Living with dentures
Removable false teeth used for aesthetic purposes (by improving your smile and confidence) eliminating possible harms caused by gaps are called dentures.
Dentures can be of two types: complete dentures, i.e. a full set that replaces your entire set of teeth; and partial dentures which are used for one or more lost teeth.
A complete denture is only fitted after your upper and lower sets of teeth are removed.
It is usually fitted instantly after removal of your teeth in a snug way over the gum and jawbone. Sometimes though, the gums need time to heal after teeth removal before a complete denture can be fitted in place. This process can be achieved by visiting Mesa Family Dental.
At first, a dentist/dental technician will create a trial denture to see if the dimensions fit your mouth easily. Only after a perfect fit the final denture will be made that can be adjusted for color or shape.
Gaps left by missing tooth/teeth are filled in by partial dentures. A partial denture is a plastic/metal plate with false teeth that clips to your natural teeth by metal clasps. These dentures can be removed and clipped back easily. A good alternative to partial dentures are fixed bridges.
Taking care of your dentures
Wearing dentures can be initially awkward, but soon you will get used to it. Let your dentist decide if you should wear dentures while sleeping. After removal, dentures must be kept moist in denture cleaning solution.
Brushing remaining teeth, gums and tongue with fluoride toothpaste twice a day is crucial to preventing tooth decay, gum disease and other oral problems.
Cleaning your dentures
Remove plaque and food particle from dentures to avoid bad breath, tooth decay, oral thrush and gum disease. Soak dentures daily in a fizzy solution of denture cleaning tablets or brush them as you would your natural teeth.
Make sure to clean dentures in a bowl/basin to avoid breaking them by dropping. Use a clean towel to soak humidity.
Start off by eating soft food and chewing slowly with your new dentures. Gradually, shift to your normal eating routine but never use tooth-picks or eat any hard and sticky food.
Adhesive should only be used on a dentist’s advice when your jawbone has shrunk enough to hinder easy fitting of dentures. In case you do use it, follow the provided instructions. Remove the adhesive by brushing with soap and water. Some leftover adhesive can be cleaned with a clean damp flannel.
When to visit your dentist
If you have dentures, visit your dentist regularly. Your gums and jawbone can shrink with time and dentures may not fit or other problems may arise. See the dentist when dentures click or slip when talking, feel uncomfortable, visibly worn-out, cause gum disease or in case of bad breath. Keeping in touch with your dentist can solve many future oral problems.
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