A denture is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth to replace natural teeth and help restore your smile! Dentures also provide support for cheeks and lips and are fabricated two different ways.
A conventional denture is made once natural teeth have been extracted and the gum tissue has healed while an immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately following extraction. Here, gum tissue is able to heal under the denture.
While dentures have been used for hundreds of years to replace missing teeth, today’s technology has paved the way for a more comfortable, natural looking smile. Dentures are typically made of acrylic (plastic), porcelain or a combination of both. The upper denture covers the palate (roof of the mouth) and the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe and allows room for the tongue. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.
Over a normal course of time dentures will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.
Advice & Tips for Caring for Dentures
- Only a dental professional is qualified to diagnose and adjust your denture or partial.
- Dentures should be brushed inside & outside daily with a soft, large nylon denture tooth brush with round-ended bristles.
- Use denture creams instead of toothpastes, which are too abrasive and will scratch your denture.
- Rinse dentures with cold water. Dentures warp if placed in hot water.
- Inspect your denture regularly for worn teeth. Worn and stained teeth can cause your dentures to function poorly.
- Discuss all your current medications with your dentist & be sure to schedule regular hygiene visits.
- Have loose dentures checked immediately as they can cause friction and pressure on the gum tissues and bones.
- When not in use, be sure to cover dentures with water or a denture-cleaning solution to prevent them from drying out.