Whether you are entirely new to dentures or have been wearing them for some time already, schedule an appointment for an exam with us at Thomas Family Dentistry to discuss the best options for your current circumstances.
Missing teeth may cause problems with speech and eating, but worse than that, teeth tend to move into empty spaces. However, they do not do it neatly, and you may find that teeth on either side of the gap move at an angle. This may cause further problems with jaw alignment, as well as a knock-on effect with all the other teeth moving into spaces.
Partial dentures will alleviate this problem by fitting snugly over the gums and replacing missing teeth with removable false teeth - typically made from acrylic, metal, nylon, or ceramic.
What Is the Difference Between Complete and Partial Dentures?
Complete dentures are when a complete arch of teeth is replaced with a denture. Partial dentures replace gaps in teeth, rather than all of them. If your natural teeth can be saved a partial denture is a better option than a complete denture - particularly in the lower jaw which many people find difficult to adapt to.
For good reason, modern dentistry tends to offer conservative treatments, preserving as much of the natural structures in the mouth as possible, including teeth. This is because the forces of chewing and biting on the teeth stimulate the jawbone, encouraging new growth. If the tooth is no longer in the jawbone, it tends to deteriorate and bone loss occurs.
How Are Dentures Fitted?
You don’t need to worry you will be without teeth if you are having extractions as you will be given a temporary healing denture to wear. These are lighter than permanent dentures to allow the soft tissues of the mouth to heal. As your mouth heals, the gums and bone will shrink, and it is likely after a few months your temporary denture will no longer fit.
How Do I Take Care of Dentures?
It will take a little time to get used to your dentures, but they will soon feel comfortable. The dentist will let you know whether you should wear them all the time, even while sleeping, or whether you should remove them before you go to sleep. If you do need to take them out at night (which gives your gums a rest), dentures should be kept moist to prevent them from drying out and warping. You can place them in water or a polythene bag with a damp cloth or cotton wool.
Keeping your dentures clean is important and you should remove plaque and food deposits regularly - just as you do with natural teeth. Cleaning your dentures twice a day will help to keep them in the best condition, and prevent problems such as bad breath, gum disease, oral thrush, and other nasties.
The dentist will recommend what products you should use to clean your dentures, but you should brush them with toothpaste, or soap and water before soaking them in water overnight. You can soak them in denture-cleaning tablets to help eliminate bacteria and stains and keep them feeling fresh for the morning.
Get in touch and call us at 971-348-4244 to schedule an appointment to discuss complete or partial dentures with one of our team at Thomas Family Dentistry.