Whether you’re missing one tooth or an entire mouthful, dentures fill gaps in your smile and improve chewing, speaking, and digestion. At her practice in Leesburg, Virginia, Dr. Deidra Kokel provides full and partial dentures that look and feel like natural teeth. A key benefit of dentures is their ability to help fill out your facial structure when lost teeth cause face and jaw muscles to droop. To find out if dentures are appropriate for you, call or use the online booking tool today to schedule a consultation.
Dentures are removable prosthetics that replace one or multiple missing teeth. A full or partial denture is made with prosthetic teeth attached to a fleshy, gum-like base.
Dentures are custom-made to closely resemble natural teeth and fit snugly in your mouth. This dental appliance provides aesthetic benefits and helps you maintain good oral health.
The fitting for your dentures starts with Dr. Kokel taking impressions of your teeth. Once she completes these impressions, she sends them to a dental lab, along with specifications about your case, such as whether the dentures are replacing top or bottom teeth.
At a follow-up appointment, Dr. Kokel fits you with your new dentures, which stay in place with metal clasps. In some cases, dentures are placed atop implants, which provide excellent support.
For the first few weeks or months, your dentures may be uncomfortable. This sensation is just your jaw and cheek muscles getting used to the new appliance.
Eating and speaking with your new dentures takes some practice, and Dr. Kokel monitors your progress and helps you through the adjustment period.
When you lose teeth, your facial muscles are likely to droop, often causing your cheeks to sink in. With dentures, you improve your appearance by filling out your facial structure, enhancing your face and profile.
Missing teeth can also lead to serious oral health issues, such as bone loss or shifting of neighboring teeth. Dentures limit your risk of developing periodontal disease or tooth decay caused by teeth shifting.
Even though getting dentures involves an initial adjustment period, soon enough, everyday functions, including chewing, speaking, and digesting, become easier.
If you take proper care of your dentures, they should last at least five years. To ensure your dentures last, treat your dentures like natural teeth.
Brush and floss them regularly and keep up with your regular dental appointments, so that Dr. Kokel can make adjustments to them as your mouth changes naturally with age. When you’re not wearing your dentures, soak them in warm water.
If you’re missing teeth and feel as though you might be a good candidate for dentures, call or schedule a consultation at the office today.