What are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth that are custom made to a patient’s mouth to replace missing teeth. There are a few types of dentures such as full, partial, immediate and implant supported dentures.
Partial dentures are often preferred over other tooth replacement options when one or two teeth are missing or if the surrounding teeth are not able to support dental structures such as bridges. Partial dentures are made to perfectly fit the designated gum line and fasten to neighboring natural teeth to stay in place. Partial dentures are removable and can be taken out to clean and while you sleep.
Complete dentures are ideal for patients who are missing all of their top or bottom teeth. Similar to partial dentures, they are easy to remove to clean after use or while sleeping.
Similar to the complete denture, an immediate denture is made ahead of time before getting your teeth extracted. You will have your immediate denture as soon as your teeth are removed instead of having to wait for one to be fabricated.
These types of dentures are held in place by implants to make it look and feel like natural teeth. Implant supported dentures can be used on both the upper and lower jaw. No worry of slippage or dentures “falling out”.
Cleaning Your Dentures
How to Clean Dentures
Regardless of the type of dentures you have, all dentures must be cared for in a specific way. Dentures need to be cleaned daily. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can still build up on the denture and harm the existing teeth and gums surrounding them.
You can clean your dentures by taking them out of your mouth, running water over them, then using a denture brush or a very soft toothbrush thoroughly brush the dentures. You can use mild soap or denture cleaner to sufficiently clean them. Avoid using unspecific cleaners, toothpaste, or electric toothbrushes to clean your dentures as they are rough and can damage the dentures.