Losing the permanent teeth in the mouth has far-reaching effects that impact your general health and wellbeing. Having no remaining natural teeth can lead to self-image problems, as well as digestion problems that lead to improper nutrition. Necessary for both aesthetic and functionality purposes, we need our teeth, or a suitable replacement, to maintain our quality of life.
The standard form of tooth replacement dating back several decades is the denture appliance. Dentures are crafted to fit snugly against the jaw structure, resting on top of the gums. For years, dentures were associated with discomfort in the form of chewing and speaking difficulties. Dentures required the use of messy adhesive or they would slip during wear. Denture wearers reported feeling sore spots, or they may feel embarrassed by the look of "fake teeth."
Throughout the years of restorative dentistry, technological advances have paved the way for better fitting, more natural-looking dentures. Today, we use advanced techniques for measuring and designing denture appliances, and have high quality materials that look like natural enamel. New and improved dentures not only look more natural, but also facilitate more comfortable chewing and speaking. Just like natural teeth, however, it is important to practice optimal care for lifelong stability and beauty.
Denture care should include:
- Careful cleaning is important due to the fact that dentures are made with fragile materials. Your denture appliance should be cleaned over a towel or other soft surface so, if dropped, it does not break.
- Cleaning should resemble how natural teeth are cleaned, with twice daily brushing, and rinsing after meals. This prevents the development of bad breath and stains.
- Dentures should be cleaned with non-abrasive toothpastes so scratches do not form. Scratches on a denture appliance give bacteria a place to hide.
- It is important to brush the gums and tongue gently, keeping bacteria from collecting on either surface.
- Temperature can affect dentures, which should not be washed in a dishwasher, microwave, or in boiling water. Warm water is sufficient for sanitizing a denture appliance.
- Keeping dentures in water or a denture solution when they are not being worn will keep the acrylic in its best condition. Excessive dryness can distort this material.
- Regular professional care is important to long-lasting oral health, with or without dentures. Seeing your dentist every six months allows for the adequate monitoring of gum health as well as the fit of your appliance. Every so often, a traditional denture appliance will need to be refitted as changes occur in the structure of the jawbone.
For the replacement of lost teeth, dentures are still a viable, long-lasting solution that can fit your needs and budget. Contact Absolute Dental to consult with Dr. Ami regarding your best solution for missing teeth.