Teeth are more than just the foundation of a beautiful smile. They help us share stories with friends, eat our favorite foods, and feel confident with our appearance. Dentures have been a method of replacing lost teeth that stretches back over centuries, and have only improved as dental technology advances. Dentures can be found in a variety of styles, and while they can take some time to get used to, they are a great solution for those needing a replacement for missing teeth.
What Types Of Denture Are There?
There are three different forms of denture available today. Dentures are a prosthetic dental solution that involves teeth that are secured into a base that fits onto your gums. The upper denture includes a piece that covers your palette, while the bottom is formed in a way that ensures you retain full use of your tongue. All dentures are made using an impression that is taken of your gums and mouth that is sent out to a dental laboratory. This mold is used to create your new prosthetics.
- Conventional Dentures – After you have healed from any procedures that were necessary before getting dentures, you’ll be able to receive this style of denture. They fit over your gums and are only used if you’re missing all of your upper, bottom, or all of your teeth.
- Full Denture – This style of denture is immediately inserted following the removal of your teeth. The mold for this denture will be made in a previous visit so they can be ready following the extraction. The benefit of this style of denture is that they can be placed immediately, but they will need to be relined to fit your gums a few months after they insert them.
- Partial Denture – When you need a denture remaining, but you also have teeth remaining on your upper or lower gums, you will need a partial denture. These dentures include a metal framework that is used to secure your denture to your remaining teeth. These are an alternative to bridges that can be removed.
Will I Need To Replace My Dentures?
Dentures experience normal wear and tear, and it can become necessary to have them undergo one of three treatments to restore them. In the best cases, you can just have them relined, so they properly fit your mouth. If the base has become damaged or worn, you’ll need to have them rebased, but the teeth will still be good. If both the base and teeth are beyond saving, you’ll need to have the whole set replaced. Dentures need to be maintained due to the natural changes that occur as you age, causing them to become loose.
How Can I Maintain My Dentures?
Maintaining your dentures is easy, and just requires paying attention to a few details. The first thing to remember is that your dentures are delicate, so handling them in a towel or placing them in a basin of water is advised to protect them. Your dentures should never be allowed to dry out and should be in a jar of water or cleansing solution if you aren’t presently wearing them. Hot water should not be used as it can warp them. Just like your natural teeth, dentures should be brushed daily to help keep them looking great and odor-free. Your gums, palate, and tongue should also be cleaned with a toothbrush each day.
If you’re considering denture as a solution for your missing teeth, make a call to 1-315-487-1545 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Romans or Dr. Soltani at our offices at 5426 West Genesee St. During your appointment you’ll undergo a regular exam, and the state of your oral health will be determined. The findings will be used to determine what road to dentures is the right one for you.