Dentures

 
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Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth. Depending on each individual case, you may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. Partial dentures are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed and which will remain. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, but once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can be used to further stabilize the dentures.
 
 

How long do dentures last?

Throughout your lifetime, your dentures will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to wear that occurs each day. Relining or rebasing is the process of reshaping the denture to make sure it is comfortable and functional for your needs. As you age, your mouth naturally changes and reshapes which may cause your dentures to loosen. Loose dentures may irritate your gums and wiggle when you are chewing. This is why it's so important to see your dentist for your recommended checkups when you have dentures!
 

Tips to care for your dentures

  • Brush your dentures twice a day to remove food, plaque and bacteria from the surface of them. This will also help prevent them from staining.
  • When cleaning your dentures, stand over a full sink of water or a towel to prevent dentures from breaking if dropped.
  • Brush your gums, roof of your mouth and tongue to prevent any bacteria from building up in your mouth. Fungal infections are common with denture wearers due to not keeping the mouth clean.
  • Always keep the dentures in a soaking solution or plain water. If the dentures dry out or hot water is used, they can warp and change shape.
  • See your dentist on your recommended recall to make sure your dentures don't break, chip, crack, become loose or cause irritations.