When you lose a tooth, a lot of problems may occur. You start to notice you’re not as confident as you were with complete teeth set up and you have a little trouble speaking or chewing food. If this happens to you, call your dentist right away and get brand new dentures to replace your missing teeth.
What are dentures?
Dentures are appliances that are custom made to replace a person’s missing teeth and restore the appearance and oral functions that were lost.
The denture can be either a full denture or a partial denture.
Complete Dentures -Complete dentures are made of a plastic base that is colored in order to replicate gum tissue and supports a full set of plastic or porcelain teeth. The traditional full denture is held in the mouth by forming a seal with the gums. They can also be held in place by attaching to dental implants that are surgically placed in the bone of the jaws.
Partial Dentures -Partial dentures can either be made with a plastic base or a metal framework that supports the number of teeth that need to be replaced. It is held in the mouth by using clasps and rests that are carefully adapted around the natural teeth. The partial denture that uses a metal framework is the traditional design, due to the rigidity and strength of the metal. Plastic partial dentures have normally been used as emergency or temporary replacements of missing teeth, allowing the gums and bone to heal before a definitive restorative solution is obtained.
Remember that even with dentures, there is still a need to continue keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft brush. This removes plaque and helps the blood circulation in your mouth. If you wear partial dentures, it is even more important that you brush your teeth thoroughly every day. This will help stop tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to you losing more of your teeth. Your dentist may refer you to the hygienist to have your remaining natural teeth cleaned regularly.