Dentures are essentially replacements used by people who have more than just a few missing teeth. They can be worn, as well as taken out anytime, but while that proves to be much of a convenience, plenty of people dislike dentures. The main reason for this is that dentures will never feel the same as natural teeth. Though, with the advancements made in modern dental medicine, today’s dentures are much more natural looking and more comfortable to wear.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures used – full and partial. The dentist will be the one to decide which type of denture is best for you, a decision that’s based on whether all of your teeth are replaced or only a portion of it, as well as the cost involved.
How Dentures Work
Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory using impressions that are taken by dentists from their patient’s mouth.
They work, or at least full dentures do, by having a flesh-colored acrylic base being fitted over the gums. The base of the upper denture is then made to cover the roof of the mouth, while the lower denture is made to be similar in shape to that of a horseshoe to make it easier for you the tongue to fit.
• Conventional Dentures – This type of denture is placed in the mouth after the dentist has removed all the remaining teeth and the tissues have been given enough time to heal. The healing process is usually what turns off most people from conventional dentures because apart from it taking many months to heal, you will be without teeth the whole time.
• Immediate Full Dentures – As the name suggests, immediate full dentures can be inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. This means no more healing involved, which is good news since you don’t have to ever be without your teeth as well. The problem, though, is that the dentures have to be relined constantly to make sure that the denture does not become loose.
• Partial Dentures – Partial dentures rest on a metal framework that’s attached to your remaining teeth and are generally considered as a removable alternative to bridges. There are certain cases where a crown may be used to serve as anchors for the denture.
Proper Care and Maintenance
Your dentures will be relined, remade and sometimes, even rebased over time. This is because your mouth will change as you age and sometimes, these changes may cause your dentures to become loose, which could lead to worse dental problems if not fixed immediately.
It’s best to see your dentist at least once a year for a thorough examination of the current condition of your dentures.
Here are a few additional tips to help you take better care of your dentures:
• Always stand over a folded towel, or a basin of water, or carpets when handling your dentures. This is to prevent the dentures from breaking if dropped by accident.
• Place your dentures in a denture cleanser soaking solution or plain water when you’re not wearing them to prevent them from drying out. Avoid using hot water as this may cause the dentures to warp.
• Don’t forget to brush your dentures as often as you would your natural set of teeth to free it of plaque and food deposits. You can also use an ultrasonic cleaner, though, brushing and flossing are still better, as well as cheaper options.
• Before inserting your dentures, brush your gums, tongue and palate using a soft-bristled brush. This helps remove plaque and promote circulation in your tissues.
• If your dentures show signs of becoming loose, or breaking, chipping and/or cracks, go see your dentist immediately. Attempting to adjust or fix them yourself may result in irreversible damage and unnecessary expenses.
If you are missing several teeth and are interested in dentures, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at 918-396-3711. Visit the website to learn more about the practice by visiting williamsdentalok.com.