Full & Partial Dentures in Creve Coeur
Did you know that the first dentures were used in 700 B.C.? Although the materials have changed quite a bit, the same basic principles of using sturdy, natural-looking prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base has been evident throughout time. Simply stated, dentures are a great way to replace several or a whole row of missing teeth. Your dentists in Creve Coeur, Dr. James Feigenbaum and Dr. Jenna Feigenbaum offer full and partial dentures at Feigenbaum Dental.
The Need for Sturdy Tooth Replacement
Although we focus on preventative techniques for oral hygiene, tooth loss can still occur. Tooth loss can take a detrimental toll within the mouth and overall well-being of a person. Gaps in the smile make it more difficult to chew and speak -- and no one feels confident without all their teeth. The lack of a stimulating tooth root weakens the jawbone by promoting bone loss, and partial tooth loss can also contribute to even more missing teeth later on.
Fortunately, full and partial dentures provide an excellent replacement option. By filling the gaps left after tooth loss, they prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place and help preserve the bone. Dentures also restore your ability to eat your favorite foods.
Full Dentures Replace a Whole Row of Missing Teeth
The full denture does just what the name suggests -- it gives you back the entire arch of teeth, in the upper or lower jaw. A full denture is held in place by suction, and a denture adhesive can provide added security.
It may take some time for you to adjust to wearing a full denture. Excessive saliva, discomfort, and temporary sore spots may occur with your new denture. But with several weeks of continued use, pretty soon you will enjoy life once again thanks to your prosthetic teeth. Cut your food into small pieces at first, and eat carefully until you are used to chewing and biting with dentures. Reading aloud to yourself can also make speaking with dentures easier.
Partial Dentures Are the Missing Piece
When you have lost multiple teeth -- whether all in a row or from different parts of the mouth -- a partial denture fills in the gaps. Secured by clasps or brackets, it fits into the mouth much like a missing puzzle piece. People who have their smiles completed with a partial denture are quickly back to eating, speaking, and smiling with full confidence.
Caring for Your Dentures
With normal use and good maintenance, your denture will need to be replaced over time as needed. Typically, a denture should last minimally around 5-7 years. If you start to notice your denture feeling loose or like it has lost its fit, contact your dentist immediately. A reline or adjustment may be necessary.
Denture care requires daily cleaning of your denture, and soaking the prosthetic overnight to keep the denture moist. Do not use toothpaste or whitening products on the denture, as these are likely to scratch or damage the surface of the dentures.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Are you in need of partial or total tooth replacement? If so, we want to talk about dentures in Creve Coeur. Contact Feigenbaum Dental to schedule an appointment today!