Dentures are a type of prosthetics device that acts as a replacement for your missing tooth. It is usually made using materials such as acrylic and/or metal.
Benefits of Dentures
- Improved appearance and smile
- Dentures support your facial muscles
- Affordable procedure for teeth replacement
- Restoring biting and chewing ability
- Increased self-esteem
Types of Dentures
1. Partial Dentures
Partial Dentures are for people who have lost some of their teeth. Partial Dentures consist of artificial teeth that are attached onto an acrylic gum-coloured base. Partial Dentures have a catch that allows you to hold the dentures in place and remove for cleaning and storing with ease.
2. Complete Dentures (Full Dentures)
Complete Dentures or Full Dentures are suitable for people who have lost all of their upper teeth or lower teeth. Similar to partial dentures, full dentures also have a clasp that allows the denture to stay in your mouth as well as easy removal for cleaning and storing.
Even though Dentures are custom designed to your mouth, it will take some time for you to get accustomed to the new dentures. Slight discomfort is common during the first few weeks of wearing your new dentures.
However, if the discomfort and pain persist, it is advisable to visit your dentist to have them adjusted.
1. Brush dentures every day
Dentures needs to be brushed using a toothbrush every day to remove plaque and stains. However, standard toothpaste should not be used as they can cause scratches. Instead you can brush your dentures with water and soap or use dental cleaners such as mild denture soaking solution.
2. Soak dentures overnight
Dentures should be removed before bedtime and place in water or a mild denture soaking solution. This is to prevent the denture from drying and losing its shape. It is advisable to consult a dentist for the best way to care for your dentures as different dentures are made from different materials catered to your lifestyle.
3. Schedule regular appointment with you dentist
It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis to check whether if your dentures are fitting properly. Take this time to also have your oral health check as well as getting your denture to be cleaned professionally.
It is recommended to consult a dentist before deciding to get a denture as there are different ways to replace missing teeth. The dentist will then advise the type of teeth replacement procedure that best fits to your lifestyle.