People with gaps between their teeth find it hard to smile, which hurts their confidence. But missing teeth can damage your dental health in other ways as well.
Did you know that if there are spaces between your teeth, they can get weaker? When you lose a tooth, the alveolar bone is exposed. If you don’t replace it, the alveolar bone will weaken.
To keep your teeth healthy, you must replace any missing teeth. Dentures are one way to replace missing teeth.
What are Dentures?
Dentures replace missing or lost teeth so people can eat well and smile confidently. Dentures are either made of acrylic (a type of plastic) or metal.
A “complete” or “full” denture replaces all-natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw. A “partial” denture fills in the spaces where teeth have been lost or pulled. It can be held in place by metal clasps or “precision attachments” on your natural teeth.
What are the types of Dentures?
1. Conventional Dentures
After removing your teeth, complete dentures will fit your mouth perfectly. Most of the time, complete dentures aren’t made and put in until 8–12 weeks after a tooth is pulled and all the tissues have healed. After the healing process, the dentist will start the fitting process by taking several measurements and impressions.
2. Immediate Full Denture
Same-day dentures, also called “immediate dentures,” are another option. They are worn right after a tooth is pulled. If you’re a good candidate, your dentist will measure you and make an impression during visits before the extraction. Immediate dentures are great because they eliminate the time needed to go without teeth after getting their teeth pulled. They can help the gums and tissues heal faster.
3. Partial Denture
Partial dentures may be the best way to replace them. Partial dentures differ from dental bridges because they can be removed and put back in. Partially false teeth are made of metal and acrylic and attached to the natural teeth.
How to Smile Better with Dentures?
Are you missing teeth and looking for ways to make your smile look whole again? Modern dentures are a great way to improve the look of your smile and your oral health.
1. A more youthful look
Dentures help keep your face’s shape and your cheeks and lips from looking hollow. In addition to keeping your face full, they give you a complete smile that looks natural. Dentures can fill in the spaces left by missing teeth and give you the broad smile you want.
2. Easy to talk and eat
It can be hard to talk and eat if you are missing teeth. With good dentures, you won’t have trouble speaking and won’t have to worry about speech problems. You will also be able to eat your favorite foods without worrying that your dentures will move or come loose.
3. Easy to Keep Up
Dentures are very easy to take care of, and we suggest taking them out and brushing them every day, as well as soaking them overnight. With these three tips, you can keep your dentures in great shape for a long time.
4. Make your teeth healthier.
Having missing teeth can lead to several problems with your oral health. You may be less likely to get gum disease or other dental issues if you wear dentures. Many people who have lost teeth choose dentures that are held in place by implants to keep their jawbone from shrinking.
5. Boost your self-esteem
Losing teeth can make you feel less good about yourself. On the other hand, dentures that look natural can help you get back a smile you love and are proud to show off. You shouldn’t have to settle for a smile you’re not sure about.
How to care for dentures?
If you drop your false teeth, they might break. If you drop your dentures, you should always clean them over a bowl of water or a folded towel.
The general rule for cleaning your dentures is to brush and soak them daily. First, brush your dentures to get rid of any food particles. Use a denture cleaner that won’t scratch your teeth, not toothpaste. Be careful not to scrub too hard, or the surface may get grooves.
Make sure to brush all the dentures, including the part against your gums. Brushing is essential if you use any kind of glue to hold your dentures in place.
Soak your dentures in a cleaning solution for dentures every day. Soaking dentures will help get rid of any plaque or stains that are still there. It will also help clean your dentures, making them feel better. Always do what the maker tells you to do. Don’t leave your dentures in overnight unless there are good reasons to do so.
How often should I visit the dentist if I have dentures?
For healthy teeth and gums, it’s essential to see your dentist regularly and have your teeth cleaned by a professional. When you go to the dentist regularly, they can check the soft parts of your mouth, like your tongue and cheeks. These exams are essential, so the dentist and their team can catch any infections, mouth problems, or even mouth cancer as soon as possible.
If you have a complete set of false teeth, ask your dentist how often you should see them. You can be one of the millions of people who wear their dentures with a smile if you take care of them regularly, keep a positive attitude, and keep trying.
Even though the benefits listed above aren’t unique to dentures, it’s worth noting that dentures are one of the most affordable ways to replace missing teeth. This is especially true compared to dental implants, which are very expensive. But the main benefit of dentures is fully functional teeth that look and feel like natural teeth.
So, if you’re missing more than a few teeth and want to enjoy the benefits of having a complete smile and teeth, visit your Arlington dentist today to learn more about dentures and how they can help you.