It’s normal to have questions about dentures, whether you wear them already or are considering whether dentures are the right fit for you. The following information will help answer your denture-related questions, like what dentures really are, how you can properly care for your dentures, and why people choose to get dentures.
So… what ARE dentures?
In their simplest form, dentures are artificial teeth. More specifically, they are artificial teeth that are formed to your mouth and made specifically to fit your individual needs.
How many types of dentures are there?
There are many different types of dentures available and each type of denture is used to solve a different set of needs. The most common types of dentures are traditional/full dentures, partial dentures, temporary dentures, snap-in dentures, flexible dentures, and upper dentures.
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Why do people wear dentures?
Everyone wears dentures for a different, unique reason. For people who are missing natural teeth, dentures give them back a confident smile and the ability to eat foods that require chewing. For others, they are required to maintain the structure of their mouths by supporting the structures around the lips and cheeks. In some cases, dentures are used to replace teeth that are causing the patient extreme pain and oral health issues.
Who wears dentures?
There is a common myth that dentures are only for senior citizens.This is NOT true.
Today, dentures can benefit many different people: sports players who are missing teeth, victims of vehicle accidents, people with genetic disorders or poor oral hygiene, and people who suffer from painful oral health issues like rotted roots.
What materials are used to make dentures?
The teeth on dentures are made from a hard resin, while the supporting structure is made of a more flexible polymer material that fits snugly against your natural gum line. While dentures are made to withstand everyday activities, they are unfortunately not as durable as natural teeth. It is common for dentures to chip or crack, so it is recommended that you replace your dentures every 5 years or so, depending on regular use.
How do I properly clean my dentures?
Just like natural teeth, bacteria, plaque, and tartar build up on dentures and can hurt your oral and physical health unless cleaned regularly. You can do this by removing your dentures (if possible) and brush them with a very soft toothbrush and gentle denture cleaner to dislodge any food particles that may be stuck between the teeth. Rinse your dentures very well before returning them to your mouth.
Be careful not to use a stiff-bristled toothbrush, electric brush, or regular toothpaste, as all these things are too abrasive and can wear away at the denture material.
Can I sleep with my dentures in?
While some forms of dentures are permanent and do not need to be removed, we recommend not sleeping with your removable dentures in your mouth. Sleeping with your dentures in can damage or dislodge them, while removing your dentures will give your gums a chance to relax.
While you sleep, it is a good idea to let your dentures soak in warm water or a denture solution from your denturist that will prevent your dentures from becoming dry and disformed. Always consult your denturist before using a new denture cleaning solution as some solutions can tarnish the metal in certain types of dentures.
What if I have more questions?
It’s natural to have questions about dentures, especially if you are considering them for yourself or a loved one. Everybody has a unique oral situation that requires a unique solution and consulting a denturist will give you some piece of mind.
If you want to speak to a skilled and reliable denturist, then call Olds Denture & Implant Centre today to talk with Dr. Michael Galye at (403) 791-3303. Mike and his knowledgeable team are always ready to answer your denture and oral health-related questions.