A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.
Missing teeth have a significant impact on your life. The lack of teeth plays a role in the foods you eat, how you speak and even how you feel about yourself. The more teeth you are missing, the more your life is affected. No matter if you are missing just a few teeth or all of them, dentures can help you to get back to a normal life.
What are Dentures?Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth. White teeth are attached to a pink base that is made to blend in with your gums, which support the prosthesis. Dental adhesive is used to attach the prosthesis to your gums. Impressions are taken to fabricate a personal denture, ensuring a proper fit. Dentures are available in a full arch or partial.
Full DenturesFull dentures are meant to replace a full arch of missing or irreparable teeth. They can be used for the top arch, the bottom arch or, in extreme cases, both arches. During your initial visit to receive full dentures, any remaining unhealthy teeth are removed. Afterward, impressions are taken and sent off to a lab, which will fabricate your customized dentures. Until your dentures are ready, you will be given a temporary set, which will allow you to be able to eat a relatively normal diet.
Full dentures are attached to your gums with a special adhesive. They should be removed nightly for cleaning and to give your gums a break, as they are the main support system. Regular cleaning is needed to get rid of leftover food particles and bacteria, which could otherwise lead to bad breath and gum disease.
An important thing to keep in mind is that when you are missing teeth, your jaw can change shape, as your bone begins to deteriorate. This change can alter the way that your dentures fit, requiring the need to be refitted for new dentures from time to time.
Partial DenturesIf you are only missing some teeth, but others are still perfectly healthy, partial dentures can help complete your bridge. There is no need to remove healthy teeth. Bridges are placed in the gaps between natural teeth, which act as anchors. False teeth can be snapped or clipped into place and removed for cleaning purposes.
Other Options: Dental ImplantsDental implants are one of the newest alternatives to dentures, full or partial. Implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. They require a surgical procedure to implant metal posts into your jawbone. These implants can help maintain the integrity of your jaw, slowing and even stopping bone loss. After your mouth has had time to heal, a permanent set of prosthetic teeth are screwed onto the posts, which support the dentures, taking the pressure off of your gums.
Denture CareNo matter if you have traditional dentures or dental implants, proper oral hygiene and cleaning is needed. Traditional dentures should be removed nightly and brushed thoroughly before being allowed to soak in a cleansing solution. You should brush any remaining teeth as normal and floss. Gums should be brushed gently with a soft brush. Dental implants should be cared for as natural teeth. You should visit the dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and exams. During the exam, the dentist will also check the condition of your dentures to ensure that they are in perfect working condition.
Dentures can give you your life back. No longer will you need to forgo your favorite foods or struggle to communicate. To discuss your denture options, call Sergio Ortegon to schedule your appointment.
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