There is a lot of information that is important to learn about dentures. A conversation with your dentist to discuss your wishes and outline your needs will allow your dental provider to recommend the best options for you.
Different Types of Dentures
You may elect for a removable denture; however, some patients prefer something more permanent, and may ask about a fixed appliance.
A full or complete denture is needed when all teeth from the upper or lower arch are missing or require extraction.
When the patient is able to retain some healthy teeth, a partial denture is available. A removable partial denture is made to attach to remaining natural teeth using some type of clasp. A fixed partial or bridge becomes permanent by crowning abutment teeth and cementing the partial into place. This gives the patient a feeling of permanence eliminating concerns about slippage.
Tips for Denture Wearers
A fixed unit may be easier to maintain. You simply brush and floss as directed by your dentist.
A removable prosthesis requires a little more effort. Begin by designating a place to care for your denture. Make sure you work over a soft area to prevent breakage in the event you drop your denture.
Use only those items intended for denture care – the appropriate brush and cleaning supplies are important to keep your dentures fresh and clean.
When you first receive your denture, you will likely be faced with an adjustment period. Learning to chew and speak may take a little practice. Cut food into small, manageable bites. Practice speaking in front of a mirror or converse with a trusted friend or relative.
Any time something new is introduced into your mouth, you may experience excessive saliva production. This is temporary; don’t avoid drinking water – staying hydrated is important.
If something doesn’t feel right, never attempt to make adjustments on your own. Contact your dentist for the appropriate action.
To learn more about dentures or to schedule a consultation, contact our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental today.