When you have problem with your teeth, you have also various solutions to restore your smile and to regain your self-confidence. Your dentist may recommend you to have crowns, bridges, implants, dentures, depending on your oral health problems. Today we will discuss about dentures. We will find out what a denture is, what to expect when you wear a denture, how to take care of your dentures and other interesting information.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete dentures. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Dentures are not only for elderly people. Everyone can be recommended this type of dental treatment, depending on the missing teeth. The process of getting dentures takes about two to six weeks and implies several appointments. After the initial diagnosis, the dentist will take impressions and measurements of your jaw and create models to determine the appliance’s shape and position. A try-in will be placed in order to assure proper color, shape and fit. After you receive the final dentures, the dentist will do minor adjustments. And that is all.
What should I expect if I have a denture done?
In the beginning new dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first weeks or even months. Eating and speaking may become more difficult and may take a little practice. Some dentures wearers may notice a change in their facial appear, increased salivary flow or minor irritation. Should I wear my dentures all the time? Dentures are worn during the day and taken out at night to give the oral tissues time to relax. You should remove dentures before going to bed. This allows gum tissues to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. Make sure you put it in cleansing solution or water.
How should I take care of my dentures?
Your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. You should use a soft bristle toothbrush and a nonabrasive cleanser to gently brush all the surfaces of the dentures (not toothpaste). Before inserting your dentures, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled brush to stimulate tissue circulation and remove plaque. This can help reduce the irritation and bad breath.
Should I use an adhesive?
Denture adhesives may be recommended, especially for those patients who have never had dentures. Adhesives may improve the stability of dentures, which will increase the wearer’s confidence. They are safe as long as are used as directed by your dentist. How long do denture last? If you properly take care of your dentures, they should last a minimum of 5 years.
Do your regular checkups to your dentist
Be sure to schedule regular checkups. The dentist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly. With age your mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain a proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust or remake your denture.
As a conclusion, dentures are a solution when you have no teeth or little teeth in your mouth. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change too much. At the beginning it will be a little difficult to eat or to speak, but after you get used to your new teeth, everything will be great.
To obtain additional information related to dentures or if you have dental problems, please give us a call at 610.647.7611. Dr. Arhiri is here to help you. He will do a video exam and he will give you a feedback about your oral health.