A denture is a removable dental device that replaces some or all of your missing teeth. At Simi Hills Dental, we can craft complete or partial dentures to restore your teeth to their former glory.
Types of Dentures
There are two common types of dentures, complete and partial:
Complete dentures are a non-invasive restorative option for edentulous patients. Complete dentures cover your entire upper or lower arch or both. These dentures are fixed in your mouth with the help of suction.
If you are given both upper and lower complete dentures, they should both always be worn together since they are designed as a set that functions together. Mixing an upper denture from one set with a lower denture from another may create problems in biting and chewing.
Complete dentures are also categorized as conventional and immediate dentures.
|| Conventional dentures: Conventional dentures are fitted into your mouth several months after the gums and bones have healed. Because of this, they do not need to be relined and readjusted as frequently as immediate or same-day dentures.
|| Immediate dentures: Immediate dentures are premade a few weeks before all your teeth are removed. They are fitted into the mouth immediately after extraction so that you don’t have to be without teeth even for a single day. However, they need to be relined and readjusted once your gum swelling goes down, which is why they should only be considered as a temporary solution.
Partial dentures, or simply partials, are devices that are used when you are missing several adjacent teeth, but not all your teeth, and the remaining teeth are not strong enough to support a dental bridge. Partial dentures are held in place by clasps that attach to the natural teeth.
Partial teeth are made from various materials like acrylics, a combination of acrylic and metal, or thermoplastic. Partials made from acrylics are usually used when the patient is waiting for their conventional dentures to be crafted.
One of the biggest advantages of partials is that they do not damage the remaining teeth and are also effective in preventing your natural teeth from drifting out of position.
Caring for your Dentures
As the shape of your mouth changes over time and because of wear and tear, your dentures will need to be adjusted, relined, rebased, and even remade from scratch. Changes in the mouth can cause your dentures to loosen, which can make them slip, make chewing and speaking difficult, and irritate your gums. People who wear dentures need to get a checkup at Simi Hills Dental at least once a month to see if the dentures are performing as they should and to check the health of the gums.
Complete and partial dentures need to be taken out during the night and cleaned like your teeth. Plaque can build up beneath the base of dentures and spread to your gums and remaining teeth, causing periodontal diseases and dental caries.
To clean your dentures, rinse them in cool water. Then, take a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive toothpaste to gently scrub the device clean. You can also use a mild detergent or a denture cleaning solution to wash them.
Always clean the metal brackets as well as plaque can accumulate on them. Do not wash it with hot water as that can warp the plastic. While you are washing your dentures, stand over a soft towel so that if they slip from your hand, they do not break. Soak them in a glass of water or a denture-soaking solution overnight. Rinse well before putting them back in your mouth.
Make sure you use a soft-bristled brush or a cloth to clean your gums.
If you notice any cracks in your dentures or they don’t feel comfortable, call us at (805) 317-4999 to schedule an appointment to determine if your dentures need readjusting.