If you are in need of dentures, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. There is a lot of information out there about dentures, and it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why Dentalcare of Forrestfield has put together this comprehensive guide to dentures. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know, from what dentures are to how to care for them. We will also answer some common questions that patients have about dentures. So, if you are considering getting these prosthetic appliances or you already have them and have some questions, read on!
What are Dentures?
Dentures are a type of dental appliance used to replace missing teeth. They can be partial or full dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. Dentures are often made of a plastic or acrylic base, which is fitted over the gums. The base of the denture is then fitted with artificial teeth made of materials such as porcelain, plastic, or metal.
Who Should Wear Dentures?
Dentures are not just for the elderly. If you have lost most or all of your teeth due to accidents or dental diseases, you will need to wear dentures. Dentures are made to look like your real teeth and gums. They are custom-made to fit your mouth and give you the ability to eat and speak normally.
- Patients with a misaligned bite.
A misaligned bite occurs when your top and bottom teeth do not line up correctly. This can cause problems with eating and speaking.
- Patients who have lost most of their teeth.
Wearing dentures will help support the facial muscles and prevent bone loss and the sunken-in look that can occur when teeth are missing.
- Patients with tooth decay or gum disease.
Tooth decay is the result of plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. This can cause your teeth to become weak and eventually fall out. Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can also lead to tooth loss.
- Patients with a cleft palate.
If you have a cleft palate, you may be an ideal candidate for dentures. A cleft palate is a birth defect that causes the roof of the mouth to be split into two parts, making it difficult to eat and speak. Dentures can help you eat and speak normally.
Dentures can also be used to correct a number of different oral health issues, such as misshapen teeth, crooked teeth, and gaps in your teeth. If you are unhappy with your smile, then dentures may be the right choice for you!
What are the Different Types of Dentures?
- Full Dentures –
The first type of denture is the full denture. This type of denture replaces all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures are held in place by suction and natural pressure from the muscles in your mouth or through oral adhesives. They can be removed for cleaning and should be replaced every five to seven years.
One advantage of full dentures is that they are less expensive than other types of dental prosthetics. They are also relatively easy to keep clean. However, full dentures can be uncomfortable and may cause gum irritation.
- Partial Dentures –
The second type of denture is the partial denture. These are a great alternative to implants since they are used when some natural teeth remain in the jaw. They consist of a metal framework with false teeth attached. The framework is held in place by metal clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures can be removed for cleaning and should be replaced every five to seven years.
Partial dentures have some advantages over full dentures. They are more comfortable and stable, and they do not cause as much gum irritation. However, partial dentures can be more difficult to keep clean.
- Implant-Supported Dentures –
The third type of denture is the implant-supported denture. This type of denture is attached to dental implants, which are metal posts that are surgically implanted in the jawbone. Implant-supported dentures are more expensive than other types of dentures, but they are also more comfortable and stable.
- Full Dentures –
No matter which type of denture you choose, it is important to see a dentist regularly to make sure that your dentures are fitting properly and that your mouth is healthy. Dentures can be a great way to improve your smile and your oral health.
What are the Benefits of Wearing Dentures?
Restore your smile.
Wearing dentures can improve your appearance by giving you a full, natural-looking smile. If you are self-conscious about your missing teeth, dentures can help you feel more confident in your appearance. Additionally, dentures can prevent your facial muscles from sagging, which can make you look older.
Improve your dental health.
Dentures can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay by providing a barrier between your teeth and food particles. Additionally, dentures can help to keep your jawbone healthy and strong.
Boost your quality of life.
Finally, wearing dentures can enhance your quality of life and improve your self-esteem. Dentures can help you to eat more comfortably and to speak more clearly. Additionally, dentures can help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle by allowing you to eat a variety of foods that you may not be able to eat with missing teeth.
How are Dentures Fitted Properly?
When you first get your dentures, it is important to have them fitted by a dental professional. Dentists use a special type of wax to make sure that the dentures fit snugly against your gums. They will also make sure that the teeth are in the correct position. Once the dentures are in place, they should be checked periodically to make sure that they still fit correctly.
If you notice that your dentures are starting to feel loose, it is important to have them relined. Relining is a process of remaking the fit of the denture so that it better conforms to the gums. This process involves taking an impression of your mouth and then making a new set of dentures that fit the new impression. This is often necessary because the gums shrink over time, which can change the fit of the appliance. Dentists typically recommend getting dentures relined every two years.
Checking the fit of dentures is also important, as a loose-fitting denture can cause pain and irritation. Here are some ways to check the fit of your dentures:
- Try chewing on some soft food.
If the dentures move around or come loose, they do not fit properly.
- Take a look at your dentures in the mirror.
They should sit snugly against your gums, and there should be no gaps. If you see any gaps, your dentures need to be relined.
- Run your tongue along the inside of your dentures.
If you feel any sharp edges or rough spots, the dentures need to be adjusted.
- Try chewing on some soft food.
Wearing ill-fitting dentures can cause a lot of discomforts and may even lead to mouth sores. With proper care and maintenance, your dentures should last you for many years to come.
How Do You Take Care of Dentures?
While dentures can take some getting used to, they offer a great way to regain your smile and eat all of your favourite foods again. However, dentures require a bit of maintenance in order to stay in good condition. We share a few handy tips below:
- Improve dental habits:
Brush your dentures at least once a day with a soft toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. It is important to brush all surfaces of the dentures, including the teeth, gums, and any ridges or other areas where food can collect.
- Use special cleaning kits:
Avoid using regular toothpaste or electric toothbrushes, as these can damage and wear away denture materials. Consider buying denture cleaning kits or a soft denture brush to keep your dentures clean and in good condition.
- Clean your dentures after every meal:
Rinse your dentures with clean water after eating to remove food debris and plaque.
- Soak your dentures every night:
Soak your dentures overnight in a mild denture cleaner to remove any plaque or bacteria that may have accumulated during the day. Doing so will also keep them clean and fresh. Be sure to follow the instructions on the cleanser packaging to avoid damaging your dentures.
- Schedule regular dental visits:
It is also important to see your dentist regularly for dental checkups and professional cleanings. Your dentist can check for any signs of wear and tear, and they can also make sure that your dentures fit properly. Getting regular cleanings will help to keep your dentures looking brand new.
During these appointments, your dentist will examine your dentures and make any necessary repairs or adjustments. They can also give you additional tips on how to care for your dentures and keep them in good condition.
Custom dentures are a great way to restore your smile after tooth loss. With proper care, they can last for many years. If you have any concerns about your dentures or would like to know how you can benefit from one, schedule an initial consultation with Dentalcare of Forrestfield today! Our dental team will answer any of your questions or concerns and help you make an informed decision. Contact us today at 08 9453 2326 or book an appointment online.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dentures usually last for five to seven years and can last much longer with proper care. However, they may eventually need replacement due to wear and tear. Additionally, the fit of your dentures may change over time as your mouth changes shape. Be sure to see your dentist or prosthodontist regularly to ensure that your dentures still fit well and to check for signs of damage or any other problems.
Dentures are typically made from a plastic base or resin material and artificial teeth. The base is designed to fit snugly over your gums, while the teeth are made to look natural and match the colour of your existing teeth.
Dentures can also be made out of porcelain. Porcelain is a more durable material that can be used for both partial and full dentures. It is also possible to get dentures made out of metal, but this is less common.
Your dentist or prosthodontist will help you choose the right material for your needs based on factors such as cost, durability, and appearance.
Cost is always a factor to consider when making any major purchase, and dentures are no different. The cost of dentures will vary depending on the type of material used, as well as the amount of work involved in creating them. In general, however, dentures can range in cost from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Be sure to discuss all pricing options with your dentist or prosthodontist before making a final decision.
Dentures should not be worn while sleeping. This is because they can become loose and fall out, which can lead to injury. Additionally, sleeping in dentures can also cause irritation to the gums and other tissues in the mouth. If you must wear your dentures while sleeping, be sure to remove them before going to bed and brush your gums thoroughly.
Dr. Bhumit Shah, Principal Dentist
Dr. Bhumit Shah graduated from dental school in 2007 and has been providing quality dental care ever since. His patients describe him as a kind, attentive, and efficient dentist who always puts their needs first.
Providing safe, modern dental care is Dr. Bhumit's passion. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, he has a special interest in surgical dentistry. He uses minimally invasive dentistry to prevent serious dental diseases.