There comes a time when you may lose all or most of your teeth, and your facial muscles start to sag. Teeth give structure to your face, which is lost when you lose your teeth. Dentures can help fill the gap and get the appearance back, as well as aid in eating and speaking which otherwise would have been very difficult.
What is a Denture?
Aging, genetics, gum disease, tooth decay, or injury are among some of the reasons that lead to tooth loss or extraction. Replacing the lost natural teeth will benefit your appearance and your health as well. A denture is a removable replacement which is custom-made to fit your lost teeth. A denture is also made to resemble your teeth and its surrounding tissue and it will help you restore your smile.
Dentures are made to match your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. While dentures need some getting used to, they can improve your look and smile, as well as improve your lifestyle.
How to Care for Your Dentures?
In the past, dentures were made from porcelain or plastic, but more modern dentures are generally made from a hard resin. They are more delicate than natural teeth and are susceptible to crack or chip if they are dropped or uncared for. To care for your dentures, you must:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that does not harm your teeth and a non-abrasive cleanser. The dentures must be gently brushed.
- Risk of oral irritation and bad breath can be reduced by cleaning your mouth thoroughly.
- Don’t let the dentures dry out. You must place them in a denture-soaking solution or in plain water when they are not being used.
- Do not use hot water to clean or soak the dentures as they may cause them to warp.Dentures are easy to care for and convenient when you have lost all your teeth. But if you have a chipped or cracked denture, visit us immediately and do not try to fix it yourself. Call us at Smiles on the Canal to book your appointment. Dentures can change your life.
What are the Types of Dentures?
Dentures are always custom-made in a dental laboratory by using your mouth impressions. At Smiles on the Canal, your dentist will help you determine which of the types of dentures is most suitable for you:
- Conventional full denture: It is a removable denture that is placed after the dentist removes any remaining teeth in your mouth. Once the remaining teeth are removed, you must give time for the tissues to heal. This usually takes several months during which you will not have any teeth.
- Immediate full denture: For an immediate full denture, your dentist will take an impression and make models of your jaws during a prior visit. The remaining teeth are removed, and a denture is inserted immediately. You will never have to be without your teeth, but the dentures must be realigned several times.
- Partial or overdenture: If you have not lost all your teeth and some teeth are still healthy, then a partial denture is most suitable for you as natural teeth can preserve your jawbone. Natural teeth also provide stability and support for the partial denture which rests on a metal framework attached to your natural teeth. Crowns can be placed on your natural teeth to serve as anchors for the denture.