Dentures are removable natural-looking replacement teeth.  There are two main kinds of dentures: partial and full.

Patients are given full dentures when all of their natural teeth are lost or have been removed.  Once the gum tissue is healed, which may take several months, conventional full dentures are then placed.  Immediate full dentures get placed right after the teeth are removed and might need to be adjusted frequently during the first few months that they are used.   

Partial dentures get attached to a metal frame that is then connected to your natural teeth and used to fill in the places where the permanent teeth are no longer there.  Partial Dentures are a removable alternative in place of bridges.  

How Can I Tell If Dentures Are The Best Choice For Me?

Dentures are not the best choice for everyone.  To get more information about dentures to determine whether they are the best choice for you, schedule an appointment with us. Our team will be more than happy to answer whatever questions you may have and will be able to determine what the best treatment methods are for your dental health issues.   

How To Care For Your Dentures

Just like natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance in order to stay clean and prevent bacteria from growing inside your mouth.  Make sure you keep your smile healthy and your dentures clean.

Whenever you are handling your dentures, either stand over a sink that is full of water or a clean, folded towel.  That way, if you drop your dentures accidentally, then it is less likely that they will break.

Your dentures are still susceptible to tartar and plaque build-up.  That is why it is so important to brush your dentures on a daily basis.  Use a soft-bristled brush to brush your dentures, and brush the surfaces of your dentures gently, and be careful not to bend or break the plastic.  In between brushing, it is very important for you to rinse your dentures following every meal.  

Clean your dentures using a gentle cleanser.  Many types of mouthwash, household cleaners and toothpaste may be too harsh on your dentures.  That is why it is recommended for you to use a mild dish or hand soap to clean your dentures.  Check for the seal of approval from the American Dental Association (ADA) to select the products that are safe for your dentist.  You can also ask your dentist for recommendations for the products that will be the best for you to use.    

Whenever you aren’t wearing your dentures, you need to keep them moist.  When dentures are not kept in water or a denture cleaning solution they can lose their shape, dry out, or even break or crack.  Certain denture styles need certain soaking solutions, so make sure you ask your dentist which is the best solution for you.      

Even when you wear a full set of dentures, it is very important to keep your tongue and gums clean.  Make sure to gently clean your tongue and gums every day by using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

If your dentures break, make sure you contact our office and get an appointment scheduled as soon as you can.  If you try wearing broken dentures that do not fit correctly it can cause your mouth and gums to become irritated.  Also, make sure to keep scheduling dental checkups on a regular basis each six months to ensure your smile stays healthy for a long time to come.






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