujo and his associates to explore their dental restoration options. In many of these cases the fastest and most effective method for restoring the basic appearance and function of their mouth is to fit them for a removable partial denture.
The base of the oral appliance will be designed to closely match the curves and contours of your underlying gum structure. Some partial dentures also include simple hardware components to help marry them to the teeth on each side of the void.
Even with a firm and comfortable fit many partial denture wearers also like to apply a small amount of denture adhesive when installing the unit in their mouth. It helps to bond the denture to the gums while also reducing helping to block out the presence of stray food particles.
When you remove the partial denture at night you will need to rinse it clean, before gently brushing it with nonabrasive toothpaste. You should then soak it in some denture solution and store it in a safe place.
If you are in the Dracut, Massachusetts, area and you have recently lost multiple teeth, you should call 978-957-1898 to speak to schedule an appointment at Merrimack Valley Dentistry.