What are dentures?
Dentures refer to removable replacements for missing teeth. They are custom-made and can be removed from your mouth for easy cleaning and care. In terms of appearance, dentures are more natural looking than the kind your grandmother or grandfather wears, and they are also more comfortable to wear than in dental generations past.
Dr. Ashlea Drakeford of For You Dental in Dallas, TX, offers dentures to patients who need to replace their missing teeth. With dentures at For You Dental, we ensure that our patients will have more reasons to smile and more reasons to be confident with themselves.
Why should I replace my missing teeth?
Appearance and aesthetic considerations are not the only reasons for replacing missing teeth. Missing teeth should also be replaced to maintain the balance inside the mouth. If gaps caused by missing teeth are left without replacement teeth, the surrounding permanent teeth may eventually rotate, shift or tilt out of their normal positions. Furthermore, additional strain will be placed on the remaining teeth especially when eating, chewing or biting and this can eventually affect your bite. Also, there will be more chances for food particles and bacteria to be stuck in the gaps leading to gum disease and tooth decay on the surrounding teeth.
What types of dentures are there?
There are two types of dentures available: partial and complete dentures.
Partial dentures are used to replace one or a few missing teeth. Partial dentures usually rest on either a pink or gum-colored plastic or metal framework base that supports the artificial teeth. Between the two, metal frameworks that are secured by using clasps are being more traditionally used, while plastic framework dentures are used for dental emergencies, as a temporary restoration in preparation for another restorative dentistry procedure, or for patients who may not be candidates for implant placement.
Complete or full dentures on the other hand, refer to the type of dentures that are used to replace all of the teeth in the mouth. There are two kinds of complete dentures: conventional or immediate.
With conventional full dentures, all of the remaining teeth are removed from the mouth. Once all of the tissues have healed, normally after 9 to 12 weeks after the teeth are removed, then the conventional dentures will be placed in the mouth.
With immediate dentures, the process is quite the opposite. Here, the dentures are already made and prepared, and are immediately placed right after the remaining teeth are removed. While immediate dentures are more aesthetically pleasing since you won’t have to wait for several weeks to have your teeth, it however requires more trips to the dentist as certain adjustments will need to be made while your mouth’s heals from the extraction.
If you’re interested in having dentures, visit Dr. Ashlea Drakeford at For You Dental. Dr. Drakeford will conduct a dental examination to determine what type of dentures would meet your needs. For You Dental will guide you every step of the way to help you choose the best type of dentures.
Who are candidates for dentures?
Whether a patient is a good candidate for dentures depends on the type of dentures needed in each particular case. Partial dentures are ideal only for those who still have some of their natural teeth. Complete dentures are ideal for those people who have lost all of their teeth because of old age, accident, trauma or injury.
Should I remove my dentures at night?
For a few days right after the dentures are placed, it is advisable to wear them even at night so that it’s easier to identify the areas which need adjustment. This is especially so in the case of partial dentures as the swollen gum tissues (that are in the process of healing) may not permit the dentures to be reinserted after they are taken out. However, once the gum tissues are healed, dentures are generally worn only during the day and are taken out at night to allow your oral tissues to rest.
How should I take care of my dentures?
Don’t forget to always clean your dentures every day by brushing them with a soft tooth brush. If you remove your dentures at night, brush them first before placing them in a container with water (remember: never use hot water!) or a denture cleansing and soaking solution to ensure that the denture will not dry out, become damaged, or warped. Brush your dentures again before placing them back on your mouth. Be sure to continue brushing, flossing and practicing good oral hygiene for your remaining teeth, gums and tongue as keeping your mouth clean is important to avoid gum disease or infection.
If you’re wondering if dentures are right for you, visit Dr. Ashlea Drakeford and her team of dental care experts in Dallas, Texas. To learn more about dentures and our other cosmetic and general dentistry services and treatment options, visit For You Dental today. Call us now at (972) 386-4999 to book your appointment!