A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are used to replace a missing tooth or even multiple missing teeth. These artificial teeth and gums can be used with remaining teeth, implants or none at all. They can also be permanent or temporary, depending on each patient’s condition.
What are Partial Dentures?
A partial denture is created to fit around your natural teeth. Typically, a partial denture will be used where you have multiple healthy teeth in the arch that won’t need a tooth extraction procedure in the near future. Partial dentures are held in place by clasps that fit onto neighbouring natural teeth, as well as by other retentive features depending on how many teeth are retained. Your dentist may recommend dental implants to give your partial dentures extra stability. How Are They Made?
Previously, dentures were made from plastic or porcelain. Today, they’re usually made using hard resin. Both artificial teeth and gums are made to look natural with a customized fit for each individual patient. This material can be more delicate so it’s important to take good care of them to prevent chipping or cracks.
Why Are They Necessary?
If you’re missing teeth, this can impact the entire shape and health of your face and jaw structure since they’re not getting supported adequately. Dentures provide the support that your mouth needs to maintain a strong and healthy structure for the face, cheeks, and lips. Of course, eating food is also easier with dentures and it will give you a beautiful smile to show off.
How to Care for Dentures?
As mentioned, dentures are fragile and can sustain damage easily if you’re not careful. Take good care of them by cleaning them daily, as you would with natural teeth. Bacteria will still exist even with artificial teeth. To clean them properly, remove them and rinse them underwater. Then using a soft denture brush and denture cleaner, give it a thorough cleaning. Do not use regular toothbrushes or toothpaste as these can cause damage. Finally, rinse them again. Don’t forget to give your gums or any existing teeth cleaning too. Before getting into bed, remove them and store them in a cup with warm water and denture solution to prevent them from drying out or tarnishing.
Got more questions about dentures? Contact us today at Aryas Dental to set up an appointment so we can address any questions or concerns you may have.