Dentures are removable dental appliances used for teeth replacement. Patients may experience tooth loss due to decay, gum disease, or injury. It is important to replace your missing teeth because not only does it restore your smile but it improves your oral health as well. Patients will notice better chewing and speaking abilities while improving their face shape. Dentures are available as complete and partial. Patients that have lost all of their teeth in their top or lower jaws need completes. While, those that have lost a few teeth can benefit from partials.
What types of dentures are available?
There are 3 types to consider:
Conventional – These offer the best fit because they are customized. If a patient needs tooth extraction, the dentures are placed in the mouth after the gums have healed. Although, this can take several weeks, the patient will notice a more comfortable fit.
Immediate – Immediate dentures are the most convenient. Patients do not need to wait for the gums to heal. They can receive them the same day of tooth extraction. However, the patient will need to return to readjust the dentures when the gums heal.
Overdenture – When healthy teeth remain, they can serve as anchors for your denture. It offers a more secure fit and stability. Dental implants can also provide the same support.
How do I maintain them?
Your dentures are delicate. Handle them with care. Be sure to brush them before and after use. Also, keep them in clean water when not using them.