Dentures

Dentures are prosthetic teeth made to replace missing teeth. Dentures are removable, and are a quick fix for missing teeth. Dentures do not feel like real teeth, nor do they function like real teeth. Dentures can help patients through mastication or chewing ability, pronunciation, as well as in aesthetic term.

  

What are dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic teeth made to replace missing teeth. They are often made of acrylic, or mix of acrylic and metal. Dentures can be either partial or complete. A partial denture replaces some missing teeth while a complete denture is used when all natural teeth are missing. Dentures are removable, and are a quick fix for missing teeth.

Your gums and jawbone naturally shrink over time, which may cause the denture to subsequently fit less securely. This can lead to discomfort, soreness, infections, and in some cases changes in facial support. As such, it is important to visit your dentist annually for check-ups and adjustments.

General Questions
How long should I wear my dentures for?

Initially, it is advisable to keep your dentures on except while sleeping. Always remove take your dentures out before going to bed. This gives your gum tissues rest and promotes oral health. Massaging your gums gently with a soft toothbrush is a good practice as well.

How should you care for your dentures?

Ideally, dentures should be removed and cleaned after every meal. Use a denture brush and mild detergent to clean your dentures, avoiding using hot water as it may distort your denture. Wash your dentures over a basin of water as accidentally dropping them into the sink may chip or damage them. Store your dentures in water when not in use to keep its shape. Remember to soak the dentures in denture cleanser once a week to remove any staining, making sure to wash thoroughly before using them again.

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