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What you Need to Know about Dentures

What you Need to Know about Dentures

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable false teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. The use of dentures consequently results in the restoration of a beautiful smile. If you have lost all or the majority of your teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, etc you might seriously want to consider having dentures as a replacement to the missing teeth.

Dentures would not only allow for you to eat properly, but to also speak properly as such tasks are a function of your teeth. In addition, dentures will also assist in improving the facial profile since facial muscles tend to sag after losing all or the majority of your teeth.

What are the different types of dentures?

There are three (3) major types of dentures. These include:-

  • Conventional dentures. These dentures are fully removable and are placed in your mouth after the last set of teeth has been removed and tissues have healed. This process can take up to several months in some circumstances.
  • Immediate dentures. These dentures are also removable, but unlike conventional dentures, they can be inserted into the mouth the same day that all remaining teeth have been extracted - This is all made possible by your dentist taking the necessary measurements and creating models of your jaw during a precursory visit. The advantage of immediate dentures over conventional dentures is that you won’t have to go without the appearance of teeth during the healing period. But there are some instances where you might have to get immediate dentures relined or remade after the jaw has healed.
  • Overdenture. These dentures are utilized in situations where some of your natural teeth can be preserved and used as stability and support for the denture. The overdenture will fit snugly over the remaining natural teeth after the necessary preparations have been made.

How to care for dentures?

Initially, new dentures might be a little uncomfortable but as time goes on, you will get accustom to the feeling of them being in your mouth. To speed up the process, you might want to consider wearing the dentures all the time but your dentist will further advise you on if you should also sleep in them. It is also imperative that you have follow-up visits with dentist after dentures are fitted so that the fit can be checked and any adjustments made.

After your dentures have been thoroughly fitted, there are some precautions you should take so as to maintain dentures and your mouth. These include:-

  • Dental Hygiene. You should keep your mouth clean by bushing any remaining teeth, (if there are any), gums and tongue every morning and night with toothpaste. This is so as to prevent any dental problems such as gum disease or tooth decay from occurring.
  • Cleaning Dentures. It is paramount that dentures are cleaned as often as you will clean your normal teeth. You will need to remove any plaque or food deposits from dentures since unclean dentures can lead to issues such as bad breath, oral thrush, gum disease, etc. Your dentures can be cleaned at least twice daily by firstly brushing them with toothpaste or soap and water. Secondly, the dentures are soaked in a fizzy solution of denture-cleaning tablets so as to remove any stains and bacteria. Lastly, you will then brush the dentures again, as you would your normal teeth.
  • Eating with Dentures. At the outset, you should only eat soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Attention must be paid to using both sides of your mouth for slowly chewing food. Sticky foods and hard or sharp-edged foods or tools, (such as chewing gum and toothpicks), should also be avoided in the beginning.
  • Denture Adhesive. Denture adhesive might not be a necessity as dentures should fit properly but some persons feel safer and more confident knowing that dentures are secured with adhesive. If you choose to use adhesive, avoid using excessive amounts of the adhesive. Make sure that adhesive is properly removed from dentures by brushing it with soap and water. Traces of adhesive left in the mouth can be removed by using a damp kitchen roll or flannel.