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Dentures are sets of synthetic teeth that you can remove as needed. They are a natural-looking way to replace teeth you have lost due to tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease or injury. They are effective at filling in the gaps left by missing teeth and inhibiting any remaining teeth from migrating into the empty spaces. Dentures restore certain mouth functions such as chewing as well as restoring the look of your smile.
If you are missing only some of your teeth, your dentist will most likely recommend partial dentures. He typically recommends full dentures for individuals missing all their teeth.
Full dentures are comprised of a flesh-colored, plastic-covered metal base with synthetic teeth attached to the top. The base sits atop the gums. Full upper dentures cover the roof of the mouth while full lower dentures are shaped like horseshoes to allow room for the tongue.
Partial dentures, or removable dental bridges, are also comprised of artificial teeth affixed to a flesh-colored, plastic-covered metal base. With partial dentures, however, the component that covers the metal base clasps to the existing natural teeth.
Caring for Dentures
As you age, your oral anatomy changes. These natural changes in your mouth may cause dentures to loosen or move around in the mouth, irritating the gums or making it difficult to eat. Thus, it is important to visit your dentist every year for your annual dental exam and cleanings, so he can monitor your oral health and adjust (or remake) your dentures, as needed.
Between your dental exams and cleanings, you should care for your dentures in the following ways:
While handling your dentures, stand over a large container of water or a folded towel, as they are fragile and incur damage easily when dropped.
When not in use, place dentures in denture cleaning solution or cool water, so they do not dry out.
Never use hot water to clean or soak your dentures, as it may cause them to warp.
Brush your dentures daily to clean off any food, plaque or stains.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth each morning before inserting dentures to remove plaque and stimulate blood circulation.
Visit Warrington Dental if your dentures sustain any damage to avoid doing further harm to them.
Who Can Benefit From Dentures?
If you are missing some or all of your teeth and are in good general health, you would probably benefit from dentures. You must also have sound oral health; this includes having healthy gums which are free of periodontal disease. Finally, you should have adequate jawbone mass to provide a supportive foundation for the dentures.
To find out if you could benefit from dentures, schedule an appointment with one of the New Jersey denture specialists at Warrington Dental, Dr. Motwani can evaluate your oral health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for denture treatment. The experienced dentists offer a wide array of cosmetic dentistry options for those who desire an alternative to dentures.
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