New to Dentures?

Dentures a replacement of missing teeth, either natural or artificial, ordinarily used to designate an artificial replacement for the original teeth and adjacent tissues. Also known as false teeth, are prosthesis devices produced to take the place of missing teeth. They are surrounded by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity that gives them the required support. They are removable appliances that can be used as a replacement for your missing teeth and helps in the restoration of your smile. When you lose all your natural teeth, whether from diseases that affects your gum, decaying of the tooth or injury, using dentures to replace your teeth will help enhance your appearance and your state of health. This is because with dentures talking and eating is made easy. Dentures fit snugly over the gums to act as a replacement to teeth that are missing thereby eliminating problems that are caused by gaps. These gaps left by missing teeth can be a source of catastrophe when eating and talking and teeth that are close to the gap grow into the space left by the missing teeth at a certain angle. This could lead to removing and replacing the entire teeth. Your facial muscles can sag when you lose your older teeth. Dentures can be made to be similar to your natural teeth so it doesn’t change your appearance much. In some case, dentures improve the way you look when you smile. The two types of dentures include Complete and immediate dentures.

Complete Dentures

It can be either conventional or immediate. They are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. It is divided into two namely; conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures can be fully removed and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth have been removed and its tissues have healed. The healing process which takes sometimes can be eight to twelve weeks after the teeth’s removal. Unlike conventional dentures, the immediate denture is placed in the mouth on the same day the teeth remaining are removed. The immediate denture is made in advance and can be put in place immediately the teeth are removed. During your preliminary visits, your dentist takes measurements and makes models that will fit your jaw. You’re not going to be without teeth during the healing period. However, your bones and gums shrink as time goes on especially during the healing process of the teeth. The disadvantage of an immediate denture over a conventional denture is the requirement of more adjustments so as to fit very well during the healing process and generally should be seen as a short-term solution until conventional denture is made.

Partial Denture

A removable partial denture also is known as bridge usually is made up of replacement teeth that are attached to a pink or um-coloured base, which is usually connected by metal framework that keeps the denture in place inside the mouth. They are used when one or more natural teeth is remaining in the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture not only fill in the spaces created by the missing teeth, it doesn’t allow the other teeth to change their position.

An alternative to dentures is dental implants which can be used to provide support to cemented bridges, thereby eliminating the need for a denture. It is usually more expensive but it has a striking resemble with the human teeth. The first you start using dentures they may feel weird until you become acquainted with it. During this period they can be little irritation and soreness, temporarily saliva flow increases. But these symptoms disappear once your mouth gets acquainted with dentures.

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Top 5 Cleaning Habits for your Dentures

The top five cleaning for your dentures includes

1. Before brushing rinse your dentures so as to remove any loose food or debris

2. To avoid the scratching of the dentures use a soft bristle and a non-abrasive cleaner to gently brush all the surfaces.

3. Clean your mouth, your gums, cheeks, the root of your mouth and tongue thoroughly when brushing to remove any plaque. This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breathe.

4. Soak your dentures in water when you’re not wearing them so they can retain their moisture in order to retain and maintain their shape.

5. Ensure you use appropriate cleansers and adhesives.

Top 5 Eating Habits when using dentures

The top five eating habits to maintain when using dentures are

1. To get acquainted with the new dentures start with foods that are soft which are cut into small pieces.

2. When eating chew slowly using both sides of your mouth.

3. As you get used to new dentures add other food until you return to a normal diet.

4. Be mindful of eating hot or hard foods, sharp-edged bones or shells and avoid foods that are sticky and hard.

5. Avoid chewing gum while wearing dentures.

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