Dentures replace missing teeth, help improve speech cause by missing teeth, improve chewing, and improve facial appearance. There are two types of dentures, complete dentures and removable partial dentures.
For patients missing several teeth, removable partial dentures are recommended. These types of dentures use the original teeth to anchor the removable partial denture in place. There are different types for removable partial dentures and designs vary based on need. Consults your dentist to see what is best for you.
For patients that require all of their teeth be replaced, a set of complete dentures may be needed. If it’s just the top teeth or bottom, or your whole mouth, your dentist may suggest a set of complete dentures.
Your dentist can evaluate your teeth and determine if removable partial dentures or complete dentures are needed or may provide alternatives including dental implants or bridges.
There are several different denture types, which means there are more options for treatment. Your dentures will meet your specific needs.
You must take good care of your dentures. Your oral hygienist can demonstrate how you can best take care of your dentures. For partial dentures, you will remove these before brushing teeth and soak them in a cleaning solution overnight.
You must avoid brushing your dentures too forcefully. This will cause there to be some surface damage. Some toothbrushes are designed to be used with dentures, your dentist will be able to tell you the type of toothbrush that will be best for your dentures.
You should brush your tongue and gums at the same time as your teeth. This will prevent any bacterial build-up.
After your dentures are fitted, you must have regular check-ups. Your dentist will be able to spot any changes within your gums.
When teeth are missing, your facial bone structure and gum-line can change. These changes mean that your dentures will need to be periodically adjusted so that they provide you with optimal comfort and work as intended.
Missing teeth not only impact your confidence, but they can impact how you eat, talk and your facial structure. Pain and discomfort often following missing teeth as the mouth and jaw will move in unnatural ways to compensate for the missing teeth.
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