Dentures are artificial teeth and gums. They are made to fit each patient’s mouth and to look like natural teeth. They are a great solution to help you eat and speak normally when many teeth are missing. Contact Dr. Schreiner today for a consultation.
Different types of dentures
The commonality between all dentures is that they are removable and artificial teeth and gums, but they have many differences also. Traditional (or complete dentures) are used when all the teeth are lost due to injury or decay. Made of porcelain or acrylic, they are held in place by suction along and dental adhesives. Partial dentures are for patients who have some natural teeth remaining. These type of dentures are secured through metal clips rather than adhesives. Immediately after a tooth extraction, he or she can be provided temporary dentures to allow the patient to speak clearly and chew food while waiting for a more permanent solution. Snap-on dentures are crowns that can be removed. They stay secure by snapping onto a surgically placed implant in jawbone. If you have missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schreiner, where he will gladly walk you through the benefits of complete and partial dentures and help you decide which is the best option for you.
BENEFITS OF DENTURES
Dentures are a great choice to improve the way you look when you have missing teeth. Outside of the obvious function of chewing, dentures can also provide support to facial muscles which helps preserve the normal look of a patient’s facial features. This can prevent sunken spots and sagging facial muscles.
CARING FOR YOUR DENTURES
Dentures, like teeth need cleaning. It is best to remove and clean dentures after eating. Once or twice a day brush dentures with a soft brush using an ADA approved denture cleaner and also clean your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth with a soft brush while they are removed. Dentures need to remain moist to keep their shape and last a long time, so soaking them over night is very important. Water or a special denture soaking solution can be used for this.