Dentures are a great treatment option for individuals that are missing most, if not all of their teeth. They are kept in place with denture adhesive and the tissues in the oral cavity. Dentures are one of the only teeth replacement options that are removable, although some can be fastened into dental implants to keep things in place.
What are the advantages of dentures?
Dentures offer a variety of benefits. They restore the ability to chew and talk normally. They can also help to restore the look of your smile and face, which can become sunken in due to missing teeth.
What are the disadvantages of dentures?
One of the only complaints that many patients have with dentures is that they often do not stay in place. They can slip and slide around in your mouth. They are also incredibly fragile, so make sure to care for them properly and handle them with care.
What are partial dentures?
A partial denture is exactly what it sounds; a type of denture that replaces some but not all of the teeth in one’s mouth. Partial dentures vary depending on the person and how many teeth need to be replaced, but they generally consist of a metal framework that clasps to your existing teeth. Partial dentures are also sometimes held into place via crowns on your natural teeth.
How do I care for my dentures?
When you get dentures, we will recommend certain dental cleaners. It is important to stick to brands with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance so that you can be sure that you are using the highest quality of products. Do not use regular toothpaste while cleaning your dentures, it is too harsh and can wear away at them. Some people prefer to use hand or dish soap to clean their dentures.
It is important to clean your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any food deposits that may get stuck in them. It is also important to keep your dentures moist so that they do not lose their shape. Regardless of how you clean your dentures, make sure to rinse them off thoroughly before you put them back in your mouth and never, ever swallow or ingest denture cleaners.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, dentures may be a good tooth replacement option for you. Give us a call today and together we can decide if you are a good candidate for whole or partial dentures.