At some point in life, missing teeth don’t grow back. If you’re missing a tooth in a conspicuous area, the first blow may be to your self-esteem. You start to wonder how odd it would look when you talk, smile, or laugh. If it isn’t in a conspicuous area, there are other issues to bother about. A missing tooth can affect the articulation of some words, disrupting the speech. A missing tooth can also affect chewing, cutting, and biting. Thankfully, there are many viable options for missing teeth. In this article, we will see how a denture helps restore the beauty in your dentition.
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that are custom-made to fit a person. They are used to replace lost or removed teeth. Chances are that you’ve seen one or two people using one but you didn’t notice it because it fits right in. This is because there is a custom design for every person and the dentist in 61021 ensures that the artificial teeth are visually matched to existing teeth.
Materials used to make dentures have evolved from porcelain and plastic in the past too hard resin today. These materials are not as strong as natural teeth but can last up to five years and more if well maintained. A denture usually has a supporting structure made of the same material as the teeth. This support fits snugly on the natural gum line. Dentures made for the upper front teeth can lie over the roof of the mouth.
There are several types of dentures depending on their use or how they fit onto the gum. Partial dentures are best used when a person is only missing teeth or two. They may be used if the surrounding natural teeth are not strong enough to support other tooth replacement options such as dental bridges. They are made to fit over the part of the gum line as well as fasten to surrounding teeth. However, this arrangement is not permanent. One may remove them for cleaning or before bedtime.
Full dentures replace the entire dentition. Although they are also removable, they are made to fit over the entire gum line. Here, they stay in place by suction or with the use of an oral adhesive.
Immediate dentures are used as a placeholder for permanent dentures (both full and partial dentures in Dixon). They are made before tooth extraction and are fitted immediately after. The healing process for tooth extraction can take as long as six months and immediate dentures can stay that long. Moreover, they can be refitted to allow for mouth changes during the healing process. Immediately healing is complete, immediate dentures are discarded for the permanent ones.
Implant-supported dentures are dentures supported by a dental implant. A dental implant is another tooth replacement option made of a titanium implant sited in the jawbone where it is firmly held. Implant-supported dentures last longer and are commonly done on the lower jaw.
Dentures need regular cleaning just like your natural teeth. This is because they are also susceptible to plaque and tartar build-up. To clean your denture, take it out of your mouth and run clean water over it. This dislodges any debris stuck anywhere on the structure. Use a denture brush with a mild soap or denture cleaner to brush the denture all over. Rinse well after cleaning and you can use it again.
Your dentist will advise that you remove your dentures before sleeping to prevent damage. This act also helps your gums get some free time. Do well to preserve the denture in warm water as this prevents them from drying out and eventual shape distortion.
Dentures can help you restore the integrity of your dentition. Consider full and partial dentures in Dixon today.