When do you need dentures?
If you have lost a tooth or even all of your teeth, dentures become the replacement for them and help improve both your look and health. Thanks to dentures, you can eat and speak as if you have your own natural teeth. As teeth, apart from the obvious functions, play an important role in supporting facial muscles, some unwanted changes in the shape of your face can be another consequence of losing them. Dentures can fill all the gaps in your set of teeth and help restore your appearance.
What are the types?
- Conventional – this is a full and removable denture. In order to place it all your teeth must be removed and tissues healed – thus, the whole process may take a few months.
- Immediate – in this case you do not have to wait for your denture until the wounds are healed, it is placed immediately after the teeth are removed. However, after the healing period, you may need to visit your dentist again to have your denture relined or remade.
- Overdenture – here some of your natural teeth may not be removed (they only need some preparation) so as to become the support for the denture and preservation for your jawbone.
Some problems with your denture in the beginning are normal. You need some time to get used to the new “thing” in your mouth, which can be a bit irritating. You may experience increased saliva production and trouble with feeling of loosen dentures, which disappears when your tongue and muscles get used to the new situation. You should visit your dentist if the problems seem to last too long and you cannot feel any improvement. Of course, apart from this, you need to contact your dentist just to control the new dentures.
How should I treat my new teeth?
Proper hygiene is necessary even if you have the full denture. Remember about brushing your gums, tongue and the rest of your mouth each time you insert the denture. Stimulating the circulation in your tissues and removing plaque is very important.
It would be a good idea to treat your dentures as your natural teeth. They also need to be cleaned from any food remainings and plaque. Here we suggest a procedure for keeping your dentures in the right condition.
- Before you start brushing, rinse your dentures.
- To brush it use a soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste, which will prevent scratching.
- Brush not only your dentures, but also the whole oral cavity. It is very important for your breath.
- When not used, dentures should be kept in water to avoid warping.
- It can happen that you may need some adhesive. There is a wide choice of them so you can buy any form you prefer – cream, strips, pads, liquids or powder. If you have any problems with choosing the best option for you, contact your dentist.
- Finally, to keep your mouth and dentures in good condition, remember about regular checkups!