Dentures are a removable dental appliance designed to replace missing teeth. They’re often the best restoration option for patients who’ve lost all or most of their teeth, either from advanced gum disease, severe tooth decay, or through traumatic injury.
Fixed dentures, which only a dentist can remove, aren’t as common as removable dentures, which you can take out yourself for daily at-home cleanings.
The three basic types of removable dentures include:
Also known as conventional dentures, this appliance is used to replace a complete set of top teeth, bottom teeth, or both. Complete dentures can only be worn following the removal of any remaining teeth, once gum tissues have healed.
This complete, removable appliance fits over dental implants that are surgically placed in your jawbone. Overdentures are more stable than conventional dentures because they can’t slip out of place.
This type of denture is generally used to restore a group of missing teeth across the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures attach to your natural teeth to stay firmly in place.
Like implants, bridges, crowns, and other restorative dental solutions, dentures are custom-fitted to your mouth and are incredibly durable. Because the technology used to make them is also highly flexible, dentures can provide a solution to a wide variety of problems related to missing teeth.
Dentures may be your best option if you aren’t a suitable candidate for dental implants, either because you don’t have sufficient jawbone mass or you can’t undergo surgery.
If you’re missing teeth, Dr. Milana can explain your restoration options after a comprehensive oral exam. Whether dentures offer the best solution or something else, he’ll tell you what you can expect from all viable options so you can make an informed choice.
Cleaning your dentures properly every day will help keep them in the best condition, so they’ll last as long as possible. Always rinse your dentures before brushing them to remove any loose food, and use a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive paste specifically made for dentures to remove remaining food particles and prevent staining.
It’s also important to put them in a soaking solution or water when you aren’t wearing them, as dentures that aren’t kept moist will lose their shape.
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