What Are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial replacements for missing teeth that you can insert and remove. Often made of porcelain or plastic materials, contemporary dentures are much more comfortable and natural-looking than the dentures of the past.
Primarily, there are two types of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures.
Should I Get Dentures?
It isn’t always clear when a patient might need dentures. If you notice any of the following signs, you might want to consider consulting with our experts.
- Severe tooth decay in several teeth.
- Numerous missing teeth.
- Difficulty eating and chewing.
Furthermore, dentures may be worth considering if dental implants are not an ideal choice. Media Dental Care serves the communities in and surrounding Aston, Media, and Swarthmore. If you want to learn more about being fitted for a set of dentures, set up an appointment today with our team of specialists by calling 484-444-2793.
How Will They Fit Me for Dentures?
Specialists will make an impression of a patient’s mouth, which they will use as a template for creating customized dentures in a lab. With full dentures, the upper denture will fully cover the palate, while the lower denture will fit over your teeth to make space for your tongue.
What Kind of Dentures Are Right for Me?
There are two types of full dentures, in addition to partial dentures:
- Conventional Full Dentures: With conventional full dentures, the dentist will remove all remaining natural teeth. Afterward, the gums are given a few months to heal sufficiently. The patient can begin wearing his or her dentures once the gums are fully recovered.
- Immediate Full Dentures: In contrast to conventional dentures, a patient can wear immediate full dentures once the dentist has extracted any remaining natural teeth, without a several-month wait for the gums to heal. The disadvantage, however, is that immediate dentures must be reshaped a few months after the initial insertion, as the new dentures often become loose as the jaw bone changes its shape during the gum’s healing process.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are created from a metal framework. This framework, which will support the new artificial teeth, is attached to previously-existing natural teeth for support. Crowns are sometimes attached to the natural teeth, enabling them to better serve as an anchor for the metal framework. Partial dentures are frequently a good option for those who still have many healthy, natural teeth, and can be a viable alternative option to bridges.
How Long Will My Full or Partial Dentures Last?
All dentures experience wear-and-tear over time. Combined with the fact that the condition and shape of our mouths change as we age, your dentures will need to be remade or relined over the years.
How Do I Care for My Dentures?
While not all dentures are alike, there are some things you can expect to hear from your dentist about proper denture care:
- Brush your every day.
- Remove and soak your dentures overnight in the prescribed solution.
- Wash out your mouth after removing dentures.
- Remove and wash dentures after meals and snacks.
- Wash dentures thoroughly before reinserting.
If you want to consider getting fitted for dentures, or if you’re experiencing pain and discomfort from dentures that you wear already, make an appointment by calling 484-444-2793. Our emergency dental services are on-call 24/7 to serve Media, Aston, and Swarthmore.