A denture is an instrument that replaces teeth. You remove it to clean it and it may be replacing all the teeth (full denture) or some of them (partial denture). There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Crown Dental Care will aid you to choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are needed to be replaced and the cost involved.
In full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
Removable dentures are those dentures the wearer can remove and replace at will. These types of dentures can replace one tooth, all your natural teeth, or any missing teeth in between. A crown or a bridge is fixed or cemented in place and cannot be removed.
Some removable dentures are made to be inserted immediately after the removal of a tooth or some teeth. These kinds of removable dentures are commonly termed ‘immediate dentures’. They can be constructed to replace only one tooth or many teeth.
If you currently wear removable dentures of any kind, it is advisable that you have to check them properly. It is recommended if you have any remaining natural teeth you should have these and your dentures consulted every six months or as directed by your dentist. If you have no natural teeth and wear removable full dentures, your dentures should be reviewed at least every two years.
The rapid shrinkage of bone following extractions means the denture will soon need to have the fitting surface relined once that shrinkage has slowed down enough. After a reline, patients report a much better fit. This relining maybe done between three and six months after an immediate denture has been fitted.
A dentist will be happy to see you and make any necessary adjustments free of charge in the begin stages of fitting your denture. The number of visits you will require is related to the nature of the job and your dentist will be the best person to advise you about this before you proceed.
Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits & plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you place your dentures. It stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.