Dentures not only improve the appearance of your smile, but they also keep the structure of your mouth sound by supporting the structures around the cheeks and lips. It also makes it easier to eat foods that require chewing, making it possible to keep your diet healthy and ensure that you are properly nurtured.
At Passion Family Dental North Lakes, we offer our patients the opportunity to seamlessly have their missing or troublesome teeth replaced with a strong and beautiful alternative artificial tooth.
What is a Denture?
Dentures are sometimes called ‘plates’ or ‘false teeth’. They are artificial teeth and gums that can be taken out and put back into your mouth to replace lost or damaged natural teeth and help restore your smile. On the off chance that you’ve lost all or some of your natural teeth, replacing them with dentures will benefit your appearance and your health because dentures are natural looking and more comfortable.
Types of Dentures
Dentures can either be full or partial, this means that you can either replace all your teeth on either the top or bottom jaw (full), or just a few that are missing (partial). Regardless of what kind of dentures you may need, your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you. Dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth, and visually matched to your existing teeth.
For anyone needing to have teeth removed and are possibly looking at getting a new denture, there are a couple of options available:
A conventional denture is placed in your mouth after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue and bone has had time to heal. A conventional denture is placed about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed, during which time you are without teeth but is more cost effective that an immediate denture
Unlike conventional dentures, an immediate denture is made in advance and inserted immediately after the teeth are removed. This means you don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process. Immediate dentures will need to be relined after a few months, as the gums and bone will shrink as they heal and cause them to become loose.
A partial denture can be made to replace one or more missing teeth. A partial denture may be recommended to you by your dentist to fill gaps caused by extractions. If left these gaps may cause the remaining teeth to shift resulting in the potential loss of additional teeth over a period of time.
A partial denture can be made using acrylic or a combination of acrylic and chrome. The framework is designed to look as natural as possible and attaches to your natural teeth with small clasps.
It is essential that you take your partial out and give it a good clean after each meal as food can become attached to the clasps and can cause decay to your remaining teeth.
Partial dentures become an option when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Not only does a partial denture offer a more affordable, removable alternative to bridges, it prevents other teeth from changing position.
Here are tips for caring for your dentures:
- Dentures are delicate, so handle with care because it may break if dropped.
- Place your dentures in a denture cleanser soaking solution when you’re not wearing them. Please don’t let them dry out and never place them in hot water.
- Brushing your dentures everyday will eliminate food deposits and plaque, and prevent them from getting stained. Don’t use toothpaste on them though as toothpaste is too abrasive.
- Pay your dentist a visit if your dentures break or become loose.
In case you are thinking of having your teeth replaced with either full or partial dentures, contact Passion Family Dental North Lakes at Unit 4/ 6 Endeavour Boulevard, North Lakes, QLD 4509 or call (07) 3465 1199 to learn more or schedule a visit today.