Before you get any dental treatment, it is important that you understand the procedure and how to take care of any prosthetics. Lakeland Family Dentistry in Flowood, Mississippi, ensures that you get the best possible experience and are fully aware of the care your dentures will need.
If you are about to get dentures or are thinking about your future health, then you might have a number of questions about dentures. What exactly are dentures, how can dentures improve your dental health? What foods should you avoid if you have dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that will be formed to be the perfect fit by your dentist. They typically replace removed or lost teeth. There can be partial or full dentures, and it will depend on how many of your teeth need to be replaced. Dentures can cover the top or bottom gum line. No matter how many teeth you have missing, your dentures can be created to fit your mouth perfectly.
Dentures are more comfortable now than they have ever been. They used to be made from plastic or porcelain. Newer, more modern dentures are now made of resin. The previous materials, like plastic or porcelain, were more likely to crack and chip if dropped. They were also more likely to wear down and need to be replaced every few years.
A more flexible polymer material is used for the gum and will fit snugly along the natural gum line. The supporting structure that holds the artificial teeth in place is usually made from a resin material too.
Partial dentures are ideal when other tooth-replacement methods put too much pressure on the surrounding teeth. Sometimes the surrounding teeth aren't strong enough to support a dental bridge. Partial dentures are fastened to nearby teeth. They need to be removed and placed in a cleaning solution while you are sleeping.
Full dentures are dentures that replace all of your natural teeth. They can be fitted to your top or bottom gums and are held in place by suction and the help of an adhesive. Just like partial dentures, they are easy to remove and can be left in a cleaning solution.
Overdentures are an alternative to traditional dentures if they are uncomfortable or you have a couple of natural teeth left. Overdentures are fitted to the root of your teeth, and will either rest on dental implants or the root of your natural teeth. These are comfortable and easy to remove too.
Immediate dentures are created before any teeth get replaced and can be used straight away after extraction. They help the healing process but will be disposed of once your permanent dentures are ready.
Your dentures will need cleaning no matter what type you choose. While they are artificial, they can still get a build-up of bacteria, tartar, and plaque.
You will take your dentures out, and clean away all food debris. With a soft denture brush, you will use a denture cleaner solution to clean the denture. You shouldn't use an electric toothbrush, regular toothpaste, or any other cleaners as these will wear away the denture materials.
You should submerge your dentures in warm water when you are not wearing them. This will stop them from drying out and becoming misshapen. You should only use a denture-soaking solution if your dentures have no metal components.
Lakeland Family Dentistry can help you take care of your oral health and give you all of the options and information when it comes to your dentures.
The doctors at Lakeland Family Dentistry are excited to meet you and
discuss your dental needs.
Call our office today at (601) 981-4746 to schedule the first step toward your healthiest smile.
207 Katherine Dr.
Flowood, MS 39232