What are dentures and how to take care of them?
What are dentures and how to take care of them? (Have a read of, why-have-dentures if this is something you are considering)
What are dentures?
Dentures are essentially a replacement of false teeth due to many factors such as tooth loss.
The purpose of dentures is to replace any missing teeth and to make sure they fit and sit on the gums nicely. As well as to eliminate any potential problems caused by the gaps.
If you don’t have a replacement tooth, your gums will become infected and could potentially cause tooth decay to your remaining teeth. Furthermore, if you have gaps and don’t get anything done, eating and speech will become a slight problem.
In addition, your teeth do shift and can move at an angle where the tooth or teeth that are missing in the gap.
What are the different types of dentures?
Complete dentures are basically a full set of teeth, generally, these are for people who have had complete tooth loss and have no teeth and takes up the whole mouth.
They are removable and most commonly made from acrylic.
Partial dentures are exactly that, a partial part of a denture; 1-2 teeth and generally fits in the gaps between your natural teeth.
What type of materials can dentures be made from?
Acrylic (plastic) dentures are made with a plastic-type material and with this type of material it’s easily moldable.
Commonly used for full dentures and sometimes partial dentures.
Nylon dentures are an alternative type of denture and a flexible type of material.
Mostly used for partial dentures.
Due to the material type, nylon being flexible and water solvent so essentially this is a brilliant alternative, and that this type of material does not release allergens.
Metal dentures are usually smaller than plastic dentures and have clasps to attach to natural teeth.
Most likely constructed with titanium or cobolt/chrome metal.
Chrome metal is a stronger metal with high resistance to erosion. And commonly used for partial dentures.
What denture you have, will all depend on what the dental clinical technician recommends for you.
How to clean and take care of Dentures?
Well, it is an easy step-by-step process if followed correctly!
Are you cleaning your dentures correctly?
Most people are not! – If the dentures are damaged during the cleaning process it is very likely that they will become stained and are much more likely to fracture.
However, this is usually due to the overuse of bleaching agents, which are found in most denture cleaning products.
So here at Smiles, we go to great lengths making sure that our customers are cleaning their new dentures in the best possible way, to make sure that they last a long time and stay healthy to use.
You too can take advantage of this cleaning regime by following our simple 3 step rule; brushing twice a day, disinfecting twice a week, and de-scaling twice a month.
It is that simple! Have a read of cleaning-dentures for more information.
Check out this blog to find out how to get used to new dentures: top-tips-help-get-used-new-dentures
What about the products that help dentures stay in?
There are many products available on the market, but the best thing to do is to speak with your Clinical dental technician, they will be able to see why your dentures are not fitting properly, and make recommendations that best suit you.
At Smiles, we are here to help you with your best dental care plans.
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