People’s facial muscles begin to sag when they begin losing teeth, creating the appearance of premature aging. A lot of patients opt for dentures as a way of filling out their profile appearance. Dentists make different types of dentures to mimic or at least resemble your natural teeth very closely. This way, your appearance is natural. Oftentimes, they will make your smile even more beautiful than it once was!
There are Three Types of Dentures
Before we get into the specific types, let’s define dentures first. These appliances can be removed and replace missing teeth. A patient benefits from them if they have lost their natural teeth due to injury, tooth decay, or gum disease. With dentures, it is easier to speak and eat than with poor teeth or no teeth.
Your dentist inserts them the same day they remove your existing teeth. He or she takes measurements and creates a true to life replica of your jaw. Immediate dentures are a good idea if you want to have teeth as you heal. You might need to have them remade or relined after your jaw has healed.
These are fully removable. The dentist places them in your mouth after removing your remaining teeth and healing the tissues. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
Over-dentures, as the name suggests, fit over your natural teeth. In some cases, it is possible to salvage some of the patient’s teeth to preserve their jawbone. Natural teeth provide support and stability for the denture. Implants and over-dentures serve the same function.
Getting used to Dentures
As you get used to them, they may feel awkward for a short while. It’s normal to experience minor soreness or irritation. They can feel loose as the muscles of your tongue and cheek learn to hold them stable. Saliva flow will increase. These issues disappear as your mouth gets accustomed to them.
To check and adjust a denture fit, you may need to make one or more follow-up appointments.
Practicing Good Dental Hygiene
You have to brush them every day, just like natural teeth. This is required to prevent them from staining and to get rid of food particles and plaque. Brush your gums, the roof of your mouth, and tongue every morning before you put the dentures in. Always use a soft-bristled brush. Such brushes help remove plaque and stimulate tissue circulation.
You might benefit from a non-abrasive cleanser. This will prevent scratching of the surfaces. Before brushing, rinse your dentures to get rid of loose food particles.
Put them somewhere safe when not in use. Cover in water. Some people use adhesives, which can come in different forms. These include liquids, creams, strips, powders, pads, or wafers. Use the products exactly as listed in the instructions. Ask your dentist to recommend an adhesive or cleanser. Look for products bearing the ADA seal. The American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance indicates that the product is safe. It is also a guarantee for effectiveness.
Be sure to give your dentist a call if your dentures get damaged or stop fitting well. Of course, you should contact them with any questions. Don’t forget to go to dental checkups regularly.
If you want to know about types of dentures TruBlu Dentistry offers, give one of our dental offices in Burbank, Chicago, or Hegewisch a call today!