Dentures are removable teeth used to fill gaps left by lost teeth. The most common causes of tooth loss are gum disease, tooth decay, facial or jaw injuries, aging naturally, and other inherited disorders. Over time, missing teeth can cause the muscles in your face to sag, making it necessary to wear dentures to fill out the profile of your face and enhance your appearance. Additionally, dentures help with pronunciation improvement and the restoration of chewing and eating abilities. For more inquiries about dentures, visit Frankart Family Dental.
Who Needs Dental Dentures?
People who have lost several, or all of their teeth can benefit significantly from dentures. Your eligibility for dentures is determined by the state of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. To support the dentures, you must still have a significant amount of strong, healthy, and robust jawbone tissue. This is because prosthetic teeth require additional support from natural tissues for them to last for an extended period.
Types of Dentures
Dentures are available in various types, including complete dentures, detachable partial dentures, fixed partial dentures, and implant-retained dentures. Your lifestyle and oral health will determine which type of dentures is ideal for you.
Complete or full dentures are prosthetics that entirely replace all of your missing natural teeth. Complete dentures are necessary when all other tooth restoration options have failed. They are held in place by suction and are easily removable. The shape and appearance of your natural teeth can be replicated with these dentures through customization. Most significantly, they support appropriate biting, chewing, and eating of food like before. They also help to improve confidence and self-esteem and stop bone loss. The cost of complete dentures is lower and can last up to 10 years. Unfortunately, because of the thick material that covers the palate, full dentures might cause challenges with speech at first, until you get used to them.
Fixed partials, also known as implant-supported bridges, are dentures that use natural teeth as abutments. Unlike complete dentures, they are not removable because they are permanent dentures. These replacement teeth fill in one or more gaps in your missing teeth, improving their aesthetic value. Additionally, they strengthen the way your teeth work and give your mouth more protection. Their primary disadvantage is that they can cost more.
How to Take Care of Your Dentures
Your dentures will last for an extended period if you take exceptional care of them. Just like your natural teeth, ensure you brush your dentures twice daily. This will prevent plaque accumulation, which can cause gum disease, stains, and bad breath. Also, immerse your removable dentures in water to remove any food residue. Then, gently brush the dentures using a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap. Make sure you clean the dentures thoroughly, paying close attention to the clasps because bacteria can grow there. Be careful not to damage the bent attachments when washing your dentures.
After taking off your dentures, massage and clean your gums. For those with complete dentures, you should remove them when you sleep to give time for your mouth to relax. When not being worn, soak your dentures in warm water.
Visit Frankart Family Dental for more tips on how to care for your dentures. Call us today at (513) 809-1366 to schedule an appointment.
Get in Touch!
3615 Socialville-Foster Rd. Suite E
Mason, Ohio 45040