Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are made from acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. They are custom-made in a dental lab from the impressions taken of your mouth. They are held in place with natural suction and/or denture adhesive. Depending on your needs, you may require full or partial dentures.
When patients are missing many teeth, full dentures may be recommended. Full dentures are also known as complete dentures. These prosthetics are made to replace all of the teeth in the upper and lower jaw, restoring function and aesthetics to the smile.
When patients are missing some teeth but still have others remaining, partial dentures may be recommended. Partial dentures are designed to fill in the gaps that are left by missing teeth. Partial dentures are also made from resin, metal, or porcelain.
If you have recently got your dentures, here are some simple ways to care for your dentures:
You should clean your dentures every day. Use a soft toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Try to avoid effervescent denture cleaners. These cleaners can cause damage like scratches.
Do not soak your dentures overnight. This can cause them to become too soft.
Always rinse your dentures after eating. This will remove food particles and bacteria that thrive in moist environments. Do not use hot water because it can warp the dentures, making them more difficult to wear. Instead, use warm water and a mild denture cleaning solution. Always rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth to prevent oral infections.
Use denture adhesive sparingly. When needed, press small pieces of denture adhesive in a thin line directly along the gum line. Gently press the denture over the adhesive and hold for one minute.
Dentures need some special care to keep them clean. Feel free to ask us about the best products for your dentures. The ADA recommends cleaning your dentures daily with a denture brush and cleanser. Soak your dentures overnight in a soaking solution.
Once you’ve received your dentures, it’s important to regularly follow up with your dentist. If you don’t, your dentures won’t fit properly and may be uncomfortable to wear. Additionally, your dentist will keep an eye out for any signs of oral cancer or other mouth diseases.
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