Complete Dental Dentures
If you are missing teeth you’ve probably noticed that simple, everyday tasks, like eating and talking, have become exceptionally more difficult. You may find it is hard to chew many of your favorite foods or that people are having a hard time understanding you. You’ve most likely noticed a change in your appearance and you may have found yourself smiling less or putting your hand over your mouth a lot more. At Dallas Prosthodontics, we understand the importance of your teeth and that missing them has a huge impact on your life. One option that we offer for replacing missing teeth is dentures.
What are Dentures?Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth. The false teeth are set into an acrylic base that is supported by your gums. Dentures are meant to be removed every night for cleaning and to allow your gums a chance to rest while you sleep. There are two types of removable dentures, complete and partial.
What Are Complete Dentures?Complete dentures are meant to replace an entire arch of missing or severely damaged teeth. It could be the top arch, bottom arch or both. Before impressions are taken, we will remove any remaining irreparable teeth. An impression will be taken of your mouth to help create a set of dentures with a proper fit. The impressions are then used in our in-house lab to fabricate them.
Complete dentures are supported by your gums and are held in place simply by suction. Over time, without natural teeth in your jawbone, your jaw begins to change shape. As a result, your dentures will not fit as they did when you first got them. This means that you will need to be fit for a new set usually every seven years. When you start to notice a change in the way your dentures fit, you should contact us right away.
Caring for Your DenturesDentures do require special care to help remove plaque and bacteria to prevent infections and other oral health issues. Before you remove them, make sure to set down a towel on your counter or fill your sink with water to provide a cushion in case you drop them. Dentures are fragile and could break upon contact with a solid surface. Use a soft bristled brush and a denture-cleaning agent to slowly clean the denture.
Toothpaste is abrasive and can leave microscopic scratches that could harbor bacteria. Use a soft bristled brush to clean your mouth, gums, healthy teeth, tongue and cheeks. Soak your dentures in a denture solution overnight. Before you reinsert your dentures in the morning, be sure to rinse them well as the solution could be irritating to your sensitive gum tissue. The latest dentures are much more lifelike and once in place you will have a full, beautiful smile. No one will be able to tell you are wearing them.
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