Dentures are removable, replacement teeth made from metal and plastic, that are used to take over the place of lost teeth. The loss can be through injury, decay, among other challenges. Dentures have the benefit of giving the wearer back his normal functions like eating and speaking properly. They also help a patient regain their proper facial appearance. There are two types of dentures that a patient can have: full or partial dentures.
Full dentures take up the space of all the teeth and require that all teeth be removed on a dental arch in order to be inserted. When all the teeth are removed, the tissue is given time to heal before the jaws’ measurements are taken and a model is constructed.
Immediate Full Dentures
These types of dentures are just like the traditional full dentures with the exception of being inserted immediately after loss of teeth. Once the remaining teeth have been extracted, the jaw models are constructed and the dentures inserted. They are relined after several months to adjust to the jaw line, which changes shape when it has healed.
Partial dentures are teeth replacements that take up the place of only a few teeth. They are anchored by the remaining teeth that are there for support.
Caring for Dentures
For the mouth to remain healthy, it should be cared for properly. The right oral care of brushing should be maintained. The gums, tongue, and palate should be brushed with a soft bristle brush to remove any plaque. This helps in improving blood circulation within the mouth. Dentures should be kept clean by brushing them on an every day routine. This will help rid them of food particles and help them retain their color without staining.
Caution should be taken when wearing them to do it on top of a soft surface since they can break or crack if they fall on hard ground. Keep them in a disinfecting solution or some water when not wearing them to keep them from becoming brittle. A dental visit is necessary every once in a while.