Is it time to replace your missing teeth? If you’re considering dentures, or false teeth, contact Natomas Crossing Dental Care and make an appointment. Find out how dentures in Sacramento can improve your smile and learn how to take care of them.
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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. The healing process may take several months, during which time the patient could go without teeth or opt for immediate dentures.
- Immediate full dentures are created in advance and placed right after your natural teeth are extracted. This means that you are never without teeth; however, the immediate dentures have to be refitted in a few months to account for the change in the bone supporting your teeth during the healing process. For this reason, immediate dentures are often used as a temporary option until the conventional custom dentures can be made and inserted.
- A partial denture is a removable alternative to a bridge. Supported by framework, the partial dental attaches to your natural teeth and serves as an anchor. A partial denture is the preferred solution when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. It prevents neighboring teeth from shifting position and fills in the gaps.
- Similarly, denture implants can be used when a patient is missing all of his or her natural teeth but still has sufficient bone tissue in the jaw to secure the insert. This type of implant helps prevent the jaw bone from deteriorating. This in turn supports a stronger smile and allows you keep eating types of foods that might be difficult to chew with conventional dentures.
Selecting the right type of denture for your dental needs will depend on a number of factors, including the condition of your remaining healthy teeth, the integrity of your jaw bones or gums and your overall lifestyle. Your dentist can help determine the best option for your needs and goals.
Are false teeth 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 custom dentures or partial dentures?
- 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 your dentist about appropriate adhesives
- Keep up with your regular dental checkups
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