While dentures may not be used as frequently as they once were, they are still a viable option for many people who have lost some or all of their teeth and who need a way to help them eat and speak. They are incredibly beneficial for those whose dentists recommend them and can help you experience better quality of life in many ways. However, if you have never had dentures before, you may have many questions about them. Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions regarding removable dentures.
When Do You Need Removable Dentures?
If you have lost only one or two teeth, our dentist will most likely opt for a better and stronger option for you, such as a dental bridge or a tooth implant that will function much like a regular tooth would. However, when you have lost several teeth in one area or have lost all of your teeth, you will need dentures to help you fill out your mouth, eat and keep your jaw healthy.
What Is the Difference Between Partial and Full Dentures?
The two most common types of dentures are partial and full dentures. Full dentures are removable and include all the teeth for the top or the bottom of your mouth. Partial dentures include only a few teeth, such as your back molars, and attach to your remaining natural teeth with a special wire structure.
How Can Dentures Be Used Along with Dental Implants?
Our dentist may choose to insert an implant into your jaw to give a partial denture something to hook onto and to improve the health of your jaw. The most common place for these implants to be placed are in the upper jaw, which generally has less bone density than the lower jaw has. Implants may also be used with full dentures for added stability.
How Are Dentures Made?
Today, dentures are most frequently made from strong resin that looks very natural. Our dentist will take a mold of your mouth to allow the dentures to fit as well as possible. This model will be sent away to a lab to be made to exact specifications. Once the dentures are made, our dentist will ensure that they fit well and that the teeth meet up perfectly for proper bite.
How Should You Care for Your Removable Dentures?
You must keep your dentures clean to ensure that they last for years to come. Clean them with a non-abrasive cleanser or soak them in denture cleanser. Take your dentures out at night so that they are not ruined.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing Removable Dentures?
Your dentures can help you in a variety of ways. First, they help to preserve your proper facial structure. They give your mouth depth and preserve facial proportions. Second, they help you eat your favorite foods. Third, they help you maintain proper speech. Finally, they help you feel more like yourself and take away embarrassment over missing teeth.