A Denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It can be made out of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals.
Different Types Of Dentures Available – Based On The Needs Of The Patients:
Conventional Full Denture: A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after all remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed.
Immediate Full Denture: An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. Immediate full dentures have to be realigned after your teeth have healed.
Partial Denture: A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Your natural teeth are capped with crowns and used as anchors for this denture.
Conventional full dentures and immediate full dentures are for people who have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is ideal for people who have a few natural teeth remaining. Dentures give you the added advantage of not only improving your chewing ability and speech but also providing support for your facial muscles. They thereby enhance your facial appearance and smile.
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Generally, one or more follow-up appointments are essential after receiving dentures to make any necessary adjustments. It is not wise to attempt to adjust or repair your dentures yourself. Dentures that do not fit properly can cause irritation and sores in the mouth and on gums. If the denture breaks, cracks, or chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose, you should report it to your dentist immediately instead of trying to readjust the dentures yourself. Bending any part of the clasp or metal attachments can weaken the metal structure of the dentures and cause more unnecessary discomfort. Readjusting or repairing the dentures should be left to the dentist, otherwise it might do more harm than good.
It is important to pay extra attention to your oral hygiene after getting dentures. Whether you get full or partial dentures, you must brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled toothbrush every morning before putting the dentures in. This will remove the build-up of plaque in your mouth and will also help to stimulate circulation in your mouth. Also remember to clean and massage your gums regularly. Rinsing your mouth daily with lukewarm salt water will help to clean the gums. Eating a balanced diet to maintain proper nutrition also keeps unnecessary oral problems at bay.
Plaque that might get trapped under the clasp will increase the risk of tooth decay, so pay special attention to cleaning teeth that fit under the denture’s metal clasps. If you wear a partial denture, be sure to remove it before brushing your natural teeth.
As time passes, your dentures will need to be realigned, rebased, or remade due to normal wear and natural age-related changes to the face, jaw bone, and gums, or if the dentures become loose. Your dentist will refit the denture base or make a new one as per your needs. Generally, a pair of dentures can last you anywhere from 5 to 7 years before a replacement becomes necessary.
It is important to see your dentist regularly so that he or she can examine your mouth for signs of oral diseases, like cancer, and also have your teeth professionally cleaned. Your mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes as you age. To maintain a proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust your dentures or possibly remake your dentures. A visit to the dentist every six months will keep all the denture-related problems in check.
About Joshua Hong DDS
At Joshua Hong DDS,we perform general dentistry with post-graduate school training in jaw joint rehabilitation, full-mouth reconstruction, and occlusion. We can do veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures, tooth colored fillings, invisible braces, implant crown restorations, all-on-four restoration, dentures, teeth whitening, extractions and non-surgical tmj therapy. We do all this with a holistic approach. Joshua Hong DDS has a highly trained smile team. Dr Hong works with the best of the best. We don’t provide any dentistry that is not good enough for any of our family members. We have also created a spa like atmosphere and cater towards clients with anxiety. We do memory free dentistry.