Dentures

Before & After

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A denture can aid in the suitable chewing of food, which can be difficult if you have missing teeth. A denture may also stop drooping of the face by providing foundation for the lips and cheeks and in certain cases improve speech. A removable partial denture, also called a removable bridge, can fill the gap left by missing teeth and improve your smile. A partial denture can be made of acrylic resin, metal, or a combination of the two.

An important part of maintaining a healthy smile is making sure to replace any missing teeth in your mouth. If teeth are absent it can alter the arrangement of the remaining teeth, they can shift into the surrounding empty space. Teeth that shift location can severely complicate the oral tissues. Thorough cleaning between crooked teeth can be tricky, growing the risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease and in turn, leading to the loss of further teeth.

If every tooth of the upper or lower are absent then a complete or full denture can be implemented, there two types, “conventional” or “immediate”. With conventional dentures, once all of the teeth are extracted, the gums are allowed to heal for four to eight weeks before the denture is positioned. Conventional dentures are also sometimes used to substitute old or existing dentures. Immediate dentures are fitted instantaneously after the teeth have been extracted. The down side to immediate dentures is that additional adjustments cannot be made to the devise after the mouth has healed.

Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

How to Care for Dentures

Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.