are two types of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures
replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower part of the mouth. Partial
dentures can replace several teeth, but not all of the teeth in an arch. Complete
dentures are held in place through suction, or the close adaptation of the denture
base to the surface area of your tissues. Partial dentures are held in place
by metal clasps which wrap around remaining teeth..
Your new dentures
to recent innovations in modern technology dentures
now look more natural and feel more comfortable
than ever before. However, It's important to
remember that even the best dentures will feel
a little uncomfortable in the beginning. It can
take several visits to the dentist in order to
properly fit a denture. Anything new or foreign
to the mouth takes getting used to - that goes
for fixed appliances too! (implants, crowns,
bridges, even fillings). Dentures always take
a little practice and patience getting use to.
You might want to practice talking by reading
out loud to yourself - it just takes a few days
of practice and you'll be back to normal. Chewing
will definitely seem strange at first; try starting
off with soft foods cut into smaller pieces.
significant disadvantages of dentures lies in the
resorption of underlying bone. Depending on the
condition and anatomy of your mouth, other alternatives
may be available besides dentures. Implants in
conjunction with fixed bridges are often very successful
in replacing missing teeth. Under normal chewing
conditions, the roots of teeth apply stress to
the underlying bone which maintains it and prevents
it from atrophy. While implants deliver similar
stresses and maintain bone, dentures do not.
like your normal teeth, dentures collect plaque
and tartar. You can brush your dentures with
ordinary facial soap. Never use toothpaste
- it's too abrasive.
a soft nylon toothbrush or other recommended
denture brush. Brushes with stiff, coarse bristles
can cause excessive wear to denture materials
and introduce scratches which will make your
denture more susceptible to collecting debris,
plaque and stain. Use a separate brush for
cleaning any natural teeth you have. Also,
make sure you clean all areas of your denture.
using a soft brush on your gums to remove any
plaque that may have accumulated. If a toothbrush
is too irritating, a piece of wet gauze will
do just as well. The massaging action helps
increase circulation, improving the health
of your gums. It's a good idea to massage your
gums by placing the thumb and index finger
over the ridge and use a "press-and-release" stroke.
Any sore red areas, burning sensations, white
patches or growths need to be brought to the
attention of your dental office.
cleaning your dentures be sure to fill the
sink halfway with water, if they fall into
the basin without water they will crack. There
are special brushes available for dentures
ask your dentist or check your pharmacy.
not to let your denture dry out; this might
cause its shape to distort.
try to sterilize your dentures in hot water;
they will warp.
brushing your denture, don't hold it too firmly
as this may fracture it
scrape your denture with sharp instruments
in an attempt to remove hard deposits. Instead,
take it to your dental office to have them
- • When
you're not wearing your dentures, keep them
in water or denture solution. They need to
be kept in a wet environment in order to maintain
proper fit and prevent distortion.
leave your dentures in a place accessible to
small kids or pets.
your dentures apply constant pressure to the
tissues of your mouth; taking them out at night
gives your mouth a chance to recover. Prior
to going to bed, remove your dentures and place
them in a container of denture cleaning solution
or water. Preferably, you should soak your
denture in a solvent (such as Efferdent, Polident)
or a detergent with a chemical action that
removes or loosens light stains and deposits.
After soaking, thoroughly remove all cleanser
by light brushing your denture under cold running
water. Occasionally, diluted bleach may be
used if the denture doesn't have any metal
portions or clasps. Please note that bleach
will corrode metal. Most commercial brands
of cleaners are identical. If you keep your
dentures in over night, red and irritated gums
may result. It may also increase the rate of
bone resorption, which will lead to loose-fitting
- If you're
unable to take them out at night they should
be soaked for at least 30 minutes daily. Soaking
your dentures aids in removing stains and preventing
the accumulation of bacteria which can cause
oral infections and odors.
dental office may provide ultrasonic cleaning
to remove heavy stains and calculus (tartar)
buildup. The most effective way to keep your
dentures clean is by daily brushing, in combination
with soaking in a chemical solution.