A troubling study published by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reveals that 26% of American adults age 74 and older no longer have any of their teeth. Dr. Ryan Hussong, DDS and the team at Cornerstone Dental provide partial and complete dentures in Polk City, IA for patients who have lost multiple permanent teeth. Here, he shares important tips for adjusting to life with dentures.
Enjoying a Higher Quality of Life With Dentures
DO continue brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular dental visits even after receiving your dentures. Although dentures are not made of dentin and enamel like natural teeth, proper care is critical for their durability and fit. Even with dentures, you can still develop bad breath and gum disease if you do not care for your oral health.
DON’T leave dentures out to dry overnight, as doing so will affect the way they fit in your mouth. You may have difficulty keeping them in place while you eat or speak, or they may painfully rub against your gums and cheek. Always soak them in water or an approved denture cleansing solution.
DO place your dentures over a towel while cleaning them. If they slip and fall into the sink or onto the floor, they may break. This is especially likely if you have limited dexterity in your hands and fingers.
DON’T wait to call your dentist if you notice that your dentures no longer fit comfortably. This may be an indication that your gums or underlying jaw structure have changed in some way. The longer you wait to have your prosthetic adjusted, the more difficult it will be to address the problem.
Tooth Loss Affects People of All Ages
If you think that tooth loss only affects older adults, think again. The same report goes on to state that more than two-thirds of adults age 35 and older are missing at least one tooth. For adults who have lost multiple teeth, Dr. Hussong may recommend partial dentures. These teeth replacements fit alongside your natural teeth almost like a jigsaw puzzle, eliminating unsightly gaps. Someone who requires partial dentures will not necessarily require a complete set of dentures later in life. The key to avoid losing your remaining teeth will be a strong commitment to oral hygiene, as well as frequent visits to our Polk City dentist office for teeth cleaning, screening, and exams.
Questions about dentures in Polk City? To learn more about restorative dentistry at Cornerstone Dental, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Hussong, contact us at (515) 984-6001. We are pleased to serve patients living in Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the neighboring communities.