As dentures don’t come up as often in conversation as, let’s say, the weather, it’s normal to have some questions and curiosities surrounding the subject. Whether you’re thinking about getting dentures, already have them, or know someone who might benefit from them, it’s essential to understand the details. Below we cover the most important aspects of dentures and other need-to-knows.
What are dentures?
Dentures are custom removable appliances with synthetic teeth and gums that replace lost or missing teeth. These sets are designed by your dentist to fit your mouth and closely match the aesthetics of your previous or remaining teeth. While dentures may take some getting used to, the best dentists use advanced technology to create a final product that’s more realistic and comfortable than ever before.
What are the different types of dentures?
Dentures are typically broken into two categories: full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures, sometimes called complete dentures, replace all of your natural teeth when all are lost or missing due to decay, gum disease or other circumstances. Partial dentures replace only a few or even one missing tooth. Additionally, partial dentures, like full dentures, are removable and typically useful when the surrounding area is not strong enough to support other teeth replacement methods.
What are dentures made of?
Complete, or full, dentures are typically made of an acrylic base that has composite teeth set in it. Partial dentures are typically made of the same material as full dentures, however, they also have a metal framework embedded in them that is used to retain them to the surrounding, remaining teeth. The metal used is most commonly chromium cobalt. The acrylic in all dentures is typically tinted to match the natural appearance of the gums.
How long do dentures last?
A standard lifespan expectation for modern dentures is five to eight years. Dentures will eventually need to be replaced or redesigned along the way in a dental procedure known as a denture reline. As you age, the shape of your mouth and jaw changes, and your dentures need to be reshaped to accommodate this transformation and avoid uncomfortable or loose dentures.
Why should you wear dentures?
Wearing dentures provides an original smile and supports the natural shape of your face and jaw structure. As dentures replace lost or missing teeth, they also make it possible to enjoy foods that require chewing. And, in the case of partial dentures, the remaining teeth will be held in place allowing space to be maintained for the potential use of dental implants in the future.
How do you take care of dentures?
It’s important to handle your dentures with care. They may break if they are dropped, so be cautious and keep them over a soft surface at all times, once removed. Also, remember to place your dentures in a cleansing solution or just water when they’re not in your mouth to avoid drying them out. Lastly, be sure to brush your dentures daily to remove food and plaque, just as you would your natural teeth.
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