When you are missing teeth, you risk issues that can affect the overall health of your mouth and teeth. Here, our Delta dentists talk about how dentures work as a tooth replacement, why they may be needed, and how they help protect your oral health.
How can dentures help?
Dentures are one of the most common choices for restoring smiles, especially for those who are missing many teeth. These tooth replacements are used in cases where your teeth have fallen out, been knocked out or have been removed for medical purposes. They can help to replace the missing teeth, protecting your oral health against issues that can occur like spacing concerns and shifting, and bone loss due to lack of stimulation.
When are dentures needed?
Did you know that dentures are commonly used for patients of all ages and not just seniors? Dentures are used for specific issues regarding missing teeth and their use is completely unrelated to the age of the patient. Perhaps you previously considered them only suitable for certain types of patients or seniors. Your dentist will perform a complete examination and speak with you about your needs when determining the best method of tooth replacement for you.
By keeping up with routine care such as professional cleanings and exams as well as at-home care you can help to prevent serious issues resulting in tooth loss. However, if you have had ongoing issues with your dental health and have experienced oral health complications, you may be a candidate for dentures at some point in your life.
What are the different types of dentures?
If you are suffering from tooth loss then your dentist will aim to have you fitted with a replacement as soon as possible. If dentures are chosen then it may be one of two types, full dentures or partial dentures. Here we discuss each type and when they are used:
Replacing a few missing teeth? Partial dentures may be right for you.
Typically constructed from a combination of metal and acrylic, this type of denture is used to replace a minimal amount of teeth, even a single one in some cases.
If you need to restore your full smile then full dentures are the way to go.
If you've lost all of your teeth or had them removed as a preventive measure, your dentist may recommend full dentures to restore the function of your smile. You may also want to ask your dentist about implant-supported dentures for a more secure fit. This type of denture can be either removable or non-removable.
Do you need to take special care of your dentures?
Just like natural teeth, your dentures will need proper care to inhibit the growth of bacteria and the buildup of plaque. This will require ongoing oral hygiene at home and continued professional dental care. Cleaning your dentures daily just like your own teeth will help with preventing plaque from building up.