Dentures are removable devices that replace lost teeth. They help in restoring a bright, natural looking smile. Teeth can be lost due to gum disease, injury or tooth decay. Applying dentures is beneficial to both your appearance and health: they are imperative for restoring function lost with missing teeth.
How Do Dentures Function?
Dentures help individuals with missing teeth chew and speak fluently. When someone loses their teeth, their facial muscles relax and loosen around the jaw, often creating an aging appearance. Dentures help fill out the appearance of the face and encourage muscular firmness. They closely resemble a person’s natural teeth, and typically only cause a slight difference in their natural look.
What Are The Different Types Of Dentures?
- Conventional dentures: Removable dentures that are carefully made and fixed in a patient’s mouth. At first, all the remaining teeth are removed. Oral tissues are then allowed to heal fully.
- Immediate dentures: Inserted soon after a client’s residual teeth are gently removed. Once a client visits us, we measure their oral cavity and create small models of their jaws. When healing, one may have fewer teeth. Immediate dentures may have to be relined after a patient’s jaws heal.
- Overdentures: Perfectly fits over several natural teeth after a dentist repairs them. At times, the specialist might save your teeth to preserve the jawbone and firmly support the denture. Alternatively, patients can also use dental implants.
You might feel uncomfortable before you get accustomed to new dentures. At first, your cheek muscles might be unable to hold them properly. One may also experience slight irritation and soreness. Additionally, the dentures can interfere with your usual saliva flow.
How To Maintain New Dentures?
Follow these tips to extend the durability of your dentures.
- Rinse them with warm water before brushing to aid in removing debris.
- Clean the surface of your dentures by gently brushing them with a non-abrasive cleanser or a bristle brush.
- Thoroughly clean your mouth when brushing. Remove loose food particles in the roof of your mouth, cheeks, gums, and tongue.
- When you are not using the dentures, store them in a safe place. Submerge them in water to avoid warping.
Sometimes, you may have to use adhesives such as creams, liquids, pads or powders. Closely follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid any injuries or damage. Be careful to only purchase adhesives and cleansers with an ADA Seal of Acceptance.
If you are suffering from mild or severe teeth loss, contact our office in Arvada, CO. We focus on providing long-term dental solutions to our clients. We offer competitive rates with trusted certified dentists, unmatched experience and passion to brighten your smile.