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 dental service 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, full and partial.
What Are Partial Dentures?
If you still have healthy teeth but have sections that are missing, there is no need to replace perfectly healthy teeth. Partial dentures are used to fill in the gaps. They are similar to full dentures, which are false teeth in an acrylic base. However, the difference is that partial dentures will have metal clasps that attach to adjacent healthy teeth to help hold them in place. Partial Dentures are created from molds in your mouth and you will most likely need to be periodically refit for a new set.
Caring for Your Dentures
Dentures 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 brake 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.