What are dentures?
Dentures are removable oral devices used to replace multiple absent teeth. If you are missing many teeth, or all of your teeth, dentures could be just what you need to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile. There are two different types of dentures that we may recommend for you:
- Complete dentures
- Partial dentures
What is a complete denture?
A complete denture replaces all of the teeth in your full dental arch. Your mouth has two dental arches: the upper (maxilla) and lower (mandible). We may suggest a complete denture to replace all of the teeth in both of your arches or just one, depending on your personal oral health needs. Also, Dr. Eibling may recommend using a denture adhesive for improved stability.
What is a partial denture?
A partial denture will be used if you are missing multiple teeth but have some healthy natural teeth that will remain. A partial denture often includes a thin framework or clasps that connect to your natural teeth for a secure fit.
What can dentures help me with?
Dentures can improve your ability to speak and eat properly, regain natural volume in your face, and enhance the overall beauty of your smile. Your dentures will be custom made to fit your mouth comfortably, aesthetically, and securely.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures do not elude plaque and tartar build-up, so it’s essential that you brush your dentures every day. To clean your dentures, be sure to use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush the surfaces of the dentures, being careful not to break or bend the plastic. After a meal, it is important to rinse your dentures which will help prolong their longevity.
Use a mild cleanser to clean your dentures. Many kinds of toothpaste, household cleaners, and mouthwashes can be too harsh for dentures, so it is recommended that you use a mild hand or dish soap to safely get your dentures clean. If you’re unsure if the product you are using is safe or not, you can find more information about approved cleaning products on the American Dental Association (ADA) website. Our team is also always happy to discuss the products that we frequently recommend to our patients.
When you are not using your dentures, they need to be kept wet. Dentures that are not stored in a denture cleaning solution or in water can dry out, lose their shape, and even crack and break. Individual styles of dentures require specific soaking solutions, so be sure to ask our team which solution is best for the type of denture you have.
If by accident your dentures do break, please contact our practice at 317-288-4226 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Broken dentures that don’t fit properly can irritate your gums and mouth. Also, remember to continue scheduling regular dental checkups every six months to make sure that your smile stays healthy for many years to come.