What are dentures?
Dentures are a type of dental prosthetic that replace missing teeth to improve your dental aesthetic. They are custom-made to each patient. While dentures will never feel completely like your natural teeth, modern dentures look and feel better than ever.
Types of dentures
There are two different types of dentures – partial dentures and complete dentures. Complete dentures are used when an entire arch of teeth are missing. Partial dentures can be used to fill gaps of one or more teeth, among those remaining.
Who needs dentures?
Those without teeth or who are at imminent risk of losing their teeth are good candidates for complete dentures. Partial dentures are also an option for those with one or multiple missing teeth.
To care for your dentures, you should follow some simple guidelines.
- Remove and rinse your dentures after eating to remove food debris and residue, and other loose particles. Make sure you do this over a cushioned surface (such as a folded towel) so your dentures won’t break if you drop them.
- Handle your dentures carefully, they are delicate! Particularly when you are cleaning, make sure they are treated gently as to not break anything.
- Clean your mouth after removing your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Used the toothbrush to remove plaque and food residue from your gums, tongue, checks and palate.
- Brush your dentures daily (minimum) to ensure they last. Your dentist will teach you how to do this properly after you have received your dentures.
- Soak your dentures overnight. Most types of dentures require soaking, as drying out will cause them to lose their shape. Check with your dentist about how you should store your dentures overnight.
- Rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth especially if you’re using a denture solution. If swallowed, these solutions can contain chemicals that may cause vomiting, burning or pain.
- Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups. Your dentist will recommend regular visits to ensure your dentures are fitting and working as they should, and that the rest of your mouth is in good health. At this appointment, your dentures will also be professionally cleaned. Visit your dentist immediately if your dentures are loose. This can cause irritation or infection if ignored.
- Avoid abrasive cleaning materials, bleach-containing products and hot water as they can cause damage to the surface of your dentures and warp them out of shape.
Are there alternatives to dentures?
Yes, dental implants and bridges are both viable methods for replacing your missing teeth. Dental implants are metal posts that are integrated into your jawbone and gum structure to replicate tooth roots. A dental crown is placed atop the metal rod to provide a natural-looking appearance and give the functionality of a natural tooth. The way dental implants are applied means they help maintain the integrity of your jawbone and gums in the absence of natural teeth. Dental bridges are a minimally invasive replacement for natural teeth. Anchored by crowns on either side, the dental prosthetic ‘bridges’ gaps between teeth.
Dentures at Dream Smiles
Thinking about getting dentures? Contact the team at Dream Smiles today!