Having missing or broken teeth can have hugely negative impact on quality of life.
When your smile is affected, you might cover your mouth with your hand when you laugh, smile with your lips together, or maybe even avoid social interactions altogether. The way you eat and chew may also be affected; depending on which teeth have been lost or damaged, you might not be able to enjoy the same kinds of foods you once did.
There have been so many advancements in dentistry over the years, and dentures have improved significantly. What were once burdensome and ill-fitting dental appliances are now one of the most sought-after treatments for patients whose smile has been changed due to accidents, tooth decay or gum disease. Gone are the days of dentures slipping and falling out; these days, they are custom made to fit better than ever.
If you are considering improving your smile with a complete or partial set of dentures, read on to find out everything you need to know to care for your dentures.
Partial vs. Incomplete Dentures
Partial dentures fill the gaps of one or just a few missing teeth. They are placed by attaching ‘arms’ (metal wires) to your remaining teeth, and as such are much more secure than complete dentures.
Complete dentures, as the name suggests, are needed when several or most teeth are missing or must be removed.
Complete dentures are made by first creating a custom mold to fit the unique shape of your jaw. A thin layer of your own saliva is used upon insertion to provide a tight seal.
Adhesive may also be used to secure your dentures.
Dentures that are made to fit properly should not require any adhesive, however, and it’s advised that you speak to your dentist right away if you’re experiencing difficulty with your new dentures, as ill-fitting dentures can lead to soreness of your gums, injury, or damage to your remaining teeth.
In the event that your complete dentures are constantly slipping, falling out, or are just generally uncomfortable, your dentist may suggest inserting dental implants. The complete dentures would then be attached to the implants in the same way that the partial dentures are, providing a better, more secure fit.
Cleaning your Dentures
Dentures can run on the pricier side, so it’s important to take care of them. Afterall, now that your smile is complete again, you want it to stay that way.
After eating, it’s a good idea to remove and rinse your dentures. Handle them very carefully, as dropping them can lead to cracked or loss of teeth. Be mindful to not bend the clasps if handling partial dentures.
Brush your dentures daily with a very soft brush; avoid using anything overly abrasive on your dentures to avoid creating gouges where bacteria could grow.
Thoroughly clean the inside of your mouth, using a baby toothbrush or gauze to clean your remaining natural teeth, tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth.
If you are using a denture adhesive, thoroughly clean away all that remains at the end of the day and soak your dentures in water or a mild solution and be sure to thoroughly rinse them before putting them back in your mouth, as some adhesive solutions can be hard on your stomach if consumed.
Follow your dentist’s instructions exactly as they are laid out to extend the life of your dentures. They will tell you when to come in to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned and it’s vital to stick to the schedule.
Digital Denture Centre is a trusted denture clinic in Surrey. If you’re ready to improve your smile, give them a call today.