If you have missing teeth, dentures are an option that can enable you to eat and speak normally. They can also prevent sagging of the facial muscles which can lead to premature aging of the face. Primarily made of acrylic resin which may incorporate porcelain or metal for support, there are several different types of dentures.
Replacing all upper and lower teeth, complete dentures can begin being worn after healing from teeth that have been pulled.
These provide the upper teeth only and are made from the same material as complete dentures.
Over dentures are similar to complete dentures but are designed so that they can be worn with one or more natural teeth. This type of dentures offers more stabilization during chewing, yet requires more preparation dental appointments to properly fit.
If only some teeth are missing, partial dentures can correct your smile. Designed to correct gaps, they use metal attachments to anchor the dentures to natural teeth. Partial dentures can stop your remaining teeth from shifting and can prevent the loss of more teeth due to gum disease.
Immediate dentures are placed immediately after extractions. They enable you to not have to appear in public without teeth during the healing process. This type of denture is typically more costly than standard dentures because they require additional time for construction. However, they offer the ability to immediately chew and speak clearly while also minimizing facial distortion which can occur after teeth are removed.
Every type of denture requires specialized crafting and custom-fitting. Properly fitted and maintained dentures look natural and offer the ability to have a perfect smile.
Caring for Dentures
Making the shift to dentures can be a big change. To minimize discomfort and maintain the condition of your mouth and dentures, there are some important tips to keep in mind.
Brush and Rinse Your Dentures Daily
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned daily to remove food, plaque, and stains. You will want to use a soft-bristle brush designed to clean dentures. As well, itís a good idea to rinse your dentures after every meal. Most toothpastes are too abrasive for your dentures. Instead, it is wise to choose a product specifically made for dentures that is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Keep Dentures Moist
Dentures that are not kept moist can dry out and lose their shape. When not being used, they should be soaking in either a cleaning solution or in water. However, dentures that have metal attachments could potentially tarnish in a soaking solution, and may require more specific care.
Donít Adjust or Repair Your Dentures
Your oral health care provider can make any necessary adjustments to your dentures. While there are do-it-yourself repair kits available, they can potentially damage your dentures. You will want to contact your provider if your denture breaks, chips, or if teeth become loose. Remember, dentures that are not fitting properly can lead to irritation and sores in the mouth. In many cases, dentures can be adjusted or repaired in just one visit.
You will want to discuss your options if you have lost or are losing your teeth. Depending on your particular situation, you may need only a partial denture, bridge, or even implants might be an option. In some cases, teeth may need to be extracted before dentures can be fitted, and occasionally surgery is required to improve the bone that stabilizes them within the mouth. To find out what is right for you, consult with your oral health care provider today!