Missing teeth can cause you to feel embarrassed and insecure about your smile. Thankfully, dentures can give you back your beautiful smile and also help with other things like eating and speaking. If you’re missing many or all of your teeth, dentures may be the best option for you.
Reasons for Getting a Denture
- When there is severe decay
- When there is severe periodontal disease
- When there are both
- When there is no other better treatment which is affordable.
Types of Dentures
Full Dentures: For those who have lost all of their teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both, full dentures are the best choice. You’ll get a full set of brand new teeth.
Partial Dentures: If you’ve only lost a few teeth and don’t want to get dental implants or bridges, ask your cosmetic dentist about partial dentures. Instead of being mounted to structures placed on your jaw, partial dentures are held in place by your existing teeth.
Immediate Dentures: Just as the name implies, immediate dentures can be worn immediately after removing the rest of your natural teeth. Because this process is faster than most, immediate dentures are usually more expensive. But if you’re concerned about being seen without teeth, you’ll definitely want to consider choosing this option.
Caring for Dentures
Proper denture care is crucial to maintaining good oral hygiene. After eating, make sure to rinse your dentures well to get rid of any food particles that may be stuck on them. Before putting your dentures back in, clean your mouth thoroughly as well.
You’ll want to give your dentures a good scrub with a denture cleaner at least once per day to fight off any bacterial growth. Soaking your dentures overnight is another good way to prevent any bacteria buildup. Although cleaning your dentures on your own is helpful, it’s important to schedule checkups with your dentist to get your dentures professionally cleaned.
Whether you’re missing only a few teeth or missing all your teeth, you may want to consider getting dentures. Talk to your cosmetic dentist for more information and to see if dentures would be the best choice for you.
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