Creekbridge Dental knows that sometimes, as we age, dentures are part of life in the Brooklyn Park, MN area. They don’t have to be uncomfortable or annoying though! Let us help custom fit the perfect partial or full set for your mouth. Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. They are generally made of acrylic resin and various metals.
The types of dentures are:
- Complete dentures – replace all teeth
- Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth
- Partial dentures – fill in the spaces created by missing teeth preventing other teeth from changing position
- Candidates for partial dentures still have some natural teeth remaining
- Immediate dentures – you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period with this type. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks
- One thing to look for though is your bones or gums shrinking over time. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly
- Conventional dentures – made from measurements and models of your jaw
- Overdentures – removable dentures that fit over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants
- With this type, natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture
Some benefits of dentures include:
- Dentures improve chewing ability and speech, and provide support for facial muscles
- Dentures enhance your facial appearance and smile
- Complete dentures can be placed on your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both
Some tips to clean your dentures are:
- Brush the dentures using a toothbrush without hard bristles, which can damage the denture
- Look for denture cleansers with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance
- Pay special attention to cleaning teeth that fit under the denture`s metal clasps
- Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean dentures is also acceptable
- Dentures can lose their shape if not kept moist. At night, the denture should be placed in soaking solution or water.
- Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth
- Every morning, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your dentures
Eating with dentures can take getting used to, just like after getting braces or a cavity filled, your mouth will feel strange and need to adapt. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet. Continue to chew food using both sides of the mouth at the same time. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells.
Another common concern among denture wearers is if it will affect their speech. It will take some getting used to, but you will sound like yourself again soon. Sometimes the dentures may click, just adjust your speech to speak more slowly. They may slip if you laugh or cough; you can fix this by gently biting down and swallowing. If the problems persist – consult your dentist.
Please call us at 763-561-1570 or e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
For more information on dentures, please visit: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/Dentures.