Keeping your own natural teeth is something we all hope to do. Unfortunately, sometimes it just isn’t possible. Through injury, gum disease, or other factors, tooth loss can be inevitable. When the loss of several, or even all teeth occurs, dentures are the preferred option for restoring the function of teeth.
At Florida Dental Solutions, we provide the highest-quality dental care – including creating and installing dentures – for our patients at affordable pricing. We also offer care on Saturdays because we know tooth problems happen on the weekends too! If you are experiencing an issue with your teeth and may require dentures, give us a call right away at 954-362-4102.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are replacements for teeth which are missing. Dentures differ from other types of tooth replacement appliances in that they can be taken out and put back into the mouth whenever the user likes. Dentures have long been used as a replacement for missing teeth. While they may never have the same feel as natural teeth, modern dentures look extremely natural and are more comfortable than ever before.
Types of Dentures
There are basically two types of dentures available:
1. Complete Dentures
Complete dentures, also known as full dentures, are a set of dentures used to replace several missing teeth – often an entire row. Complete dentures can either be conventional or immediate, depending on how quickly they are used.
Conventional dentures may be used only after all of the teeth have been removed, and the gums and jaw have had adequate time to repair themselves and heal. Generally, conventional dentures may be worn 12 weeks after all the remaining teeth have been removed, though this depends upon the specifics of each patient’s recovery.
Immediate dentures may be worn by a patient the same day that their remaining teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures offer the benefit of never being without working teeth but require realignment several months after first use. This is due to the jaw bone, which supports the teeth shifting and reshaping after it heals.
2. Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are a removable denture or bridge which is used to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures are used when one or more of the original teeth remain intact in the upper or lower jaw. Removable partial dentures, also known as bridges, consist of several replacement teeth attached to a plastic base which is usually pink or gum-colored. Sometimes the base is connected with a metal framework which acts to hold the denture in place within the mouth.
Some partial dentures are made from acrylic. Like metal partial dentures, however, they also have wire clasps to ensure the denture attaches correctly to any remaining teeth. Acrylic dentures are often used either as a more affordable option than metal-framed dentures, or as a transitional denture for those who may require further dental prosthetics, including implants.
Like natural teeth, dentures require daily care to ensure they remain hygienic and clean. As with teeth, you should ensure that your dentures are brushed daily, in order to remove both food particles and plaque. Daily brushing should also help prevent your dentures from becoming stained.
Here are some helpful pieces of advice for cleaning dentures:
- Rinse the dentures before you begin brushing to remove food particles or other debris.
- Only use a soft bristle toothbrush when cleaning your dentures.
- Use a soft bristle brush with a non-abrasive cleaner to gently brush denture surfaces in order to avoid scratching.
- Ensure that you thoroughly clean your entire mouth including the gums, tongue, inner cheeks and roof of the mouth to remove any plaque.
- Ensure your dentures are stored in a safe place, immersed in water. This will help keep them from warping.
- Always read the instructions when using denture adhesives, as improper use may result in damage to your dentures, or even your mouth.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Dentures are designed to last a considerable amount of time. Over time, however, your dentures may require rebasing, replacement or realignment. Rebasing occurs when the existing denture teeth are kept, but transferred onto a new base. This is usually due to normal wear and tear.
Realignment may be required if the jaw shifts, or due to natural changes in your mouth, due to age. Replacement requires the complete creation of new dentures. In order to ensure your denture continues to work appropriately, it is advisable you have a yearly checkup with your dentist.
Schedule An Appointment Today
Toothaches are painful, but visiting a dentist shouldn’t be. Don’t let a dental emergency wait for treatment, as this may have painful – and expensive – consequences for the future. At Florida Dental Solutions, we strive to make dental work a pleasant experience for your entire family. We specialize in providing our clients comprehensive dental care at affordable prices. If you are in need of dental care, including dentures, give us a call today at 954-362-4102.
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Davie, Florida 33024
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