Should I Choose Dentures?
Dentures used to be a very popular choice for those who suffered tooth loss, but with recent improvements in dental implants and other techniques, some patients have moved away from dentures. However, they still provide one of the most affordable alternatives for those who are missing teeth and can provide great improvements in quality of life when they are fitted well and professionally designed.
A Short History of Dentures
Denture are one of the oldest dental appliances known to man. They were created in northern Italy from human or animal teeth as early as 700 BC. When Victorian England increased its sugar consumption by 500 percent between 1860 and 1890, dentures became a staple item for many people who lost their teeth quickly. Early dentures were made from materials such as rubber, porcelain and even gold. Today, dentures are made from durable man-made materials that stand up to great amounts of wear and tear. They can also be made to look very natural. It is probable that no one will know you are wearing dentures unless you tell them.
What Types of Dentures Are Available?
There are several types of dentures available. If you and your dentist decide dentures are the right choice for you, he or she will help you choose the right dentures for your needs, including:
- Conventional dentures. These dentures are removable and are made for cases in which you have few teeth left. The remaining teeth are removed and your gums are allowed to heal before the dentures are fitted.
- Immediate dentures. While these dentures are removable, they are created and inserted the same day your teeth are removed so that you do not spend any time without the ability to chew. Dentists can take measurements prior to the tooth removal, and models can be made of the jaw so that your dentures are ready as soon as you are. However, the dentures may have to be modified after your jaw and gums heal completely.
- Overdentures. It is not always necessary to remove all the teeth to place dentures. Overdentures fit right over your existing teeth so that they can be left in place to support your jaw.
How Should I Take Care Of My Dentures?
Your dentist will explain the proper procedure for taking care of your dentures. Different types of dentures are made of different materials, so it is important to use the right techniques for your particular model. However, there are some things you can do to keep your dentures strong and clean, no matter what type of dentures you have. These steps include:
- Clean your dentures thoroughly every day. Keeping your dentures free of bacteria and dirt will help them to last much longer. Be sure to rinse them before brushing and to follow the dentist’s instructions about cleaning.
- Rinse and brush to remove food and debris. Your dentures can be rinsed and brushed just like regular teeth. Use a soft-bristle brush and avoid abrasive cleaning agents. Gently brush all the surfaces so you do not scratch your dentures.
- Do not avoid cleaning or brushing your own mouth. Even without teeth, you should still brush and rinse your gums, cheeks and the roof of your mouth as well as your tongue to ensure bacterial are not trapped beneath your dentures.
- Keep dentures in water when not in use. This prevents warping and keeps them clean.
- Use the right adhesive. Your dentures may not need adhesive, but if they do be sure to use a product your dentist recommends. You may use powders, pads, strips, liquid or cream adhesives.
The professionals at Door Creek Dental can help you determine the best types of dentures for your needs. Call us today to discuss whether dentures are right for you!