Dentures

Dentures

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances that are used as a replacement for missing teeth and tissues. They are artificial teeth that enable the normal functioning of the human mouth. Dentures are of two types – Complete & Partial.

Complete dentures are advised when all the teeth are missing, and partial dentures are applied when some natural teeth are missing. They are custom made especially for a set of teeth and gum line.
Complete Dentures fit over the upper teeth and roof and on the lower teeth placed like a horseshoe. They are conventional dentures and are removed during the night for cleaning.

Partial Dentures consist of replaced missing teeth attached to artificial gum connected by a metal framework which helps to hold the denture in place. Missing teeth can change the position of other teeth hence partial denture help to overcome this problem and keep the teeth intact.

Dentures Procedure

Step 1

The doctor will first take the impressions of your jaw to analyze how well they relate to one another and whether they have spaces in between them.

Step 2

A wax model is then prepared to check the fitting.

Step 3

Final Denture is made with the wax model.

Step 4

The patient is made to try the final set of dentures and if necessary adjustments will be made.

How to take care of the Dentures?

Since these are artificial and removable, therefore, it becomes extremely important to handle them with care. If you want your dentures to have a longer life, the following tips should be taken into consideration:

Keep Your Dentures Clean

Always ensure that your dentures are clean for this you need to brush your dentures with a non-abrasive brush at least once a day. Though they are artificial, yet plaque and bacteria can build up on the teeth causing damage to other teeth and gums. If possible remove your dentures after every meal and wash it with warm water but if you have complete dentures, then mere brushing would do.

Overnight Protection

Soak your dentures at night in water or in the denture solution as prescribed by your dentist. So that your dentures do not weaken avoid chlorine with it. While putting dentures on in the morning make sure you rinse them with clean water as this will help to remove the chemicals if any during the soaking process.

Keep A Look At Your Dentures

Monitor your dentures time to time and visit your dentist if your dentures loosen, slip or you come across a change in the bite. Having ill-fitting dentures can cause infections and irritations.