Dentures are removable appliances that replace teeth that have been removed. Along with restoring your smile, dentures are beneficial to ensure that you can eat, drink, and speak properly, particularly if you have multiple missing teeth. The type of dentures recommended by your dentist will depend on your needs, as well as how many teeth are missing. Regardless of the type of dentures used, they are a useful way to restore your smile if you’ve lost teeth.
Types of Dentures
The two primary types of dentures are complete and partial dentures. Your dentist will recommend one of these types based on the condition of your existing teeth and your dental needs.
Complete dentures are two full rows of dentures that comprise all of your teeth. In order to use complete dentures, your remaining teeth are removed. Thankfully you do not have to wait to heal to have teeth. You are able to receive an immediate denture the day your teeth are removed. Your dentures are fitted to your mouth so you can use them as you would your natural teeth.
Partial dentures are used when not all of your teeth are missing or removed. Instead, the replacement teeth are fitted to the base. Sometimes the teeth are held in place with metal framework, such as in the case of a bridge. Like complete dentures, partial dentures are removable for cleaning and maintenance. If partial dentures are needed, you may consider a fixed bridge, which is a bridge that is cemented in place rather than being removable.
The Process of Getting Dentures
The process of getting dentures varies based on whether you are getting complete or partial dentures. In the case of partial dentures, a fixed bridge is a different type of procedure and differs from the standard processes used for complete or partial (removable) dentures.
If you need to have teeth removed for your dentures, such as in the case of complete dentures, you will have impressions taken prior to your surgery. This will ensure that you have an immediate denture to place once your teeth have been removed. Once your teeth have been removed and your denture has been placed you will have follow up visits to adjust as your tissue is healing. Once your tissue has fully healed you will return to the office for a hard reline which will enable the denture to fit properly.
There will likely be an adjustment period once you get the dentures, so they may feel odd at first. Your dentist will likely schedule a follow-up appointment to make sure that your dentures fit properly once you’ve had some time to adjust to them.
Care and Maintenance of Dentures
It’s important that you take good care of your dentures so they stay in good condition. It’s also important to continue practicing good oral hygiene to protect your gums, tongue, and mouth from bacteria. Once you have your dentures, practicing good care and maintenance will mean they work for you longer and your mouth can stay healthy. Here are some care and maintenance tips:
Treat your dentures like your natural teeth. They should be brushed regularly using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser. Your dentist can recommend an appropriate cleanser for your dentures.
Rinse your dentures before cleaning them to get rid of large food particles or other debris. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive cleanser on your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth, as well. This will help combat bacteria and keep your dentures in better condition. Keep your dentures covered with water when they are not in your mouth to reduce the chance of warping. They should also be kept in a safe place so they don’t fall and break.
If you use adhesives, speak with your dentist to find the best one for your needs and follow the directions for the adhesive every time you use it. After you adjust to your dentures, check in regularly with your dentist to ensure that they continue to fit properly. Let your dentist know of ongoing pain or discomfort or other problems with your dentures.
Whether you need partial or complete dentures, replacing your missing teeth restores your smile and ensures you can eat, drink, and speak properly. If you have missing teeth and would like to discuss dentures in the Camden, Downtown Charleston, James Island, or Summerville area, contact us today to make an appointment.
Frequently Asked Braces Questions
A. Dentures replace your natural teeth. However, they will need to be removed to be cleaned and cared for.
A. Even though your dentures won’t change, your mouth might. It’s important to check in with your dentist regularly to make sure that your dentures continue to work for you. You should also let your dentist know if you have any pain, discomfort, or concerns about your dentures.
A. No. You can get partial or full dentures, depending on your needs and the condition of your teeth. Your dentist will make a recommendation based on your unique situation.