A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips.
Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.
- A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
- An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
- An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
- A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodonticly treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.
Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dentist examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.
When receiving dentures, a popular question asked is:
How do I clean my dentures?
Removable partial or full dentures requires proper dental care to keep dentures free ofstains. After eating remove and rinse the dentures by running water over the dentures to get rid ofany loose particles such as food debris. Just in case, place a towel down so the dentures willnot break if they are dropped.
Brush the dentures daily, if not twice a day. Brush the dentures gently by using a denturecleaner. Mild soap or dish washing liquid and a soft-bristled toothbrush would do the trick toremove plaque, food or other deposits found on the dentures. Remember to avoid hard bristledbrushes, strong cleansers and harsh toothpaste, as these are too abrasive and can damage thedentures.
Be careful not to bend or even damage the plastic or attachments when cleaning thedentures. Soaking the dentures overnight. Common dentures need to stay moist to keep the shape of thedentures. Simply place dentures in the water or even a mild denture soaking solutionovernight. Remember not to soak the dentures with metal attachments in a solution that containchlorine. This can stain the metal, if unsure just check with us about properly storing yourdentures overnight.
Be sure to rinse the dentures before putting them back in the mouth, especially when using adenture soaking solution. The solutions could have harmful chemicals causing vomiting, pain orburns if swallowed.
By Scheduling regular dental appointments at least two times a year, will help in the longrun. See us to have your dentures examined if you feel there are any problems. We can help toproperly fit your needs. With no discomfort or slippage. Please see us right away if yourdentures become loose at all. With Loose dentures, it can cause irritation, sores and evenlead to infections.