Missing teeth? It may be time to consider dentures.
What are dentures?
Dentures are false teeth that are removable and worn in the place of missing teeth.
Dentures can come as a full set or partial set, depending on how many teeth are remaining. Partial dentures attach to existing teeth and blend in with your gums and teeth.
Dentures come with a plate, made of metal or acrylic, and teeth, made of ceramic or acrylic that resembles your natural teeth. The plate can be taken in and out with ease and fits over your jaw. Dentures can be used for the upper or lower sets of teeth, or both if necessary.
Full dentures are ideal for patients who have lost some or most of their teeth, while partial dentures are useful for filling in gaps of several missing teeth. Dentures don’t just replace missing teeth, though. They support facial muscles and structures and decrease oral bone loss.
Dentures are a cost-effective treatment option for those looking to improve their smile and overall oral health.
Can I eat with dentures?
Yes. At first, eating with dentures may be challenging while you are still getting used to the new dentures. With time, you will be able to continue eating your regular food. Some foods may not taste the same, and your mouth may become less sensitive to hard food and hot or cold foods, so you will need to take special care not to eat or drink things that are too hot or very hard foods.
Eating with natural teeth is different from eating with dentures, but taking it easy in the early stages can help you adjust. Eat soft foods, and cut them into bite-sized pieces before putting them in your mouth. When eating with dentures, you should also try to use your back teeth, your canines, when biting into foods, especially when you are getting used to how the dentures fit in your mouth. Over a few days or weeks, you will feel more comfortable eating with dentures. So when you feel ready, introduce firmer foods to your diet, while avoiding gum, very hot foods, or meals that contain shells or sharp bones.
Do I have to wear dentures at night?
Once you have your dentures, you will be required to wear them at night as well as during the day for the first few weeks. This allows your dentures to settle and your mouth to adjust to the new appliance.
However, after the first few weeks, you will be able to remove the dentures at night while you sleep. You should remove your dentures at night to allow your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of your dentures during the day. You should never wear your dentures longer than 24 hours without cleaning them properly and brushing your gums.
How long do dentures last?
If you look after your dentures correctly, they can last up to 8 years. In order to ensure a long life for your dentures, you should look after them properly and visit your dentist regularly to be sure they are fitting well and do not need adjustment. Your dentures may need to be realigned or remade if they are not safe to wear or are causing damage to your gums.
Regular maintenance and adjustment of your dentures mean they will be as comfortable and look as natural as possible. Over time, though, dentures will wear down and your gums may change, so eventually, it will be necessary to get a new set of dentures.
How do I look after dentures?
To help the longevity of dentures, it’s important you look after them. Like regular teeth, they will need to be brushed and rinsed daily. However, you will need to use a cleaner which removes any lingering bacteria and prevents stains.
You can clean your dentures using a regular toothbrush and mild detergent. Make sure to clean all of the dentures, not just the teeth. Dentures should be handled with care so as not to damage them while cleaning. It’s also important that you care for your mouth and gums.
As always, you should continue to schedule regular dental checkups so that your dentist can help ensure a proper fit to prevent slippage and discomfort. Your dentist can also check the inside of your mouth to make sure it stays healthy.
Want to discuss if getting dentures is the right option for you? Contact JC Dental today.