Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be inserted or removed at will. Often made of plastic or porcelain, today’s modern dentures are far more comfortable and natural-looking than dentures in the past.
There are two main types of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures. To find out which sort is the right fit for you, consult your dentist.
Who Needs Dentures?
It is not always obvious when a patient may need dentures. However, there signs that a patient may want to consider dentures. Signs can include:
- Multiple missing teeth, whether due to injury or decay
- Difficulty when eating foods that are hard or chewy
- Severe tooth decay in multiple teeth
Further, dentures may be the ideal choice for patients for whom denture implants are not the best option. American Dental Care serves the communities surrounding Doylestown, Chalfont and New Britain. If you think you may want to look into being fitted for dentures, set up an appointment today with our team of specialists by calling 215-348-4041.
How Are Dentures Fitted & Made?
An impression will be made of the patient’s mouth, after which specialists will use that impression as a template for creating customized dentures in a laboratory. With full dentures, the upper denture will fully cover the roof of your mouth, while the lower denture will fit directly over your teeth to make room for your tongue.
What Kinds of Dentures Should I Get?
There are two different sorts of full dentures, in addition to partial dentures:
- Conventional Full Dentures: With conventional full dentures, all remaining natural teeth are removed from the mouth. After removal, the gums are given a few months to heal. The patient can begin wearing their dentures once the gums are fully recovered.
- Immediate Full Dentures: In contrast to conventional dentures, immediate full dentures can be worn at once after the dentist has removed any remaining natural teeth, without having to wait months for the gums to heal. The downside, however, is that immediate dentures must be relined several months after the initial insertion, because the new dentures often become loose as the bone reshapes during the gum’s healing process.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are made from a metal framework. This framework, which supports the new artificial teeth, is attached to already-existing natural teeth for support. Crowns are sometimes attached to these natural teeth so that they can better serve as an anchor for the metal framework. Partial dentures are often a good option for those who still have many strong, natural teeth, and can be a viable alternative to bridges.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
All dentures experience wear over time, and will therefore need to be remade or relined every so often. At the very least, a yearly checkup with your dentist is strongly recommended. Also keep in mind that the shape and condition of our mouths changes as we age, and such changes often necessitate updating one’s dentures.
How Do I Take Care of My Dentures?
While certainly not all dentures are made alike, here are some things you can expect to hear from your dentist concerning proper denture care:
- Brush your dentures at least daily.
- Remove and soak your dentures overnight in the appropriate solution.
- Wash your mouth after removing dentures.
- Remove and wash dentures after eating.
- Wash dentures thoroughly before reinserting.
If you would like to consider being fitted for dentures, or if you are experiencing pain or discomfort from dentures that you already wear, be sure to make an appointment with our team by calling 215-348-4041. Our 24-hour dentists are here to take care of your needs around the clock. American Dental Care’s trusted team of specialists serves the communities surrounding Doylestown, Chalfont and New Britain.