Dentures are a popular dental treatment for those people who are missing teeth. While everyone probably has a family story about Uncle Bob’s ill-fitting dentures, the options available today are far superior to those that your Uncle Bob got fitted for. Whether you are researching dentures for yourself or a loved one, the Creative Dental blog aims to take the guesswork out of them.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a removable dental device that is designed to replace any missing teeth in your mouth. Two types are available, and the one that’s recommended for you depends on how many of your teeth are missing. Complete dentures are designed to replace all of your natural teeth. A partial denture is used if you still have some of your natural teeth.
Complete or full dentures can be further broken down into two categories. Immediate dentures are designed to be worn as soon as your teeth are removed. A major advantage of this type of full dentures is that you don’t have to be without your teeth as you wait for your mouth to heal completely. It’s important to remember though, that your gums and bones shrink over time, particularly during the period after your teeth are removed. For this reason, intermediate braces require more adjustments to ensure that they fit properly as your mouth heals. It’s recommended that these dentures be used only until your conventional dentures can arrive.
Conventional dentures are made only after your teeth have been extracted, and your gum tissue has started healing. In general, you can expect between 8 and 12 weeks to elapse in between the removal of your teeth and the placement of your dentures.
A removable dental device, partial dentures are sometimes called a dental bridge. It features fake replacement teeth that are in the place of your missing teeth. These replacement teeth are connected to a base made out of plastic that is either pink or the color of your gums. Sometimes metal framework is also needed as a connection between the dentures and your existing teeth. Partial dentures are often the ideal solution when you still have healthy natural teeth that are remaining in either your lower or upper jaw.
Caring for Your Dentures
Taking proper care of your dentures will help prolong their lifespan and protect their good looks. Be sure to remove them and rinse them thoroughly with cool water. Handle them carefully without bending or damaging them. Use a soft-bristled brush and denture cleanser, if your dentist recommends it, to clean your dentures. Carefully remove any debris or food. Soak your dentures overnight in a special solution. Before you use them again, be sure to rinse them thoroughly to remove all of the denture solutions.
Contact Creative Dental if you have missing teeth and are concerned about your smile. We work closely with you to find the right reconstructive solution to meet your needs.