Many people assume they will wear dentures eventually. However, with proper care, your teeth can easily last a lifetime. That said, should you lose the majority of your teeth, dentures can replace them and restore your smile.
And even if you are only missing a few of your natural teeth, you may want to think about filling out your smile with dentures. They can help you look younger while providing support to your cheeks and lips. Dentures aid in speaking, chewing and swallowing. Visit your dentist to find out if dentures are right for you.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Each type is made from an impression of the wearer’s mouth. Once the mold is made and the measurements are sent off to a dental lab to be made into permanent dentures, the dentist fits a temporary denture.
Dentures are secured by attaching to or fitting over any remaining natural teeth or implants.
Taking care of your dentures is vital to your overall oral health. Here are some tips on how to keep them in good condition:
- Clean dentures over a water-filled sink to prevent damage if they are dropped
- Place a small amount of liquid hand soap on the denture brush and brush all surfaces, including the clasps on a partial denture
- Rinse well with water
- Store dry in a labelled denture cup
- To re-insert dentures, wet first with water to prevent discomfort