Is it time to replace your missing teeth? If you’re considering dentures, or fake teeth, in Sacramento, contact Natomas Crossing Dental Care and make an appointment. Find out how dentures can improve your smile and learn how to take care of them.
What are dentures?
Dentures are not just for elderly patients — patients of any age can lose some or all of their teeth. A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and the tissues surrounding them. The appliance, made from plastic and porcelain, looks a lot like your natural gum tissue and teeth. Complete dentures replace all your teeth. Partial dentures fill in the spaces left by a few missing teeth and keep your remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
Are there different types of dentures?
Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions of your mouth taken by your dentist. Your dentist determines which type is best for you:
- A conventional full denture is inserted in your mouth after all your remaining teeth are extracted and your tissues have healed.
- An immediate full denture is placed immediately after your natural teeth are extracted. This means that you are never without teeth; however, the dentures have to be refitted in a few months to account for the change in the bone supporting your teeth during the healing process.
- A partial denture is a removable alternative to a bridge. Supported by framework, the partial dental attaches to your natural teeth.
Are dentures comfortable?
Yes, but they take some getting used to. Allow yourself some time to get accustomed to your new dentures; even the best-fitting dentures feel awkward in the beginning. You need to get used to speaking and eating with your new teeth. You may experience some mild discomfort or increased salivary flow at first, but these are temporary. After a few weeks and a little practice smiling, laughing, eating and speaking, living with dentures becomes second nature.
How do I take care of my dentures or partials?
- Continue to practice good oral hygiene by brushing your dentures daily to remove food deposits and plaque, and to help keep them from staining
- Brush your tongue, gums and palate every morning before inserting your dentures; this stimulates tissue circulation and helps remove plaque
- Be careful handling your dentures; they are fragile and may break if dropped
- Place your dentures in plain water or denture cleansing solution to prevent them from drying out when you’re not wearing them
- Ask you dentist about appropriate adhesives
- Keep up with your regular dental checkups