For patients who have lost multiple teeth, dentures and partials are viable options to improve the look of your smile and oral health. Dentures work by replacing the missing teeth and gum tissues, while a partial is used when multiple teeth are missing but some natural teeth remain. These appliances can improve your ability to chew and speak, while giving you back your confidence at the same time. Learn more about how dentures and partials work, and which would be best for your oral health needs with this guide!
Types of Dentures
As we get older and our bodies age, our teeth age with us. Many times, people will lose teeth during this process as they fall out, and others might suffer from injuries to the mouth that knock out their permanent teeth. Dentures provide an alternative to missing teeth by replacing holes and spaces in the mouth to restore your smile and appearance. Dentures are removable, custom-made appliances that not only replace missing teeth but allow you to speak and eat better than you did with your missing teeth. Facial muscles sag as we lose our teeth, which can make us look older and damage our confidence. Dentures help fill out and lift the face to its normal dimensions and are closely resembled after your original teeth to look as natural as possible. There are three main types of dentures: conventional full denture, immediate full denture and partial denture. Conventional full dentures are those that are placed in the mouth after the remaining teeth have been extracted and gum tissues are healed. These dentures are removable but can only be used once your gums and mouth have healed from the tooth extraction process. Immediate full dentures are inserted on the same day that your teeth are removed so that you can have teeth to speak, chew and eat with. These dentures have to be relined every so often as they become loose when the bone supporting the teeth reshapes during the healing period. Lastly, partial dentures are used when multiple teeth are missing but other remain. A metal framework or clasp is attached to the neighboring teeth for stability. You will be given one of these three types of dentures depending on your specific needs and comfort level so that you can keep smiling for years to come.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Some patients will only need dentures in their elderly years, while others can have them for decades if they had premature tooth loss or a mouth injury early on in their lives. Whatever the circumstance is, there are ways that you can ensure the strength and stability of your dentures for years to come. As you age, your mouth will naturally change, which will cause your dentures to loosen. This, along with the need to reline, rebase or remake your dentures are some reasons why it’s important to visit your dentist regularly so he/she can check the status of your dentures. The following are some tips to make sure that your dentures stay clean and intact:
Cleaning Your Dentures
Like your teeth, your dentures need to be cleaned regularly to prevent bacteria from growing. Make sure that you are rinsing your dentures before brushing to remove any food particles. When brushing, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleaner to brush the surface of the dentures without scratching them. Sticking to a good oral hygiene routine by scrubbing your gums, cheeks, tongue and roof of your mouth will prevent plaque from developing and diminish bad breath. Some dentures require the wearer to use an adhesive to keep them in place in the mouth. Some adhesives are used as creams, powders, strips, liquids, and pads/wafers, and should be used exactly as directed on the instruction manual. Depending on what adhesive you use, your dentures will need to be cleaned according to the guidelines that are given when you first begin using it.
Scheduling A Consultation
If you have missing teeth and are wanting to improve the look of your smile, our team at Mountain Aire Dentistry can help! Dr. Berry and his staff are experienced at creating and placing dentures to give patients their confidence and smiles back. Call our office at (303) 731-7755 to learn about our new patient specials and schedule your appointment for a denture fitting. The journey to get the beautiful smile you deserve starts today. Call now!