Well-made dentures are a good way of replacing multiple missing teeth. Most complete dentures used to replace all the missing teeth in one or both arches are made of acrylic. Partial dentures are usually constructed using a combination of a metal framework (Cobalt-Chrome) for strength and acrylic teeth. Metal clasps are used on partial dentures to help prevent movement of the denture during function. In some cases implants may be placed into the jaw bone to help stabilise the dentures.
Partial Dentures And Full Dentures
Dentures can help you to eat, restore your smile and confidence and improve your speech where you are missing front teeth.
When teeth are removed, the facial profile changes. The lower jaw moves forward making the chin look more protrusive. The lips become thinner, the corners of the mouth begin to droop and the cheeks develop a hollowed look making the face look more aged.
Wearing dentures improves the facial appearance and gives a more youthful look by replacing the teeth, gum tissue and jaw bone that may have shrunk down as a result of having missing teeth. Dentures can help prevent the wear and tear and movement of any remaining teeth that tend to drift into missing tooth spaces.
Dentures should be replaced every 8-10 years. Denture wearers should however continue to have six monthly or yearly check-ups to ensure the mouth remains healthy and to check the fit of the dentures and any remaining teeth.
Advice About Caring For Your New Dentures
- Remove and rinse dentures after eating. Run water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles. You may want to place a towel on the counter or in the sink or put some water in the sink so the dentures won’t break if you drop them.
- Handle your dentures carefully. Be sure you don’t bend or damage the metal clasps when cleaning.
- Clean your mouth after removing your dentures.Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on your natural teeth and to clean your tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth (palate).
- Brush your dentures at least daily. Gently clean your dentures daily by soaking and brushing with a nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque and other deposits. Do not use denture cleansers inside your mouth.
- Soak dentures overnight.Most types of dentures need to remain moist to keep their shape. Place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. Rinse the dentures with water before placing them back in your mouth.
- Schedule regular dental checkups. Your dentist will advise you about how often to visit to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned. Your dentist can also check the inside of your mouth to make sure it’s healthy.
- See your dentist if you have a loose fit.See your dentist promptly if your dentures become loose. Loose dentures can cause irritation, sores and infection.