Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into the mouth. They are a great and a rather affordable solution for people who have lost their teeth. Normally, in the beginning, the inserting and the removing of the denture is a bit awkward, but as weeks pass by you will get absolutely accustomed to the whole process. There are two main types of removable dentures: full and partial, so with the help of your dentist you should be able to choose the one that suits your needs the most. Today we’ll concentrate on the removable partial denture that usually consists of a tooth replacement attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. A partial denture can have a metal framework or other connectors that are more natural looking.
Once you have your removable partial denture, it’s really important to take proper care of it because it can easily get damaged and will need to be replaced with a new one. Normally, removable dentures need to be remade and relined over a period of time. For some people, this is usually done in a few years, for others only one time – it basically all depends on the hygiene and the age of the patient. While we can’t do anything about aging, we certainly can do a lot about our hygiene. When you have dentures it’s really important to use a brush that is specially designed for cleaning dentures. These unique brushes have bristles that are arranged to fit the shape of the denture and can clean all the sides of the tooth without damaging it.
The denture can lose its shape if it’s not kept moist, so during the night it should be placed in water or in a cleaning solution. But keep in mind, if your denture has metal attachments, do not put them in a denture cleaning solution as they could get damaged. Another thing that could really damage not just your denture but your overall oral health as well, is if you try to adjust or repair the denture by yourself. Don’t ever do that. If you have any problems, consult your dentist as otherwise you could irritate your gum line which might lead to painful infections.
When having removable dentures, you should pay more regular visits to your dentist’s office than usually. This is so because he needs to examine the changes in your mouth, see if your dentures need readjustments and walk you through the steps you need to take in order to keep them in a good condition for as long as possible. Your oral health is your wealth, so make sure to take good care of it.