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Dentures & Partial Dentures

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.

How Does A Partial Denture Work?

A removable partial denture has replacement teeth. They are attached to an acrylic base which matches your gum’s color. The support may protect a metallic framework. It often has clasps that cling to your teeth. It maintains the denture’s position.

A dentist may advise you to add crowns to your remaining natural teeth. They enhance the way a partial denture fits in your mouth. We can inform you on fitting the partial denture that you procure.

Inserting and removing a partial denture requires constant practice. In the start, you might feel a bit odd before getting accustomed to it. Avoid forcing the partial denture into its rightful position by shutting your mouth. It could bend the clasps and destroy your teeth. It’s recommended for one to visit a dentist if their new denture is causing some discomfort.

A patient shouldn’t wear a partial denture throughout the day. They should be removed before taking a nap and replaced upon waking up. A reliable dentist will typically follow up on your condition to check sore spots and pressure points. They adjust the denture so that it fits properly.

How Should Partial Dentures Be Maintained?

It’s essential for one to take care of their dentures. Use these tips;

  • Clean the partial denture: A patient should take out the denture and brush off food particles. They should wet their brush and apply a denture cleaner. Alternatively, they can use a small amount of liquid detergent.
  • Gently brush the denture’s surface: It is recommended for one to use a unique brush specially designed for partial dentures. However, you can use an ordinary toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Avoid using toothpaste: You shouldn’t clean the denture with toothpaste. Some brands have abrasive elements which destroy the denture’s base.
  • Hold the dentures over a sink: When brushing your dental device, you can hold it over a wet towel. You can also use a pan with cold water. Partial dentures are delicate. They can easily break.
  • Soak your partial denture: When you aren’t wearing it, you should soak it in a denture solution. Allow it to dry as it could get distorted.
  • Procure a certified denture cleanser: Most dentists recommend patients to purchase a detergent with an American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. It assures users of the product’s effectiveness and safety.
  • Rinse your denture: After using a denture cleanser, one should rinse it for a while. It could contain toxic elements that could harm injure your mouth.
  • Brush your teeth: You should do it twice a day using conventional fluoride toothpaste. However, you should be extra careful when cleaning teeth beneath your denture’s clasps.

Your partial denture needs constant adjustment as you age. Contact us whenever you have a dental concern. We create an efficient denture as soon as you visit our Arvada, CO office.

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