With proper health care, teeth can easily last your lifetime. Dental products have improved, this includes the dental materials the dentist will use to restore teeth and the personal home care products. However, even if you are missing a few teeth you can consider filling the spaces with a denture(s).
Different Types of Dentures
There are many types of dentures available. We can replace a single missing tooth and an entire set of missing teeth.
There are two categories: partial or full denture. The process will always involve impression taking. The impressions are sent to the lab. The denture process will also include digital photos, this helps to fabricate a new set of teeth which can look very natural.
Dentures can be secured to natural teeth or implants. The implant support dentures always give the patient the most natural feeling and function.
This patient has a full upper denture and implant support lower denture
It is very important to care good care of dentures. Keeping dentures in good condition can be done with regular visits and home care.
- Clean your denture above a sink filled with water. If you drop the denture they can break. Keeping water in the sink will help prevent the denture from having damage.
- When cleaning the denture(s) you can use special paste to wash the denture and clasps (if you have a partial denture). It is extremely important the clasp’s on a partial denture are meticulously clean because they attach to natural teeth and can be an area that plaque easily builds. You can purchase dental products or use a gentle dish soap.
- Rinse the denture(s) very well. You should always remove a denture after a meal and rinse your mouth and the dentures. (This is extremely important if the denture has no implants or natural teeth supporting them. Food will impact under a denture.)
- Never sleep with a denture(s), you will need to allow the tissue to have a break from being covered by the denture(s). (There are different type of implant support dentures, some of these implant support are screw retained and these are not removed by you. A screw retained wrap around denture will be removed and cleaned every 12 to 18 months by a dentist.)
- Always place dentures in your mouth wet, they can be traumatic to tissue if they dry out.