While we customize dentures to fit the patient‘s jaw and not cause irritation, the jaw may change shape over time. Resorption is the process in which the body leaches calcium from the bone structure underneath the jaw once there are no teeth to stimulate the jawbone. Since there is no stimulation, the body takes the calcium and distributes it to other areas of the body over time. Due to this process, the jawbone recedes and the dentures may not fit as well as before. With this in mind, we can provide continued maintenance of the dentures.
In other cases, people will break or damage a pair of dentures due to improper care or eating hard foods immediately after receiving dentures. Most dentures also require patients to remove them each night and soak them in a solution while they sleep. When people do not follow the proper steps each night, they risk more damage to the dentures and their own health. Fortunately, we can ensure that dentures fit correctly and help patients keep up proper denture maintenance with regular appointments.
If the dentures crack, chip, feel loose, or break, do not attempt to fix them without a professional's service. At Alamo Family Dentistry, we have the skills and experience to accurately fix dentures. Far too often, people will attempt to adjust the dentures themselves or even repair them without scheduling an appointment. We do not recommend this since it can result in needing to spend more money on repairs and risk harming the gums.
Dentures are more complex than some people realize since we customize them to match each individual patient's teeth. Some people may only need to replace a few teeth, while others will need to replace all of their teeth. With that in mind, there is no one-size-fits-all pair of dentures. Thus, damaging or breaking a pair of dentures will require specialized work from a professional. While dentures are durable, they are not indestructible.
In some cases, people will purchase over-the-counter glues or reline materials to repair dentures in an attempt to avoid a visit. Yes, these products are dental tools, but they do more than good. People who attempt to adjust or repair dentures have a high chance of damaging the dentures further. These over-the-counter products can also contain chemicals that can be dangerous to one's health.
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Thanks to the proper training and experience, our team can ensure that patients continue to wear dentures that fit correctly and comfortably. Even though patients with full dentures will not have any real teeth, the patients will need to make regular appointments. The gums and mouth are susceptible to infection when one does not take care of the dentures. During these appointments, we will help ensure that the dentures fit correctly and are not causing any additional health problems.
We will adjust or repair the dentures so that the patient will be able to use them comfortably on a regular basis. We will send out regular reminders when it is time for another checkup appointment. If you need a new pair of dentures, adjustments or more information on dentures as a tooth replacement, give us a call at (805) 259-1149 today.
If you live in the Simi Valley area, call (805) 259-1149 to schedule your dental exam so that you can remain in good health or receive treatment for a current condition.
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