A Complete Guide to Dentures – Types, Care and Maintenance

Close-up Photo of Dental Cast Dentures are an increasingly popular solution to replace missing teeth. From full (complete) to partial dentures, dentures provide numerous advantages including improved chewing and speech functions as well as aesthetic advantages.

Dentures are an increasingly popular solution to replace missing teeth. From full (complete) to partial dentures, dentures provide numerous advantages including improved chewing and speech functions as well as aesthetic advantages.

Regular dental check-ups and proper maintenance of dentures is vital in maintaining their longevity and functionality. In this article we cover everything you need to know about dentures – from their various types to care and maintenance requirements.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures provide the ideal solution when missing one or more teeth, filling in their gap to restore both appearance and functionality. They also protect remaining natural teeth from shifting, helping avoid future chewing and speech issues.

Removable partial dentures typically feature clasps or attachments that secure them to existing teeth for stability and to ensure proper fitting and placement, to minimize movement or slippage while speaking or eating. A specialized Gilbert dentist will ensure these dentures are fitted perfectly so as to avoid movement or slippage while speaking or eating.

As with any dental device, removable dentures require regular care and maintenance to remain in good condition. Brush them daily, rinse after meals and soak in a denture cleaning solution overnight to remove surface stains. Also important is keeping them in an appropriate container designed for dentures to avoid warping, keep them clean and dry, extend lifespan and maximize comfort. Don’t forget to schedule regular visits with Bella Smiles so we can monitor oral health early on and identify any potential issues as soon as they arise!

Full Dentures

Dentures Newmarket can provide an effective solution to missing teeth, but they require ongoing care in order to remain both aesthetically pleasing and functioning optimally. A daily regime of brushing, soaking and rinsing will keep them free of stains and bacteria buildup.

Always handle dentures carefully to avoid bending or breaking their plastic components or clasps, and make sure you clean them over a towel or bowl of water should you drop any. Also avoid products containing bleach as this could change their color; and never soak metal attachments into solutions that contain chlorine as this could tarnish and weaken them over time.

Dental implants offer patients looking for more long-term solutions a viable solution, helping to stimulate the nerves in the jaw while preventing bone loss over time. Unfortunately, however, implants tend to be more costly than dentures so it’s essential that you consult a denture specialist regarding what kind of care will best meet your needs.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are the only tooth replacement option that actually replaces the roots of your teeth for a fuller and healthier smile. Furthermore, denture implants help prevent jaw bone loss that could otherwise alter facial structure and make you appear older than you really are.

Dentures made with traditional denture adhesive require constant reapplying throughout the day, leading to messy cleanup and potentially painful tissue contact. They may also rub against gum tissue causing pain and discomfort.

Implant-supported dentures attach to dental implants placed into the jawbone and fuse with it via an osseointegration process, becoming part of your natural teeth in time. They come either fixed or removable; removable dentures attach using ball-shaped abutments that fit into sockets in their base for easier cleaning, while fixed dentures known as stud-attachment dentures or bar-retained dentures attach securely using screws abutting each abutment and cannot be taken off again without using forceps.

Care and Maintenance

Understanding the different types of dentures available will allow you to select one best suited to your needs, as well as care and maintenance procedures so you can extend their useful lifespan.

Proper care of dentures involves daily cleaning, overnight soaking in a solution designed to keep them moist (plain water or denture cleanser are usually effective), and regular dental checkups. Any changes in fit or comfort must also be reported immediately to your dentist.

Partial and full dentures are fragile appliances that should be handled carefully to reduce the risk of damage if they’re handled roughly or dropped, so be sure to hold them over a towel or sink filled with water when inserting or removing them in order to minimize chances of breaking or cracking them. Furthermore, avoid placing them in hot or boiling water as that can warp their shape over time.

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