An Introduction to Dentures

Dentures are one of the most popular solutions to restoring missing teeth. Losing teeth can take a blow on someone’s self confidence because of the change it can have on one’s face. Bone loss also causes the muscles on your face to sag, adding years to the face. Aside from the noticeable change in appearance, losing teeth can also severely affect chewing and your speech.

Whether you have lost teeth because of gum disease, tooth decay, an accident or genetic issue, replacing missing teeth with dentures can greatly improve your overall dental health and appearance.

Before you take the next step to fully restoring your smile, take some time to do some research first. Here are some important things that might help you out:

Different Types of Dentures

There are different types of dentures that cater to various cases. Here are some of the most common kinds.

Full dentures – Full dentures are a complete set that replace either the full set of upper or lower teeth. The false teeth are secured by a flesh-colored base made of acrylic to resemble the gums. Because of the work required to craft a full set of false teeth, this type takes between 2-4 months to create. Additionally, your mouth may need to be slowly reshaped after all the teeth have been taken out. In preparation for the full dentures, your dentist may fit an immediate denture (usually done the same day) until the finished full dentures are done.

Partial dentures – If there are only a couple of teeth missing, the ideal option is partial dentures. This type will help complete your smile by filling in the missing gaps. There are several types of attachments for partial dentures including metal clasps that hooks to the surrounding teeth for support or an acrylic base that is fitted on the gums. There are also those that can be attached to the crowns of remaining teeth.

Overdentures or implant-supported dentures – Overdentures can be a full or partial set that is attached to your jawbone through an implant that’s placed inside your jaw. This requires a little more waiting and healing as metal implants need to be surgically installed in your jawbone. While it may sound a little more complex, this type of dentures offers the most secure fit. Unlike the conventional types, overdentures are far more stable and will not slip out of place.

Dentures Maintenance

Just like natural teeth, dentures need daily cleaning to be more durable. It is still essential to practice good dental hygiene to keep your mouth fresh and healthy.

  • Use soft toothbrush and brush carefully and gently to avoid nicks and scratches on the dentures.
  • Make sure to rinse dentures to remove food particles.
  • Clean your mouth thoroughly after eating and include your gums, cheek and the roof of your mouth during your cleaning sessions.
  • Floss regularly with dentist-approved special flossers that are designed to clean the hard-to-reach spaces of dentures and bridges.
  • When not in use, secure your dentures in a safe place with water.

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