Everything You Need To Know About Dentures

For most people, their smile and the way it looks are very important. That’s why many people consider getting dentures as they get older or after they lose teeth due to injury or disease. Dentures are removable replacements for your teeth that can be made from either real or artificial teeth and can be made from metal, plastic, acrylic, or porcelain materials.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are removable oral prosthetics that are used to replace missing teeth. They are made of acrylic, composite resin, or porcelain materials which can be attached to your natural teeth or implanted directly into your gum line. 

Dentures come in various shapes and sizes to accommodate any missing tooth. The most commonly used denture is a partial denture which attaches to two natural teeth on either side of the space where a tooth has been lost.

A full denture consists of replacement teeth for all the teeth on one arch and attaches with metal clasps to adjacent natural teeth. Partial dentures may also be referred to as flippers. Full dentures may also be called complete or removable dentures. 

Complete dentures are necessary when all of the patient’s teeth have been removed and a full set of false teeth need to be inserted. Dentures will not work without an adhesive such as dental cement, although they will stay in place if they’re properly fitted by an experienced dentist.

Dentures usually take at least three months before they feel completely comfortable. Once you get used to wearing them, you should clean them daily with a mild soap such as dish soap and water or mouthwash.

What To Expect When Getting Dentures

There are many things to consider when getting dentures. One of the first decisions is choosing between acrylic and metal dentures. Acrylic dentures are a more affordable option and will not last as long as metal ones, but they can be used indefinitely if properly taken care of. 

Metal dentures tend to be a better option because they last much longer than their acrylic counterparts. They also require less maintenance in terms of brushing because their surfaces are smoother. 

Some people find that their mouths feel less restricted with metal dentures as well because there’s nothing sticking out from them like there would with an acrylic set. However, this is something to think about before committing to the purchase. If you plan on doing a lot of eating or drinking then you may want to go with the less restrictive acrylic. It’s all personal preference!

The Different Types of Dentures

There are two main types of dentures: partial and full. Partial dentures are used to replace a number of teeth, while full dentures replace all the teeth in your mouth. They’re made from different materials, so it’s important to know what you’re getting before choosing a type. 

Full dentures will last indefinitely if you take care of them with regular dental hygiene and by seeing your dentist regularly. However, they can be difficult to clean when compared with other types of dentures. The opposite is true for partial dentures; they can be removed easily for cleaning but require more frequent visits to the dentist because they may not last as long as full dentures. 

What should you do? If you’re on a budget, then partial dentures would be an economical choice for replacing one or two teeth – some of your options include dental implants or flexible dentures. If money isn’t an issue and wants to get the most out of your money, then go with full dentures – there are a ton of different options for full dentures like All-On-Four dentures

What Are Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are designed to replace some of the missing teeth, while full dentures are designed to replace all of the teeth in a person’s mouth. A partial denture is a removable appliance that fits over just a few teeth on one or both sides of the mouth. 

The partials include acrylic (plastic) and metal clasps that secure onto natural teeth or implants. They can be used to close spaces left by tooth loss or help with chewing. What types of work do they do: In most cases, dentures are used to provide support for loose teeth. Sometimes you may need dentures if your natural teeth cannot chew food properly anymore due to decay or injury. Dentures also help you speak better and look more attractive since your smile will not be compromised by missing teeth anymore.

What Are Full Dentures?

Full dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in the mouth. They are either made from single or multiple pieces of acrylic, metal, or plastic. They are also called complete dentures or full dentures. Most people who use full dentures use them as an option when they have no remaining teeth in their mouth. 

There are different types of complete dentures, including over-dentures and partial over-dentures. The type that is best for you will depend on what your current needs are. Over-dentures cover the top and bottom teeth on both sides of your mouth while partial over-dentures cover only one side of your mouth at a time.

If you have more than 20 teeth missing, there might be too many gaps for complete dentures so it’s better to go with over-dentures. If you need assistance eating or speaking, then partial over-dentures may work better than full dentures because they don’t touch your cheeks like other types of complete dentures do.

If you’re allergic to any material (such as acrylic), speak with your dentist about materials that can be used instead. 

A skilled dentist can help you decide which type of dentures would be best for your situation. Once you’ve chosen, the process of making them starts. Your dentist will first take impressions of your gums to create a mold and give you temporary dentures that look just like real teeth during this process. 

Next, they’ll put the impression into plaster in order to make a new model. After letting the plaster set for 24 hours, the dentist will carefully remove it and add finishing touches to your new dentures. It takes about a week before you receive your final product from the lab where they were created. It’s important to keep your mouth clean while wearing these so they stay healthy!

How To Take Care of Your Dentures

No matter what type of denture you have, it is important to take care of it properly. This will ensure your denture lasts as long as possible, keeping your teeth and smile healthy. Get in the habit of cleaning your dentures thoroughly after every use with a brush and toothpaste (using the bristles on the brush), then rinsing them out with water. 

You should also soak your dentures overnight at least once a week in an antibacterial dish detergent or a solution made up of 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda and 1 cup warm water, which can help remove plaque build-up.

Do not wear your dentures for more than 24 hours. If you are wearing full upper or lower dentures, be sure to eat foods that are easy to chew and cut into small pieces if necessary. Avoid sticky foods like peanut butter, hard candies, and ice cubes because they can stick to your dentures and cause bacteria buildup.

Make sure to clean your dentures before you put them back in after eating so they don’t become contaminated. Use alcohol-free mouthwash or regular mouthwash and dental floss before bedtime to keep bacteria from building up between teeth when you’re sleeping. 

It’s best to avoid any acidic food or drinks, especially those containing citrus fruits, for about three hours before bedtime. As well as brushing twice daily, many people find that using a fluoride rinse twice a day helps prevent cavities. Be sure to see your dentist regularly for checkups to make sure there isn’t anything you aren’t doing to improve the fit of your dentures.

Some dentures also need relining after a couple of years, this is needed when the shape of the user’s jaw changes over time meaning that the dentures no longer have a good fit so the dentures need reshaping. Denture relines are recommended around every 2 years, so it is important to factor this maintenance into the ongoing costs associated with your dentures.

Immediate Dentures and Over-dentures – What Are They and Which Is Right for You?

With so many dental options available, it’s sometimes hard to find the right one. If you have missing teeth, your dentist may recommend an immediate denture or over-denture, both of which are removable, partial replacements for teeth. 

Immediate dentures and over-dentures may be right for you if you need to replace one or more teeth immediately and don’t have time to wait until you have an implant inserted in your jawbone. Both can also give you back full smile functionality as soon as they’re put into place.

When it comes to dental needs, there are two broad categories: emergency or short-term, and long-term. Immediate dentures and over-dentures fall into the first category. 

If you’re looking for something that will last only as long as your recovery period following oral surgery, then immediate dentures and over-dentures would be an appropriate choice. If, on the other hand, you want something more permanent and traditional (especially if this is for tooth replacement), then long-term options such as bridges or implants might better suit your needs.

You’ll have to weigh the benefits with your dentist in order to decide on the perfect solution.

What Are Immediate Dentures?

Dental implants are a popular way to replace missing teeth, but not all patients have the necessary time or money to undergo this procedure. Luckily, immediate dentures may be a good option for these patients. Immediate dentures provide a temporary solution until more permanent solutions like dental implants can be found. 

There are two types of immediate dentures; partial and full. Partial dentures take care of some missing teeth while full dentures take care of most or all missing teeth. The difference between them has to do with how many teeth they cover. 

For example, full dentures cover both upper and lower arches whereas partial dentures only cover one arch at a time. Additionally, there are different types of immediate dentures depending on the shape of your mouth: anterior (front), Posterior (back), Maxillary (upper jaw) mandibular (lower jaw) and complete (both jaws). 

These are just a few things to consider when deciding if immediate dentures are right for you. If you think that it might be an option, make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist who will assess your situation and help you decide what’s best.

What Are Over-dentures?

Over-dentures are removable false teeth that attach to a metal framework. This framework, known as an adhesive, is placed over your gums to provide support for the false teeth. Over-denture frameworks can be made of metal or plastic, and come in different shapes to suit individual needs.

Plastic frameworks may be more comfortable, but most people find that metal frameworks last longer because there’s less risk of breakage or wear-and-tear from chewing. Metal frameworks will also withstand hot liquids better than plastic ones.

However, an over-denture can be more expensive than partial denture and may take longer to fit. If a patient has lost all of their teeth, it’s usually less expensive to get a complete set of new teeth in one go rather than buying a set of false teeth and replacing them as necessary.

Immediate dentures, or implant-supported over-dentures (ISOs), represent a newer form of removable denture that offers many benefits over conventional overdentures. The key difference between an ISO and a conventional set of false teeth is that, instead of being supported by your gums, an ISO is supported by one or more dental implants placed in your jawbone during surgery. 

Your dentist will make two small incisions in your gum so he/she can insert the implants. Once these have healed, you’ll need to return for another appointment. Once these have been fitted and adjusted, you should feel confident about eating anything again.

Implant-Supported Dentures: Everything You Need to Know

Dentures are lifelike replacements for missing teeth, but they are not permanent fixtures in your mouth. They’re made of several different materials, including acrylic and plastic, but many patients find them uncomfortable and difficult to fit properly.

If you’re interested in an alternative that combines the function of a denture with the look of natural teeth, implant-supported dentures may be your best bet. Here’s everything you need to know about them and how they can improve your smile and your life!

What Is Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implants are metal fixtures that are surgically placed into the jawbone under the gumline, allowing it to fuse into position. Once a sufficient amount of bone tissue has grown around the implant, we can place an artificial tooth in front of it. Implants work like real teeth, with a root and a crown. The porcelain crown is cemented onto the implant just like it would be on a natural tooth. 

We have many different types of implants for different situations. The type depends on the patient’s condition and what they want out of their dental treatment. It’s important to discuss your desires with your dentist so they can recommend the right one. 

How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?

Implants, also known as tooth roots, are metal posts that are surgically placed into the jaw bone. They serve as anchors for artificial teeth. The bone tissue grows around the implant and fuses with it, so when the implants are removed years later they leave no scar on the gum or bone. Implants can be used in conjunction with full or partial dentures to create a more stable fit. 

There is less pressure on your natural teeth which is an advantage if you have loose or broken ones. In most cases, dental work is done at your dentist’s office but may require additional treatments like surgery before being fitted with an implant-supported denture. The cost of implants varies depending on location, type of device and number of procedures needed to complete treatment.  

Although typically higher than other types of dentures, the benefits of these devices outweigh the costs because they last much longer. The average lifespan of implant-supported dentures is anywhere from 12 to 15 years. Dental insurance does not cover this procedure, meaning the total cost will depend on your individual situation. Talk to your dentist about what your particular case entails and how much you might expect to pay upfront versus over time.

In order to maintain healthy gums, brush thoroughly two times per day with a soft-bristled brush, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly for checkups.

The Benefits Of Implant-Supported Dentures

Implants are surgically placed in the jawbone and act as anchors for dental replacements. Implants can support single teeth, or they can be fitted with a full set of dentures. They are a long-lasting solution that will allow you to eat and speak comfortably again. 

The only downside is that implants come at a steep price, but most insurance companies will cover it if one tooth needs replacement. Implant supported dentures provide more stability than traditional dentures and last longer than traditional bridges. For people who have lost multiple teeth due to injury or decay, implants can replace many teeth all at once instead of one by one.

What Are Dentures Made Out Of?

Are dentures plastic? What are dentures made out of, exactly? It’s easy to assume that dentures are all made out of one single material, but in reality, there are many different materials that go into making dentures, depending on the specific needs of the person who needs them and the needs of the individual dentist who is providing them. Chrome dentures are an example of a type of denture that is made of a combination of a metal cobalt base and acrylic teeth.

Dentures are typically made from a variety of materials, including acrylic and porcelain. Acrylic is the most common material and it’s what most people think of when they imagine false teeth. Acrylic can come in a variety of colours to help you match your natural teeth, but it isn’t as durable as porcelain.

Porcelain can also come in different colours, though not as many as acrylic. It is much more durable than acrylic. Some patients decide to get both an acrylic set and a porcelain set for their upper and lower jaws so that they have the best of both worlds — a less expensive bottom set for everyday wear, and an expensive top set for special occasions. Other patients prefer just getting one or the other depending on their lifestyle. 

Regardless of which material you choose, make sure your dentist can show you how to properly care for your teeth. While having false teeth is a very convenient way to replace missing ones, they still need proper care if they’re going to last. 

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Dip CDT RCS (Eng) Clinical Dental Technician
Determined to remain at the cutting edge of modern Dental Technology, David recently completed an intense training course in producing dentures that genuinely recreate the natural facial structures which are lost during the ageing process through tooth loss and gum regression. He, and his many patients, are overjoyed with the natural appearance and facial proportions which this new methodology offers.