Have you been told that it’s time to get dentures? Dentures are a common solution for missing teeth used by people across the globe. Read below about important information on dentures by your St. Jacobs dentist.
What are dentures?
A denture is a false tooth or set of teeth that are removable, designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures. Complete dentures replace a full set of teeth, while partial dentures replace one or more teeth when there are still natural teeth remaining.
There are two types of complete dentures. Conventional dentures are installed about 2-3 months after the teeth have been removed and the gums have been healed.
Immediate dentures are manufactured ahead of time and installed immediately after the teeth are removed. This prevents patients from going without teeth for 2-3 months while their gums heal. There is a disadvantage to these though – bones and gums can reduce in size over time, especially when they are healing from a tooth extraction. Because of this, immediate dentures will require more fittings and adjustments than conventional. Immediate dentures are often a temporary solution until conventional dentures become available for that patient.
Partial dentures are usually made up of a pink or gum-colored plastic base with replacement teeth attached, often connected by a metal frame that holds the denture in the mouth in exactly the right place.
How long should I wear my dentures?
This is a question for your dentist or prosthodontist, as every case and every patient is different. You will likely be asked to wear your dentures all day long during the first few days after you receive them – possibly even to bed. This can be annoying and uncomfortable, but it’s the fastest way for a dental professional to tell which areas on the denture need adjustment. Once your dentures have been adjusted to better fit your mouth, it’s safe to sleep without your dentures in. Doing this will give your gum tissue a chance to rest, plus it allows your tongue and saliva to do what they do best – stimulating and cleaning your teeth and mouth.
Should my oral hygiene routine change after dentures?
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your gums, mouth, tongue and palate every morning before you put in your dentures. Don’t forget about any teeth that fit under the dentures – these need to be cleaned regularly to prevent plaque from getting trapped under the dentures which can cause tooth decay. If you wear a partial denture, be sure brush your natural teeth without the denture in the way.
Talk to your dentist in St. Jacobs about cleaning solutions used for soaking your dentures overnight.
How Often Should I See the Dentist if I Have Dentures?
Once your dentures are properly fit and adjusted, your recommended dental visits should not change in frequency. Assuming you’re having no problems, it’s usually safe to stick to a 6-month schedule between regular dental visits.
If you are considering dentures and are interested in learning more, call St. Jacobs Dental Care to schedule an appointment today.