Millions of people worldwide wear dentures and with today’s technology they look and feel better than ever before. Dentures come in different forms, from full dentures to partial dentures to immediate and over-dentures. They are made with materials such as plastic and metal. Dentures are used when there are teeth missing- this can be for one tooth or for the replacement of many teeth.

Types of Dentures

A full denture is for all the natural teeth are missing; it can be for the upper or lower jawdenture1

A partial denture: replaces the space left by a few missing teeth, it uses claps that wrap around the pre-existing teeth to hold it in place. It can be made out of full plastic or it can have a (chrome) metal frame with plastic sections.

An immediate denture is placed into the mouth straight after teeth have been extracted- this means that you avoid having a space was the tooth was taken out.

An over denture is a denture that fits on top of remaining teeth or over roots that are still present in the gums, or they can be attached to dental implants.

Day to Day with Dentures

Just like natural teeth dentures need to be cleaned, the best way is to remove them daily and clean them with running water and a soft brush. If you have a partial denture it is vitally important to remove it and clean it as well as the teeth that hold the denture in place.

dentures-1When cleaning your denture it’s important not to use abrasives, detergents, bleach, hot or boiling water (as this will warp the denture).

Eating with dentures takes time- you will need to cut your food into small pieces. Until you get use to sensing temperature of hot food you will have to be cautious. Avoid sticky foods such as toffee and avoid hard food like nuts as these may get under your denture and make it uncomfortable

It's important to ensure the care of your dentures as they can be damaged easily if dropped, make sure when you are cleaning them that you have them over a towel in the basin when cleaning in case they slip. Never use super glue to repair your denture. Call your dentist or prosthetist to arrange an appointment to have them repaired immediately.

Check-ups are still important to those patients who have dentures as your dentist will examine your mouth and your soft tissue to ensure your denture fits well.old-couple-4

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