Dentures are very beneficial for patients who have experienced tooth loss. A conversation with your dentist will outline all the advantages dentures have to offer such as allowing the patient to chew with ease and speak clearly, to smiling with renewed self-confidence. Whether dealing with the loss of a few teeth or having to replace an entire arch, dentures offer a realistic solution to tooth loss that is affordable and with a treatment plan that can be completed in a short amount of time.
What Exactly Is A Denture?
Dentures are a prosthetic device made to replace teeth that have been lost due to infection, trauma, or decay (or in some cases for patients whose teeth never developed properly). There are different types of dentures (removable or fixed); and complete or partial (depending on the number of teeth missing). There are a myriad of things to consider when discussing dentures; a frank discussion with your dentist will allow for the patient to receive exactly what they desire.
Removable partial dentures are suitable for patients who are missing some of their teeth. For patients wishing for a more permanent solution, they can opt for a fixed partial where abutment teeth are crowned adding pontics where teeth are missing. A complete denture is required when an entire arch of teeth must be replaced.
Caring for Dentures
Just as you care for your biological teeth, your dentures require daily attention as well. Plaque and tartar can form on dentures – this can impact oral health so daily cleaning is strongly advised. Your dentist will demonstrate the correct way to properly clean fixed dentures.
Removable prosthetics can be cleaned using products designed specifically for dentures. A soft bristle brush and a non-abrasive denture cleanser are usually adequate to keep dentures clean.
Just as with anything new, you can anticipate a brief adjustment period once your dentures are in place. But the rewards are plentiful … chewing comfortably, speaking clearly, and smiling with self-confidence are advantages afforded to denture wearers.