Dentures - Tips for Maintenance

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Dentures are artificial teeth and gums used to replace lost or removed teeth. Depending on what you require, you can choose from different types of dentures. They can be complete – when the complete set of teeth are replaced by dentures, or partial - when only some of the teeth are replaced by artificial ones. Regardless of the type – dentures are always custom made to fit the person needing it and also matches the existing natural teeth.

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Advancement in the field of dentistry has helped bring about changes in the materials that dentures are made of. Earlier they were made of plastic and porcelain, now they are made of a type of resin. It is not just the teeth that are replaced, the supporting structure for the teeth – the gum line is also present. This will help the dentures to fit comfortably with the natural gum structure. Care is also taken to make sure that they look as natural as possible.

Dentures take about four to eight weeks’ time, beginning with initial consultation with the dentist. The dentist will take impression of the jaw and also measurements to make sure that dentures are a perfect fit. Models are created to check for the fit, then they are tried and final adjustments are made and the dentures are generated.

Need for Dentures

Besides giving back the person the confidence of a great smile, it restores the structure of the mouth and also provide support cheeks and lips. The face sags when teeth are lost, dentures help fill out the shape to maintain the appearance of the face.

It helps a person to enjoy all types of food – especially those that require chewing. One need not change diet because of lost or removed teeth. Being affected by malnutrition does not arise as diet that was followed earlier can be continued. When a person loses teeth, speech is also affected. Words do not come out right and this can affect a person’s confidence.

When starting to wear dentures, some people might feel uncomfortable. Getting used to eating and speaking with dentures would take some time. During this initial time, it is also important that if need be dentures be adjusted with help from dentists. At first soft food should be consumed, this will help to ease the discomfort while wearing dentures.

Taking care of dentures

While it is true that a good fit is important in using dentures, it is also important that proper care be taken while using dentures. It is important that they are cleaned and also that they do not have stains in them.

Do the following to properly take care of dentures.

Removing and Cleaning
After every meal, it is important that dentures – be it complete or partial, be removed and cleaned, food debris present in the teeth should be completely removed. Cleaning them in clean running water is an efficient way to get rid of food particles in the dentures. Do not clean dentures in hot water as it can change the shape of dentures.

Handling with care
Dentures are fragile, they can easily break or chip. To avoid this from happening, remember to place a towel under them while cleaning. If they fall or break, new dentures need to be made.

Dentures should be cleaned using brushes – this need to be done twice a day like natural teeth. Take care not to use toothpaste as this can act as an abrasive. This can create scratches in them and aid in the development of plaque. Whitening toothpaste do not help to create a whiter denture, so it is best if it is not used.

Denture cleaner
As mentioned before, toothpaste creates more harm on dentures than good – mild soap can be used to clean dentures. If unsure of which type of cleaning material should be used- check with your dentist during consultation.

Storing dentures
When dentures are not being used, they should be kept moist. They should not dry up as this can lead to change of shape. It is preferable that dentures are removed at night. This will help to give rest to the gums. They can be kept immersed in water while not in use. If you are using solutions to immerse dentures, do remember to rinse them thoroughly before using to avoid infection or other diseases.

Regular dental consultation
Consulting with dentists on a regular basis is important at least initially. While using dentures, for the first time, you are bound to feel uncomfortable – consultations with dentists will help address your doubts and problems. Some have experienced irritation, infection etc. while using dentures, so it is important that dentists are consulted for proper guidance.

It is not enough that dentures are cleaned and maintained, proper oral hygiene needs to be followed as well. After dentures are removed for cleaning, cleaning of tongue, gums etc. should also be done regularly. Cleaning of clasps that hold the dentures in place need to be cleaned as well, it is easy that only dentures are cleaned and clasps are forgotten.  Plaque can easily built up there. Eating a well-balanced diet will help to have a healthy mouth and promote good oral hygiene.

Dentures are custom made and fragile as well. They are made by trained professionals – so it is important that the above steps be followed to maintain dentures. Repairing or adjusting dentures should not be done at home –this requires specialised skill. Bending or making alterations to dentures should not be done as without proper expertise you would be creating more damages to the dentures.

Dentures cannot be used permanently, they would need to be changed after using for a period of time. This is because as time goes by, natural age related changes happens and there would be changes to facial features. This would require that dentures be changed for a proper fit. Dentures will also change due to daily wear and tear – so dentures will need to be replaced. Generally dentures can be used for a period of 6-8 years and then checked if they need to be replaced.

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