Learn about your Removable Denture options.
There are several choices when it comes to replacing missing teeth. When people are missing multiple teeth, a great solution to replace all the teeth in one arch with a removable denture or partial.
Unlike surgical tooth implants, removable dentures are an excellent non-invasive solution. These are dental appliances in which you are able to remove and are not permanently attached in your mouth. Of all the options available to people with missing teeth, these are most commonly used for replacement of those teeth.
Removable dentures are supported by surrounding tissues within the mouth, or the remaining teeth rather than being permanently attached. They can completely change someone’s life, allowing for easier chewing, as well as restoring speech and pronunciation and maintaining muscles.
Types of Dentures
These would be created for you if you are missing a few of your teeth, and still had some of your natural teeth in place. These dentures latch on with a metal framework or all pink acrylic to the remaining teeth so that they can stay in place when being used. The partial will fill in the gaps in your mouth, and by doing so, give you function back that was lost.
When you have complete dentures, you are replacing all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw.
In the upper jaw, the dentures are able to stay in place as there is a vacuum that is created between the denture and the palate of your mouth. Lower dentures rest on tissue and bone structure. If there is not enough bone in the lower jaw, implants are usually placed to offer support and keep the dentures in place.
To get these dentures, the first step is to extract any teeth that you have on the chosen jaw. After the gums have fully healed, the complete denture can then be inserted into the mouth. The healing is especially important when opting for complete dentures. This is because, as the gums and the tissues heal, they will shrink. The result of this is the dentures coming loose, which means that they will then need to be readjusted.
If you need teeth extracted, and do not want to wait for healing, immediate dentures can be made. This are less accurate, but overtime can be adjusted for a better fit. If you have any questions on the different options, please contact Schultz Family Dental of Park Ridge for a consultation.
Advantages of Removable Dentures
Despite there being considerable new technology in dentistry that provides better solutions than removable dentures, these still continue to be highly popular for all types of patients. Here are a few reasons why:
- In comparison to other dental procedures that manage missing or damaged teeth, removable dentures are possibly the most affordable.
- They can be made relatively quickly, ensuring that a patient spends minimal time without teeth.
- They are easy to take care of and maintain.
- They are an excellent alternative to real teeth due to their natural look. They can be customised to fit a particular shape and colour, and also to be in alignment correctly.
Removable Denture Expectations and Reality
You will find that your body requires some time to adjust to your removable dentures, especially in the way that they feel within your mouth. You will possibly find them to be uncomfortable, and in some cases, chewing may also feel a little awkward.
It is important that you ensure your dentures are made to measure and are a comfortable fit. As they rely on suction to stay in place, if they do not fit the natural shape of your gums and palate, they may become loose.
Until you get used to using them, you will need to practice eating, speaking, and wearing your dentures. You may need multiple adjustment appointments after having your dentures delivered to ensure a comfortable fit.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
The overall health of your mouth will be dependent on your ability to take care of your dentures. This will also affect their durability. You should follow these guidelines:
- Just as you would with your natural teeth, brush your dentures two times a day using a toothbrush with soft bristles and dish soap.
- At any time that you are not wearing, make sure that you keep them in denture solution. This will prevent them from warping or changing their shape.
- If they become damaged in any way, including being loose or breaking, make sure you take them to a dental office for quick repair.