Dentures are removable, artificial replacements of your gums and teeth. Your dentist will choose to use dentures over other methods when there has been damage to many teeth and the bones within your jaw are not suited for other methods such as dental implants. There are many reasons patients can lose all their teeth but the main cause is removal due to disease or tooth decay.
There are two types of dentures, partial and complete and each are used for different circumstances. Partial dentures are used when only some of your natural teeth need to be removed. Your dentist will remove all the teeth that need to be removed and allow the gums and bone to heal. Once they are healed your dentist will fit your partial dentures which connect to your natural teeth through a metallic framework.
Complete dentures are used when all of your natural teeth need to be removed. Conventional complete dentures require that your gums and jaw completely heal before being fitted which means that patients will be without teeth for a certain period of time. An alternative to this is immediate complete dentures where your dentist will place the dentures immediately after removing all your teeth. The disadvantage with this method is that your dentures need to be realigned multiple times as the bones in your jaw change shape as they heal.
Dentures do take some getting used to but do offer several improvements over lacking teeth or teeth that aren’t structurally strong with improved mastication (the ability to chew) being the primary benefit. To maintain these benefits taking care of your dentures is a must. Below are some tips on basic denture care:
Brush your mouth daily before placing your dentures
Brush your dentures daily to remove plaque and prevent staining
Keep your dentures in solution or plain water when not wearing them as to prevent them from drying out