Dentures are used to replace missing natural teeth. Teeth can be lost from various reasons like gum diseases and tooth decay, which might bring a lot of incovenience to the individuals themselves. Dentures can help to relieve eating and speaking problems that are common within those with missing teeth.
Different Types of Dentures:
1) Conventional: After teeth removal and the healing of tissues, a full set of removable dentures is placed in your mouth. This process can take a few months long.
2) Immediate : Patient will have to come in for a preliminary visit first for the dentist to measure their jaw and make models. Denture will be applied immediately after the removal of teeth in the next visit. Patient may have to come in for another visit after the jaw has healed to reline or remake the denture.
3) Overdenture: An overdenture can fit over a small number of natural teeth so that not all teeth needs to be removed. An implant serves the same function.
How to Maintain Your Denture?
Good dental hygeine should be practiced even if you are wearing full dentures. In order to do so, it is recommended to always brush your tongue, gums and roof of the tongue as well as your dentures with a soft bristle brush. Below are some steps to follow when you are washing your denture:
1) Rinse your dentures to remove food and plaque
2) Gently brush all surfaces with a soft bristle brush and non-abrasive cleaner.
3) Clean your mouth throughouly to prevent oral irritation while brushing.
4) When not in use, store your dentures in water to prevent from warping.
5) If adhesives are used in dentures, be sure to read the directions and follow them strictly.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD