While it isn't something that we go around discussing, there are more people that wear dentures than you might have realized. Our 100 Mile House dentists talk about the two types of dentures that are available and why you might need them.
What are dentures and what are they used for?
Dentures are custom-made artificial teeth and gums that are made to fit your mouth perfectly. They will fit well and are created to match your already existing teeth. These dentures are used to replace teeth that are missing, whether it is only a couple of teeth or your full set.
How will I know if I need dentures?
You may initially believe that dentures are only recommended for senior patients but that is not true. Dentures are used by patients of all ages who have missing teeth that they would like to replace. Your dentist will take the factors related to your particular situation into consideration when deciding whether or not dentures would be right for you.
If you visit your dentist on a regular basis for checkups and practice good oral hygiene at home then you may never require the use of dentures. However, if you have a history of dental issues and have previously experienced dental problems, dentures may be in your future.
What are the two types of dentures?
The replacement of missing teeth is an important part of your overall oral health care. If you are missing one or more teeth, ask your dentist whether full or partial dentures are right for you.
Partial dentures are typically constructed from a combination of metal and acrylic and as the name suggests they can be used to replace one or a few missing teeth.
If you are missing all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, full dentures can be used to replace them. Depending on your needs, these can be combined with implants to provide a more secure fit for your teeth.
How to properly care for my dentures?
Just as with natural teeth, dentures are also able to develop plaque and tartar. This can cause stains, bad breath, and gum issues. Cleaning your dentures daily will help prevent plaque from spreading from your dentures to your natural teeth and gums.