Traditional Dentures vs. Neuromuscular Dentures
Traditional dentures are made using a prefabricated mold, meaning they are not created specifically for your mouth. Although the size can be altered, the fit is never truly perfect for the natural, unique shape of your mouth. They will fit, but your mouth will need to adjust to having them inside. Regular dentures also can also slip, fall out, or look either too large or small for the wearer’s mouth. This can be embarrassing, and can make things like talking and eating uncomfortable.
Neuromuscular dentures, on the other hand, are made specifically to fit your mouth. Unlike regular dentures, your mouth will not need to adjust to them as much, because they are made just for you. As a certified neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Barney can give you a different sort of denture that will fit your mouth perfectly. Neuromuscular dentures look and feel more natural, and make day-to-day life easier.
Neuromuscular Dentures procedure:
The process begins with the dentist taking measurements of your mouth. To do this accurately, a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit is used. This device, also used to treat temporomandibular joint disorders, relaxes the jaw muscles, allowing for a perfect measurement. Computer-generated digital images also provide a second guide for making the dentures.
By taking these measurements, Dr. Barney can design dentures that will not only replace your teeth, but also hold your jaw in an optimal position. Your neuromuscular dentures will look and feel like your real teeth, even when you’re laughing, eating, or speaking. And, unlike traditional dentures, you don’t have to worry about what you eat because your neuromuscular dentures are better positioned in your mouth and will stay in place without slipping. Your tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth naturally support the dentures.
Making the switch
If you already wear dentures, you should consider switching to neuromuscular dentures. As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Barney is thoroughly experienced in jaw disorders and feels neuromuscular dentures provide a better solution than traditional dentures.
How do you care for Neuromuscular Dentures?
Caring for neuromuscular dentures is the same as traditional dentures. They are washed with a brush every night and then placed in a solution to soak overnight.
Benefits of Neuromuscular Dentures
Neuromuscular Dentures will feel more comfortable in your mouth, but also by holding your jaw in proper alignment neuromuscular dentures will take any pressure off of your jaw that you might not have known you were putting on it. Since they fit better, you will also notice less food getting stuck underneath them, leaving you with a cleaner mouth.
If you need dentures or partial dentures, or would like to switch your older dentures, then neuromuscular dentures are a great choice for the health of your mouth.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in learning more about dentures, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (304) 754-8803 to schedule a consultation at our office in Hedgesville, WV.