What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable devices used in place of lost tissue and teeth. It is an artificial tooth that allows the normal functioning of the mouth. They come in two types – full and partial. Full dentures should be opted for when all teeth are lost and partial dentures when only some of the natural teeth are lost. They are made specifically for a set of teeth and gum line. Complete Dentures fit over the upper teeth and roof and on the lower teeth placed like a horseshoe. They are conventional dentures and are taken out during the night for cleaning. Partial Dentures consist of replacing missing teeth attached to artificial gum connected by a metal framework that helps hold the denture in place.
Procedure Followed To Place Dentures
Step 1: First, we’ll do a thorough periodontal examination and extract any diseased teeth with care.
Step 2: Once your gums have healed completely, we will take exact measurements and a model of your mouth.
Step 3: From the model, we’ll make a set of dentures that properly suit your mouth and other teeth.
Step 4: Finally, we will fit you with your dentures and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that they are comfortable.
Post Dentures Treatment & Care
Since they are man-made and removable, it becomes extremely important to handle them carefully. If you want your dentures to last longer, consider the following tips:
Clean them regularly
Always make sure your dentures are clean. For this, you should brush your dentures with a non-abrasive brush. at least once per day. Although they are man-made, plaque and bacteria can accumilate up on teeth and damage other teeth and gums. If possible, remove them after each meal and wash with warm water, but if you have a complete denture, simply brushing your teeth is enough.
Soak dentures overnight in water or in a solution for dentures prescribed by us. To keep your dentures from becoming weak, avoid chlorine with them. When you put on your dentures in the morning, be sure to rinse them with clean water, as this will help wash away the chemicals, if any, during the soaking process.
Check your dentures regularly and consult us if your dentures are loose, slipping or if you notice an altered bite. Wearing ill-fitting dentures can cause infection and irritation.