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Dentures

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As one ages, they have to let go many things that were once the pride of their youth. This includes the precious set of teeth. In some people, a fall or removal of teeth for dental health reasons leads to loss of tooth or teeth. In this case, chewing food and talking becomes difficult as well as it leads to a cosmetic embarrassment for many. In such a situation, the dentist recommends use of dentures.

What are Dentures?

The best way to replace natural teeth is use of dentures. The artificial replacement for natural teeth and gums are dentures. They are also commonly known as false teeth. These teeth are generally removable, however, one finds many new designs that can be bonded or clasped to the natural teeth or dental implants.

What are the Advantages of Dentures?

Dentures have many advantages, besides begin a replacement to one’s natural teeth. These advantages include:

  • They help one to chew well
  • They improve the aesthetic appeal of the face and provide support to the cheeks and the lips
  • They help improve the collapsed appearance of the mouth due to absence of teeth
  • They help one talk better and pronounce words clearly
  • They boost ones confidence and self-image

Types of Dentures

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There are different types of dentures, that include:

Complete dentures

These are dentures given to patients who have all their teeth missing in the single arch, that is, maxillary and mandibular arch (upper and/or lower jaw).

Partial Dentures

These are dentures who miss a few teeth on a particular arch. There are two types of partial dentures, fixed and removable.

The fixed dentures are called as crown and bridge dentures.  They are fitted on the remaining teeth and made from materials that look similar to natural teeth.

The removable partial dentures are used when nearby teeth are weak and cannot hold on to a bridge. These dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth and held in place with a clasp. One can remove these dentures at night for cleaning.

Overdentures

When there are a few natural teeth left, they are saved to preserve the jawbone and give stability to the denture. The overdenture is fitted over these natural teeth after being specifically made according to the natural tooth size.

How Are Dentures Fitted?

The dentist will take measurements and impressions of the mouth. Then the dental technician will create a denture that can be fitted into the mouth. The denture should fit properly over your gums and jawbone. If it does not fit right, or causes discomfort, speak to your dentist or dental technician and get the dentures adjusted to your jaw and gums.

How Long Should I Wear My Dentures?

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Initially, you have to wear the dentures most of the time, including when you are asleep. Once the mouth gets used to the dentures, the dentist may advise you to remove the dentures at night.

How Do I Keep My Dentures At Night?

You need to place the dentures in a small container containing water. This will prevent them from warping.

How Do I Take Care of My Dentures?

One needs to take good care of their dentures. They are very delicate and may break on fall. Thus, keep them covered with a folded towel or a bowl of water. Clean the dentures using a brush. You should soak them, brush, soak and brush. This will remove any bits of food between the teeth. There are many denture cleaners available that prevent and remove stains. You can even use toothpaste to clean the dentures.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

Those who take good care of their dentures, they will find they last for several years. In case of normal wear and tear as well as changes in shape of mouth, dentures may need to be relined or re-made. As one ages, the bones and gum ridges may shrink. This causes jaws to meet differently. Thus, the fitting of dentures may change and require replacement.

Should I Visit My Dentist Again?

It is a good idea to have regular dental checkups. This will ensure your false teeth last longer and gums remain healthy.

Dentures are the dental implants that help give back your smile. If you have lost most of your teeth, visit a dentist today and consider having dentures fitted.

Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: March 29, 2015