Missing teeth can lead to several problems. Apart from discomforting you while speaking or chewing your food, missing teeth also make you feel less confident about your smile. In such situations, our dentist may suggest dentures as a treatment option.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are oral prostheses customized to replace missing teeth and restore their appearance and oral functions. They can either be full or partial, and our dentist will recommend suitable ones after examining your case. Dentures match your existing teeth, hence giving you a natural appearance.
What Are Dentures Made Of?
Earlier, dentures were made using plastic or porcelain, but the modern versions today are made using hard resin. These are the dental-grade materials that match the appearance of your teeth and gum. The supporting structure of dentures resembling your natural gum line, too, is made using resin. Sometimes, a more flexible polymer material is also used to create such a gum line.
What are the Different Types of Dentures?
When one or more teeth are removed, our dentist will use a partial denture to restore them. They are also used when the surrounding teeth are too weak to support the structures like dental bridges. Our dentist fits partial dentures to the part of your gum line and fastens them to the adjoining natural teeth. You can remove them while sleeping or performing oral hygiene practices.
Also known as complete dentures, full dentures are a replacement for all your natural teeth. Our dentist fabricates them based on the contour of your dental ridges and jaws. They are held in place by an oral adhesive or suction. Similar to partial dentures, you can remove them anytime during cleaning or sleeping.
How to Care for Dentures?
After your procedure, you are expected to care for your dentures to ensure they last longer and make it easy for you to speak and chew your food. Your dentures also require regular cleaning, just like your natural teeth:
You can start by running clean water over your dentures to remove the deposits of food and other particles stuck in between. Do not forget to clean the gum line properly.
It is advised to brush your dentures using a denture brush or a soft toothbrush. But do not clean your dentures with an electric toothbrush. Use a denture cleaner, but do not use regular toothpaste while cleaning the dentures. Make sure to rinse and dry them properly before wearing them.
When you remove your dentures, soak them in water so that the material does not become dry.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Pasadena, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Sprott. Please call us at (281) 991-6530 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.