Dentures are replacements for natural missing teeth. Dentures are fully removable and although they won’t feel exactly the same as your natural teeth, modern dentures are more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than ever before. There are two main kinds of denture; Full Dentures, ones that fully replace all your teeth and Partial Dentures, those that only replace some of your teeth. You should consult with your dentist as to which kind is right for you depend on your situation.
Why do people lose their teeth?
Tooth loss usually occurs due to periodontal disease or gum disease as well as tooth decay. Periodontal disease is typically caused by a plaque buildup and from bacteria attacking your gums. Infected gums lose their sturdiness and teeth may loosen and fall out. Older people tend to have a lot of cavities that can cause tooth loss. Fillings can weaken over time and trigger further tooth decay. Smoking has a negative effect on your oral hygiene as does an excess of sugary foods and drinks. Ask your dentist for advice on your diet and lifestyle.
This type of denture has an acrylic base, which is colored to match your natural tissue and fits over the gums. The upper dentures fit neatly into the roof of your mouth and the lower dentures have a horseshoe shape so that your tongue is properly accommodated.
Immediate full dentures
An immediate denture is called this because it is inserted into your mouth immediately after any remaining teeth have been removed. The denture is designed by your dentist taking several measurements and models of your jaw and is done in advance. The advantage of immediate dentures means having your teeth inserted immediately so you won’t be without teeth for any length of time.
A partial denture is based upon a metal structure, which rests and is retained on to your natural teeth. In some cases crowns will also be used on some of your natural teeth to create a sturdy anchor for your dentures.
Caring for your dentures
As time goes on your denture will need to be periodically remade, relined or have a new base fitted due to everyday wear. The shape of your mouth will also change as you age, which can affect the retention of the dentures and cause changes with chewing or denture loosening. It’s recommended you see your dentist for a checkup at least once a year.
There are some common tips you can follow to get the most out of your dentures and care for them properly. It’s important to take care when cleaning your dentures; they’re often fragile and can break if dropped. Try to keep your dentures moist by placing them in a denture cleansing solution or just in cool water when not wearing them. Avoid using hot water to soak your dentures; this may warp their shape. You’ll need to brush your dentures as you do your normal teeth, this will help remove food debris, plaque and prevent staining. If your dentures crack, chip or loosen don’t adjust them yourself, consult your dentist as soon as possible.
The dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns. So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.
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