There is an array of reasons that cause people to lose their teeth. Ailments such as gum disease, tooth decay, or direct injury to the mouth can cause teeth to dislodge from the mouth. For people who have lost their original teeth, dentures serve a much-needed function. They help to improve appearance and the way people eat or speak.
Dentures are a set of artificial gums and teeth that are created to fit the shape and form of your mouth. One of the purposes of dentures is to create a very natural appearance. Hence, the artificial teeth are designed to match the natural color and shape of your teeth. Most importantly, they allow you to chew food and speak the way you would with regular teeth.
Dentures serve a significant function. This task is to maintain adequate support of the mouth, which can become weak after losing several teeth. Dentures are also ideal for replacing infected teeth and providing enough support in the mouth for the proper consumption of foods.
Depending on how extensive the damage is to the mouth, or the range of teeth missing, partial or full dentures are needed. Partial dentures are typically used when two or more teeth are missing. It is often chosen when neighboring teeth are not strong enough to support bridges and other dental structures.
Full dentures completely replace all natural teeth in the mouth. An adhesive or oral suction is typically used to hold them in place. Both partial and full dentures are detachable.
Presently, dentures are made of hard resin, and the teeth are comprised of different types of resin and porcelain. Unlike natural teeth, denture teeth are more susceptible to wear and tear as well as cracks and chips. For this reason, they are generally replaced every 4 to 5 years. Dentures must be cared for appropriately to preserve longevity.
Although artificial, dentures still require the same care and attention as natural teeth. If not cleaned suitably, the plaque and bacteria collected on the denture teeth can begin attacking natural teeth and gums.
It is required that dentures are taken out of the mouth daily to be cleaned. Your set is to be rinsed with clean water to flush away particles of food. Additionally, a denture brush and an appropriate denture cleanser can be used to brush away unwanted plaque. Once cleaned, the denture should be rinsed well.
These actions should be performed before heading to bed. This will help to preserve the quality of the denture. Also, placing them in warm water or denture solution while you sleep will keep them moist and limit any deformities.
If you have been considering dentures, we can help you find the right option that fits your lifestyle. If you have further questions about dentures and their benefits, we encourage you to contact our team at Premier Dental. Dr. Caye will consult with you on the best options and offer a personalized solution.
Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and tooth replacement options in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your family’s schedule. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.