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By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

The American College of Prosthodontists estimate that approximately 15 percent of Americans missing teeth wear a denture device, and in denturesmany cases you wouldn’t even know it. Modern dentures are more natural-looking and customized for individual patients. They can give you peace of mind as you’ll know that your smile is, once again, complete, attractive, and functional. Understand the similarities and differences between specialty and partial dentures, both of which can be created for you by Dr. Laurie Mulka at Mulka Dental in Livonia, MI, and serving the Redford area.

About Dentures
Dentures are a cosmetic treatment used by dentists to fill in unwanted spaces caused by tooth loss. They are very common due to the fact that 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Some denture devices use a tight-fitting suction action to hide whole rows of missing teeth, while others use metal clasps to attach a replacement tooth to the open space. They last for five years or longer and may need adjustments over time to assure a snug, comfortable fit.

Partial and Specialty Dentures
A partial or specialty denture is created to replace one or more missing teeth along the gumline. The space is measured using a dental mold by your Livonia and Redford dentist so that a customized device can be formed. The tooth is connected to a metal framework called precision attachments that uses healthy adjacent teeth for support. It is attached to gum-colored plastic. It’s designed so that once it is in place, the metal is barely visible. Some modern partials can be created without precision attachments.

Denture Maintenance
It may take some time for you to get used to your new partial or specialty denture. You’ll soon be comfortable eating, talking, and socializing while wearing it. Before you go to bed, remove them and gently brush them to remove any film or particles, then soak them in a solution recommended by your dentist. The better you care for the specialty denture, the longer it will be before you need it replaced or adjusted. 

Explore All Your Denture Options
Dentures have helped countless patients restore their missing teeth. Talk to a dentist at Mulka Dental in Livonia, MI, and also serving patients in Redford, to learn more about specialty and partial dentures. Call 248-482-7020 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Laurie Mulka.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
December 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been thinking about replacing your missing teeth with dentures? Today's specialty and partial dentures are designed with your denturescomfort in mind. Our Redford, MI, area dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, discusses a few questions you may want to ask yourself if you're considering dentures in Livonia.

Am I happy with the way I look?

Missing teeth can detract from your appearance and make you feel less confident in business or social situations in the Redford and Livonia area. Tooth loss doesn't just affect your smile but may also make you look a little older. Your teeth help support the muscles in your face. When they're gone, the muscles tend to droop, which can make your cheeks look hollow. Full, immediate, partial or overdentures offer an excellent way to restore your full smile and improve your self-esteem.

Is it hard to eat?

Without teeth, it's difficult to eat many meat, poultry and hard fruits and vegetables. Soft foods and liquids may become your only options. After a while, your diet can become monotonous, plus you may not receive the nutrition you need to stay healthy.

Do you swallow foods whole because you can't chew them? The habit can lead to frequent stomach problems. Dentures will allow you to enjoy a full range of foods again avoid upset stomachs.

Is it difficult to communicate with people?

Your teeth, lips and tongues work together when you speak. Without teeth, it may be hard to speak clearly. Communicating with other people, especially on the telephone, can become difficult and frustrating. Thanks to your new dentures, you won't have to constantly repeat yourself during conversations.

Do I have any remaining teeth?

If you still have some teeth, you may not be concerned about replacing your missing teeth. Unfortunately, the teeth are subject to increased wear and tear, which may lead to enamel erosion or and other issues that may put them at risk. Partial dentures can fill in the gaps in your smile and help protect your remaining teeth.

Am I concerned about comfort?

Some people resist getting dentures because they're concerned that the dentures will be uncomfortable and painful. Today's dentures are more comfortable than ever and molded to fit your mouth. Periodic adjustments to your dentures will ensure that they don't slip or irritate your gums. Although there is an adjustment period when your first receive your dentures, most people become used to wearing them fairly quickly.

Restore your smile with specialty and partial dentures. Call our Redford, MI, area dentist, Dr. Mulka, at (248) 482-7020 to schedule your appointment in Livonia.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
December 02, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

It’s important to know all about dentures so you won’t be surprised by your new dental restoration.

Interested in getting dentures from your Redford, MI cosmetic dentist Dr. Laurie Mulka but not sure what to expect? That’s okay; we are here to help! Here are some of the most popular questions about dentures answered:Dentures

Q. What are complete and partial dentures?

A. Dentures are dental prosthetics that are designed by your cosmetic dentist Dr. Mulka in Redford to quickly and easily replace missing teeth. Specialty dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth and offer a set of teeth that look just like real thing. Partial dentures are used to replace only a few missing teeth while complete dentures are recommended for patients with total tooth loss.

Q. Will wearing dentures feel weird at first?

A. As with any new dental work it will take a little time to get used to wearing dentures. Your smile may feel a little bulky and large at first, but this feeling will go away after a couple of weeks of wearing them. You may also notice an increase in saliva. This will also lessen over the first couple of days.

The best advice for new denture wearers is to wear them every day once you first get them so that you get acclimated as quickly as possible.

Q. Will speaking or eating be affected by my new smile?

A. Since dentures will position your tongue differently than natural teeth you may notice a slight whistling sound when talking. But be aware that patients do become accustomed to speaking and eating with their new dental prosthetics.

Some patients may find that they adjust to their new dentures fairly quickly when it comes to eating while it could take a couple months for others. Any hard biting with the front teeth may be more difficult, and certain foods (e.g. a whole apple) may still pose challenging even once you’ve mastered your new smile.

Q. How can I make eating easier on my dentures?

A. By cutting up foods into smaller pieces and chewing with the sides of the mouth rather than biting down with the front teeth, you can make eating with dentures much easier. Start slowly by eating a diet that mostly contains soft foods and then starting to incorporate tougher, harder foods into the mix.

Also, before going out to eat it’s not a bad idea to eat some of your favorite foods in the comfort of your own home so you can master your dentures before going out in public.

Q. Are sore spots normal when wearing dentures?

A. Within the first couple weeks of getting your dentures, they will start to settle a bit into your mouth. This can cause uneven pressure and sore spots. If the soreness is persistent or unbearable talk to your dentist in Redford, who can easily adjust them for you for a better fit.

If you think dentures could be the best restoration for your toothless smile then it’s time you talked to Dr. Mulka in Redford about your treatment options. Schedule your consultation today.