Dentures are a common treatment in restorative dentistry for patients with missing teeth. Both full and partial dentures are available to suit your needs.
What Are Dentures?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. This restorative dental treatment is a convenient solution for patients who have lost their natural teeth, often due to tooth decay, injury, or gum disease.
Patients who have lost their natural teeth often struggle to eat and speak comfortably. In addition to restoring your full, healthy smile, dentures can help you get back to eating and speaking as usual.
What Types of Dentures Are Available?
The two main types of dentures are complete (or full) dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are made after all of the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. The complete denture will include an acrylic base that’s custom-made in the dental factory. Dentures are made to look like natural gums, and they either sit over the gums or are anchored to dental implants.
Partial dentures are made when only a few teeth need to be replaced. The partial denture either attaches to crowns on either side of the denture or to a metal framework that’s attached to the neighboring teeth. Partial dentures can be removable or anchored in place by being attached to dental implants.
Sometimes, adhesives are used by patients who wear dentures. Several types of denture adhesives are available, including powders, creams, strips, and gels. Be sure to use the adhesives only as directed by your dentist.
After you first start wearing your denture, it may feel strange or uncomfortable. But once the muscles in your mouth adjust to this appliance, it will start to feel normal. Mild soreness and irritation are also common in the early days of wearing dentures, as your mouth has to produce more saliva to accommodate the appliance.
It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene to ensure the longevity of your dentures. Brush dentures every day as you would your regular teeth to prevent the build-up of plaque, being sure to rinse the denture before you brush it.
When you’re not wearing your denture, be sure to keep it in a safe place. Always immerse your denture in water when it’s not in your mouth to keep it from warping.
If you have missing teeth and are looking to restore your natural smile, contact us about dentures today.