Missing multiple teeth because of events such as accidents, gum disease, decay, aging, etc., not only impacts your facial appearance or oral health but your entire physical well-being. You may not be able to chew food properly, and your ability to speak also gets affected at large. Dentures are a suitable treatment option that replaces missing teeth with prosthetic ones.
Here’s everything to know about dentures and why you should opt for this procedure:
What are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that are designed to replace your missing natural teeth. They are removable prosthetic appliances that are created exclusively to enhance oral functionality and appearance. The artificial teeth are affixed to a plate sitting against your gum line or the roof of the mouth. Dentures are removable prostheses and match your existing teeth.
What are Dentures Made from?
Earlier, dentures were made using plastic or porcelain. But with an advancement in dental technology, dentures are made using other materials as well. Modern dentures are fabricated using hard resin. The prosthetic teeth are made from a dental-grade ceramic material that is highly customizable, strong, and durable.
What are the Advantages of Using Dentures?
Here are the reasons why you should opt for this procedure:
- If you have multiple missing teeth, dentures are the most convenient option to replace them.
- Dentures provide a better solution than other alternatives, such as dental bridges or implants.
- Using dentures improves your facial appearance and helps you regain confidence.
- Dentures are long-lasting. You are merely required to care for them appropriately by avoiding unhealthy oral habits and cleaning the prostheses regularly.
- Dentures are customized according to the shape of your jaw ridges. Thus, they do not look artificial at all.
What are the different types of dentures?
Dentures have two types - Conventional and Partial dentures:
If you have lost all your teeth in the upper or lower jaw, your dentist will recommend using complete dentures to replace them. Full dentures fit on your top or bottom gum line. An oral adhesive holds such dentures in place. Sometimes, suction is also used to keep them from getting displaced.
A partial denture replaces a missing section of teeth with prosthetic ones that are backed by a metal framework. Such a framework remains attached to your existing teeth, which serves as a supportive anchor for partial dentures.
How to Clean Dentures?
Just like your natural teeth, dentures, too, require regular cleaning. You must remove your dentures and then run clean water on them to wash off food particles or other substances. Brush your dentures regularly using a denture brush and a denture cleaner. Using other cleaners to clean your dentures should be avoided as it can damage them. Rinse them thoroughly before putting them on.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Chesterfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Hawatmeh. Please call us at (314) 576-4462 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.