Tooth loss can be a bit scary. What was once a happy sign of growing up as a child becomes a bitter and daunting sign of aging as an adult. You may wonder if your oral health will ever be the same again or if you’ll ever be able to have a meal without thinking and worrying about your mouth. Some people even refuse dentures because they are afraid wearing prosthetic teeth will be a source of embarrassment. Others may have heard horror stories about slipping dentures. Whatever the cause, dentures tend to inspire a lot of questions, and the time has come that those questions were answered. Here to answer them is your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.
Will my dentures slip?
Dentures typically slip because of an improper fit. Slipping was also more common in years past when the prosthetics were much bulkier and heavier. Today’s dentures are surprisingly light, and your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, can ensure that they fit properly so that you do not have to spend your time worrying about losing your teeth a second time.
Will dentures hurt my gums?
Dentures do rest against the gums, and if they fit improperly they may rub and irritate the gums. However, when they fit properly, suction holds them into place, preventing gum irritation. Another option that keeps the gums free of irritation is having your dentures supported by dental implants. The titanium posts of dental implants are inserted into the jaw, where they fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Then, acting as anchors, they hold the dentures in place, meaning the prosthetic teeth are supported by the jawbone rather than the gums, just like natural teeth.
Will dentures make me slur my words?
Tooth loss itself makes speech difficult. However, ill-fitting dentures can cause speakers to slur their words. However, with properly fitting dentures or implant supported dentures, patients can speak clearly.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines Dentist
Have you been a victim of tooth loss? Dentures can restore your mouth. Schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.