For the average person, when you went away to college and lived in a dorm, there were some things that you didn’t know how to do.
Some of you could barely make toast, let alone properly make a bed, or do your own laundry. So, you probably learned some lessons about red clothes bleeding onto your other clothes and that towels mildew pretty darn fast when they aren’t immediately put into the dryer.
If you were one of the lucky ones, somebody gave you a book called Where’s Mom Now That I Need Her? Every page was filled with practical lessons for kids away from home who needed help.
Within the pages of that book, you could find how-to instructions for first aid, grocery shopping, nutrition, recipes, and laundry. It doesn’t have any complicated instructions, only simple tips and tricks that are easy to follow for beginners.
Having that book was basically like owning a beginner’s guide to living without your parents and becoming an adult. Lord knows that in college, it’s the blind leading the blind, so you need all the help you can get, right?!
By the time we’re adults, we think we should know all about so many things. We know that we need money to retire, enough money for food, a means of transportation, that we need to drink water every day, that we need to brush our teeth … so many things.
One of the things many of us think we know about as an adult is our own teeth. But we don’t know as much as we like to think. And most of us definitely don’t know much about caring for our mouths when we need to replace our teeth.
You definitely don’t want to mess around when it comes to replacing your teeth! The internet is full of ads and articles telling you what to do for your missing teeth. Let’s just say that many of them are not giving you the best information.
Let’s just get right down to the nitty gritty when it comes to replacing your teeth. Here it is …
Your Complete Guide for Replacing Teeth
The option that will immediately come to mind for most people who need to replace teeth is dentures.
In a nutshell, dentures are fake teeth on a plastic or acrylic frame that must be removed daily. Dentures are used when you need to replace teeth due to gum disease, severe tooth decay, or injury. Partial dentures can be used to replace a few teeth, while full dentures replace an entire set of upper or lower teeth.
You can expect your mouth to be sore and very sensitive with dentures. You may develop denture sores from them rubbing your gums. Gagging, spitting, and struggling with clear speech are common issues with dentures.
Follow-up appointments will need to happen multiple times to check the fitting of your dentures.
In the long run, you should know that you will never have a very strong bite again. You will not be able to chew with as much force or security as you would with your natural teeth. And you should also know that your dentures will need to be refitted.
It can take anywhere from up to 6 weeks to 3 months to get your final set of dentures. Even then, your final set of dentures won’t actually be your final set of dentures. Nope. And here’s why.
Dentures are notorious for contributing to bone loss. Every place in your mouth that is missing a tooth is primed for bone loss. In order to maintain bone cell regeneration, we need the roots of our teeth to be present.
The act of chewing harder foods puts pressure on the teeth that travel through the root. In turn, the bone cells are stimulated to regenerate, thereby strengthening the bone. Tooth roots are important for preventing bone loss.
Because you no longer have tooth roots, your bone can begin to shrink. It can continue to shrink as long as you are missing roots. Guess what all that shrinkage means? It means your dentures will no longer fit.
You will need to have your dentures refitted. This will happen over and over again for the life of your dentures … until you have so much shrinkage that there is no bone left. Try putting dentures in a mouth that has no bone for them to adhere to.
Meanwhile, you will need to take care of your dentures. Every night, you’ll need to remove your dentures, rinse them, brush them thoroughly with a cleaner, and then soak them in the denture cleaner until it’s time to wear them again.
Keeping your dentures clean helps to remove bacteria that can cause illness. And soaking your dentures cleans them and helps them to maintain moisture rather than drying out and cracking.
Ohh … but you are not done. You will still need to clean your mouth by brushing your cheeks, gums, and tongue. You cannot have a hint of any particles in your mouth when you put in your dentures or it will cause problems.
Be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent dry mouth that leads to bad breath. It’s common to have dry mouth when you wear dentures. You can also use mouthwash regularly to rinse away excess food particles and freshen your breath.
Remember that you must always take your dentures out when you go to sleep. Your mouth needs a break from your dentures for a minimum of six hours every day. This is why it’s easiest to take your dentures out at bedtime.
Lastly, you’ll need to practice talking with dentures. They are much bulkier than your natural teeth, plus they slip and move around. It makes it a bit challenging to speak with something bulky in your mouth that’s not sitting still. Be sure to practice “s” and “f” sounds because they are the hardest to pronounce with dentures.
To your brain, dentures are a foreign object that may need to be ejected. They cover the entire roof of your mouth and extend back toward your gag reflex. There will also be some gagging when you wear dentures.
Fortunately, dentures are not your only option for replacing teeth. Dentures may seem safer to you because our culture is so familiar with them. However, they are not your safest bet when it comes to replacing your teeth.
First, you can do a free online evaluation. It will only take sixty seconds of your time to take our quiz and discover whether or not you are a good candidate for implants.
Next, reach out to us! Our team of experts are ready, willing, and able to answer all of your questions regarding the best solution for replacing your teeth. We want you to move forward with your decision armed with the most accurate information.
Our full mouth dental implants use a thin and natural-shaped structure fitted on your gums. It is secured directly to your jawbone with extremely strong and durable titanium screws that act like roots.
Remember what we said about the importance of tooth roots as they relate to bone loss? Well, with Nuvia dental implants, the screws fool your body into treating them like tooth roots. Your new metal roots can stimulate bone cell regeneration.
Did you catch that? Our dental implants act like your tooth roots, so they can prevent further bone loss! In the first few months of having our implants, they go through a process of osseointegration that securely fuse your implants to your mouth. That’s amazing. Dentures will never be fused this securely.
You can expect our dental implants to stay put permanently.
How does that sound? No gimmicks. No bait and switch. Secure, permanent, natural-looking teeth within a day.