Dentures are removable dental appliances made to replace missing teeth. They are made from lightweight materials and are designed to look as natural as possible.
Dentures can be used to replace one or multiple missing teeth. They are designed to rest on the gums, which provides support to the cheeks and lips. This helps prevent sagging and sunken cheeks. They are also designed to prevent bone loss in the jaw, which would otherwise occur over time without a dental appliance in place. Dentures are generally made of acrylic resin, although porcelain and metal options are also available.
Benefits of Dentures
- Dentures are an affordable tooth replacement option
- Dentures are removable for easy cleaning
- Dentures can improve speech
- Dentures can improve chewing
- Dentures can improve aesthetics
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures: full and partial. A full denture replaces all of the teeth on the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting.
Partial dentures are prosthetics that replace a few missing teeth. They are removable and made of acrylic. Patients who get partial dentures often need their remaining teeth to be adjusted to accommodate their partial dentures.
Partial dentures are a great opportunity for patients who want to replace a few missing teeth but do not want all their teeth to be removed. Patients use partial dentures to bridge the gap caused by missing teeth.
A complete denture is used to replace all of the missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Full dentures are removable and can be removed from your mouth for cleaning.
Immediate dentures are temporary types of dentures that you wear immediately after your teeth are extracted. As the name suggests, you have them right after the teeth are extracted.
Immediate dentures are usually made out of acrylic, sometimes with denture teeth. They are meant to be a temporary solution until the gums heal, at which time they can be replaced with permanent dentures. Immediate dentures don’t usually fit as well as permanent dentures.
Immediate dentures allow patients to leave the dentist’s office with teeth and can avoid some of the embarrassment of missing teeth. However, immediate dentures are not a long-term solution, and patients often need permanent dentures.
To keep your dentures clean, you should rinse them after every meal, if possible. Then brush your dentures gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive denture paste, either store-bought or homemade. You can clean your dentures using denture cleansers, which are designed to remove stains and plaque from dentures. However, avoid toothpaste, as too strong a formula could damage dentures.
Get in touch with Boutique Dental at 68-35 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385, or call Dentist in Queens, NY at (718) 821-0170 to learn more about the benefits of dentures.