Because dentures are used when a person is missing most or all of their natural teeth, it’s important that you have a reliable solution that looks natural and offers outstanding performance.
Dentures are a great option when a person is missing all or most of their natural teeth or has many teeth that are unhealthy and must be removed. This could be the result of an injury but is most likely because of gum disease and/or severe cavities. Dentures allow us to replace both teeth and gums, but they can also improve the shape of the face by filling out the lips and cheeks around the mouth. They allow those without teeth to eat, speak, and go about their daily lives without being embarrassed because of multiple missing or unsightly teeth.
Dentures consist of very natural-looking teeth secured to a gum-colored base. Our prosthodontist, Dr. Juston Reary, uses top-of-the-line teeth that look as natural as possible. When making your dentures, the patient is always consulted when picking the new teeth so that we can give you a beautiful smile that matches your face. The dentures can be secured with or without dental implants, but it’s best to speak with us in person to discuss all available options so that we can match your treatment to meet your expectations.
How do I clean dentures?
Traditional removable dentures require proper care to keep them clean, free from stains and looking great. Below are some cleaning steps and things to avoid when using traditional removable dentures:
- Remove and rinse dentures after eating by running water over them to remove food debris and loose particles.
- Handle them carefully and don’t bend or damage the plastic or clasps when cleaning.
- Clean your mouth after removing dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Brush your dentures once a day and soak them in nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque and other deposits.
- Soak dentures overnight in a mild denture-soaking solution to keep them moist and so they hold their shape.
- Schedule regular dental checkups so your dentists can ensure proper fit, prevent slippage and discomfort and check the inside of your mouth to ensure it stays healthy.
- Likewise, avoid abrasive cleaning materials, whitening toothpaste, and products containing bleach on your dentures, and hot or boiling water that could warp them.
What are the different types of dentures?
Our prosthodontist, Dr. Juston Reary, has been well trained in all types of dentures. Many times, there is more than one option to address your complaint, and we want your treatment to match your expectations. Traditionally, dentures either replace some of the teeth (also known as a partial denture) or replace all of the teeth (also known as a full denture). Both types of dentures can be used with implants to help secure them. Sometimes this involves using an attachment mechanism that allows the denture to attach to the implant, but also allows you to remove it and clean it easily. This is called an overdenture or “snap-on” denture. Another option is to completely secure the dentures in your mouth to implants. This option is NOT removable and provides you with the most life-like replacement of your natural teeth. The dentures do not move, and you must see your dentist at least once a year to have them temporarily removed and cleaned so that the health of the implants underneath can be checked.
What is the best denture adhesive or denture glue?
The Oral Health Foundation developed guidelines to guide dental health care professionals and patients on the use of denture adhesive creams. These guidelines are listed below:
- Patient satisfaction has become a decisive factor for the overall success of prosthodontic treatment in full-denture wearers.
- Denture adhesives can enhance the retention of, and reduce food accumulation beneath, well-fitting complete dentures.
- Denture adhesives can be beneficial to the patient. They may enhance comfort, provide psychological satisfaction, increase confidence and thus wellbeing, while increasing retention and stability, and improving function.
- The effectiveness of denture adhesives cannot compensate for significant denture deficiencies.
- Dental professionals should provide guidance and instructions to the patient on the correct application and use of the adhesive, and on removing it and cleaning the denture.
- The optimum time to advise on the use of an adhesive varies between patients. For well-fitting dentures it might occur at a review appointment, or for patients finding problems with compliance at the time of fitting or soon after.
More Questions About Dentures?
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