What Are Dentures?
Dentures are false teeth used to replace missing natural teeth. Unlike implants, dentures can be taken in and out of your mouth. Dentures are increasingly natural looking and they are becoming more and more comfortable. Typically made out of porcelain, porcelain dentures have many benefits:
- Natural looking
- Feel very similar to natural teeth
- Harder, meaning they are more durable than other material
Although they are often associated with those who are older, dentures are a viable option for anyone with missing teeth. At Park Avenue Dental, we feel that a nice, full smile is good for your health, and dentures can help your smile immensely.
Why You Might Need Dentures
There are several reasons someone might need dentures. Look out for these warning signs:
- Toothaches – Toothaches can be a sign of tooth decay. If you have prolonged pain, come see your dentist and get your teeth checked.
- Prolonged gingivitis – While gingivitis is treatable, if left unchecked or unaddressed it can lead to tooth decay and missing teeth. If you have bleeding or sore gums, come into the dentist.
- Poor oral health – Proper brushing, flossing, and bi-yearly check-ups with your dentist is the best way to protect your natural teeth. If you don’t take care of your teeth there is a good chance that you may lose them.
While it may seem obvious, missing teeth would be the ultimate reason you would need dentures. Missing teeth don’t only affect your smile, they can also affect your health. Having all your teeth keeps your facial muscles from sagging, it helps you eat, helps your digestion, and helps you speak.
Types of Dentures
There are several types of dentures and what you need will depend on your specific situation. Typically dentures are broken down into three categories:
- Conventional – Conventional dentures are a full set of partial teeth. Your remaining natural teeth are pulled, and then dentures are fitted to your top and bottom jaw, making room for your tongue.
- Immediate – Immediate dentures are temporary and usually go in before you are fit for a set of conventional dentures. Once your teeth are pulled, you are given a set of immediate dentures so that you can eat while your jaw heals.
- Overdenture – Overdentures are an alternative to dental implants and aren’t a full set of teeth. They fill in gaps in your smile and are used in concert with your good, natural teeth.
Come in to see your dentist and get a consultation on which type of denture might be best for you.
How are Dentures Installed?
There are several steps to denture installation that ensure that you have the best fitting, most comfortable dentures possible. Usually, you can be fitted for dentures with only a couple of visits to the dentist.
- Impressions are made of your jaw and measurements are taken to determine the space between your jaws and how your upper and lower jaw relate to one another.
- Models, wax molds or plastic patterns are created and then worn by the patient to determine the best possible fit.
- The final piece is crafted out of porcelain or resin.
- Adjustments are made as necessary to ensure that the dentures fit tightly and are as comfortable as possible.
To determine the best fit adjustments may need to be made. You want to make sure that the dentures don’t slip or loosen in your mouth. They should feel as natural as possible.
Proper Denture Care
We have talked about denture care before in a previous blog, but it is important to still mention a few things about taking care of your dentures.
Because dentures are most commonly made out of porcelain, they are more susceptible to chipping or cracking than your natural teeth. Don’t open things with your teeth, avoid chewing gum, or using toothpicks, use a soft-bristle toothbrush when brushing your teeth, and keep your dentures in a safe place covered with water to prolong their life.
Dentures may begin to slip and feel more irritating over time, that can be a sign that they no longer fit. Be sure to come to the dentist regularly and have them checked for fit. Just because you no longer have natural teeth, doesn’t mean that routine checkups shouldn’t be part of your oral care regimen.
Visit Park Avenue Dental For Your Best Dentures
If you are considering dentures, you want the most comfortable fit possible. Our dentists are experienced and know the value of a good smile, and our practice highly values cosmetic dentistry.
Give us a call and come in for a consultation to determine if dentures are the right fit for you!