Dentures And Your Oral Health

Dentures And Your Oral Health

When you miss your teeth, you may feel low self-esteem while smiling and have difficulty in speaking and eating. Your dentist creates artificial teeth and gums to replace your missing natural teeth. These are called dentures. They are custom made to fit your mouth and match your existing teeth restoring the appearance and oral functions.

Types of Dentures

Generally, there are two types of dentures:

  • Complete Dentures
  • Partial Dentures

As the names imply, they are made to either replace all teeth on the top or bottom of your gum line or they may replace a few missing teeth as per your requirement.

Complete Dentures

Artificial teeth that make dentures were made up of plastic or porcelain, but the modern dentures are made up of hard resin. The base or the supporting structure that holds your artificial teeth in place and replicate gum tissues are often made up of the same type of resin used for the artificial teeth. They may also be made up of more flexible polymer material to fit snugly on the natural gum line.

Full or complete dentures replace all the natural teeth. They are fitted either from the top or bottom jawline. They are easily removable and held in place either by suction or oral adhesive that form a seal with your gums.

Partial Dentures

If the teeth surrounding your natural teeth are not strong enough to support structures like bridges or you have missed two or more than two teeth, then your dentist recommends partial dentures instead of other tooth-replacement methods available.

The partial dentures are generally fitted to that part of your gum line where they will sit on and fasten to the nearest natural teeth to protect them from falling out of place. They are temporarily fastened and can be easily taken while sleeping or for cleaning.

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Do You Require To Wear It Throughout The Day

You are generally recommended by your dentist to wear your dentures throughout the day, but you need to take out while sleeping in the night to give your oral tissues enough time to relax. However, you may need to wear it even while sleeping during the first few days after receiving an immediate denture.

This help in best identifying the areas of your gum that needs to be adjusted. In the case of immediate dentures, your gum tissue swells up after you lose your teeth or if they are extracted. Your dentist recommends you wear dentures even during the night while you sleep because if they are taken out, the swelling gum may not permit to reinsert them.

Does It Affect Your Look And Bites?

Dentures are virtually undetectable and visually give the same look and feel of your natural teeth. They restore and complement the aesthetic appearance of your face. It takes some practice and time to make yourself comfortable in inserting and taking out dentures easily as you may face the problem of sore gum initially.

It is essential to visit your dentist often during the few weeks of receiving your dentures. Your dentist will help you in adjusting those parts of dentures that cause irritation of your oral tissues.

Eating with the dentures in place needs some care as well as practice. Your dentist will recommend you avoid sticky and chewy foods and start with soft food and slowly introduce solid foods to maintain your oral health. Once your cheeks, tongue, gum, and mouth get used to the denture, they will automatically help in keep your denture in place without any efforts.

Initially, you may require some practice for speaking also but it will become easier with the time. You may face the problem of increased saliva while speaking but it will reduce back to normal with time. You need to control your exaggerated laughing and yawning because it may cause the dislodging of your dentures. If this continues, you will require to visit your dentist to get it adjusted or relined.

How To Take Proper Care Of Your Dentures?

You should inculcate the habit of cleaning your dentures daily with a soft toothbrush, soap, and water. You are required to rinse your mouth daily without dentures in place to clean off plaque if any and reduce the risk of infection. Your dentures must be placed in water or denture cleaner solution when you are not wearing it. They should not be placed in hot water to avoid any damage or warp.