In dentistry, there are many ways that we can transform your smile. When you are missing teeth, the most common ways are with implants, bridges and dentures, and combinations of the three.
Dental implants are the most permanent solution, because they replace your teeth with a synthetic tooth that is surgically placed into your jaw. Once it is placed, it feels and functions like your original tooth. Dentures can also be attached to implants, which anchor the denture in place so that it is “fixed” and non-removable, essentially replicating your teeth as well.
However, for some patients, removable dentures are a great solution, and that is what we are going to talk about today. Dentures can not only restore smiles but also confidence. Dentures are a common dental solution that can significantly improve a person’s quality of life in form and in function. In this blog post, we’ll share some essential facts about dentures and provide valuable tips to help you maintain your oral health and ensure your dentures fit comfortably.
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. They come in two primary types:
Complete Dentures: These are used when all teeth in an arch (upper or lower) are missing. Complete dentures consist of a full set of artificial teeth attached to a pink acrylic base that fits snugly over the gums.
Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are employed when only some teeth are missing, and they attach to the remaining natural teeth, often using metal clasps or precision attachments.
Facts About Dentures
Customization is Key: Dentures are not one-size-fits-all. Your dentist will take precise measurements of your mouth to create custom dentures that fit comfortably and look natural.
Adjustment Period: Getting used to dentures can take time. You may experience some initial discomfort and difficulty speaking or eating. However, with practice and patience, these issues usually subside.
Regular Maintenance: Just like natural teeth, dentures require proper care. They should be cleaned daily, and you should schedule regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure they are in good condition.
Bone Resorption: When teeth are missing, the underlying jawbone can start to deteriorate over time. Dentures can help preserve the bone structure to some extent, but periodic adjustments may be necessary as your jaw changes.
Tips for Denture Care
Proper Cleaning: Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristle brush and a mild denture cleaner. Avoid using toothpaste, as it can be too abrasive and damage the denture’s surface.
Soak Overnight: Dentures should be soaked in water or a denture cleaning solution overnight to keep them moist and maintain their shape.
Handle with Care: Dentures are delicate. When handling them, be gentle to avoid bending or breaking them. Always hold them over a soft surface or a folded towel in case they fall.
Oral Hygiene: Even with dentures, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue, and any remaining natural teeth with a soft toothbrush to prevent plaque buildup.
Regular Check-ups: Visit your dentist for regular check-ups, even if you have dentures. Your dentist can assess the fit and make necessary adjustments to ensure your dentures remain comfortable and functional.
Dietary Considerations: Initially, stick to softer foods and gradually reintroduce a more varied diet as you become accustomed to your dentures. Avoid extremely hot or hard foods that could damage your dentures.
Be Patient: As mentioned earlier, adapting to dentures may take time. Don’t get discouraged if you face initial challenges. With practice, your speech and eating abilities will improve.
Avoid DIY Repairs: If your dentures become damaged or ill-fitting, resist the temptation to repair them yourself with adhesives or glue. DIY fixes can make the problem worse. Always consult your dentist for repairs or adjustments.
Maintaining Oral Health with Dentures
Dentures can greatly enhance your oral function and appearance, but they also require diligent care to ensure they continue to serve you well. Additionally, it’s crucial to remember that oral health extends beyond the dentures themselves. The health of your gums and any remaining natural teeth plays a significant role in the success of your dentures.
By following these tips and regularly visiting your dentist, you can enjoy the benefits of dentures for years to come. Whether you have complete or partial dentures, they can help you regain confidence in your smile and your ability to eat and speak comfortably.
If you have any questions or concerns about dentures or need professional guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Beyond Dental Health. We are here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile that you can be proud of. If you are a senior and need a cost-effective way to obtain senior dental care while approaching or in retirement, contact us about our Senior Club Savings Plans.
Remember, with proper care and patience, dentures can be a reliable and life-changing solution for missing teeth.
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