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What are Dentures?

Dentures are a removable appliance that is made to replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. In the case of someone losing all their natural teeth for reasons such as tooth decay, gum disease, injury, or other natural causes, having a set of dentures made to fit your mouth will not only benefit your appearance but your health as well. Without teeth, sometimes your speech can change a little and it might become harder to pronounce some words. Or even imagine trying to eat and chew through food without teeth. Some of the things that we take for granted are made a lot easier with teeth. Dentures help solve this problem for those who have lost theirs’. Because your teeth help stimulate and support your jaw bone, if you lose all of your teeth, that bone will start to become atrophied and can cause your facial muscles to sag, changing your appearance and making you look older. Dentures help take care of this and fill out the appearance of your face and profile. With the technology doctors use, they can be designed to closely resemble your natural teeth and fit your appearance. In some cases, they can even improve your smile.

What are the different types of dentures?

There are two different types of dentures. Sitting down with your Dentist to go over your teeth and what fits your mouth best is the first step. Here are different types that are offered:

Partial Dentures: These can be made with either a plastic base or metal framework that helps support the amount of teeth that need to be replaced. This style of denture is held in place by clasps and rests that are carefully situated around the remaining natural teeth. The traditional style of partial dentures is the one that features the metal framework because of how rigid and strong the metal is. You might hear of plastic partial dentures being used as an immediate  emergency replacement or just temporary replacement for missing teeth. Those ones are just temporary because they allow the gums and bone to heal before having a permanent restorative solution planned out. Partial dentures are used when there are still one or more natural teeth remaining in the upper and lower jaw.

Complete Dentures: These dentures feature a plastic base that is colored to replicate the gum tissue and will support a full set of plastic teeth or in some cases even porcelain teeth. Traditionally, complete dentures are held in place by forming a seal with the gums. But they can also be held in the mouth by attaching to dental implants that are surgically placed in the bone of the jaws. However, that procedure can cost quite a bit more than the traditional complete denture. There are two different designs with this type known as conventional or immediate dentures. The conventional type requires measurements after the teeth have already been removed and the gum tissue has started to heal. So typically they are not ready to be worn until about 8- 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures on the other hand, are measured for with the teeth still in the mouth so that they are done in advance and can be positioned in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed. The nice thing about these is that the wearer does not have to worry about going almost 8 weeks without any teeth. However, a downside is because they are placed in the mouth before it has fully healed, bones and the gum size will most likely shrink a little over time especially as they are healing which means the immediate dentures would call for more adjustments over time.

How do you care for dentures?

Just like your teeth, you should regularly care for and clean your dentures so that they maintain their appearance and don’t hold bacteria that can cause infections to your gums. Here are a couple of things to remember when it comes to caring for them:

  • Make sure to always rinse your dentures before brushing them and removing plaque or lose food. 
  • Make sure to always rinse your dentures before brushing them and removing plaque or lose food. 
  • Make sure to always rinse your dentures before brushing them and removing plaque or lose food. 
  • Make sure to always rinse your dentures before brushing them and removing plaque or lose food. 

How long do dentures last?

If taken care of properly, dentures should last you a minimum of five years. As time goes on the bones in your mouth may shrink and eventually cause the denture to become loose. Now the rate of how quick this will happen varies with every individual. But it is important to keep up with your visits to your dentist so it can be monitored and adjustments can be made so that it continues to fit properly. Some accidents may happen where you might crack or find a fracture in the teeth or their acrylic base. These can usually be repaired in 1-2 days. As long as you are keeping up with cleaning it, making sure it is stored properly, and wearing it correctly, you should be able to get the most out of it. 

Dentures are designed to help you maintain your health, confidence, and smile. If you ever have any questions or concerns about them do not hesitate to reach out and ask. Make sure to attend your regular cleanings and visits so that your dentist can stay up to date with you and how your dentures are working for you and fitting.