There are many causes of tooth loss, including periodontal disease, decay, and trauma. Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for many years. Dentures are removable replacements for your teeth, designed to look and function like your natural teeth and surrounding gum tissue.
The loss of your teeth can have a negative impact on your self-confidence, your bite, and your ability to chew food. Since your teeth provide structure and support to your cheeks, tooth loss can result in facial sagging and make you appear older than you are. It is essential that your missing teeth are replaced as soon as possible. Alternatives to dentures include dental implants and fixed bridges.
Types of Dentures
Recommended for patients who are missing some teeth on a particular arch. Fixed partial dentures, better known as crown-and-bridge dentures, are made from crowns that are fitted on the remaining teeth to act as abutments, and pontics made from materials to resemble the missing teeth. Fixed bridges are more expensive than removable appliances but are more stable.
Worn by patients who are missing all of the teeth on a single arch or both arches. Dentures are generally fabricated from acrylic resins, but advances in modern cosmetic dentistry have made a wide variety of materials available for dentures. Your Coquitlam dentist at Sunrise Dental Clinic will recommend and explain those different options, including the latest flexible cosmetic dentures.
Hygiene Tips for Denture Wearers
It is very important to keep your dentures clean at all times and also to keep your mouth healthy. You should remove your dentures at night to let your gums rest and expose the tissue to your natural saliva, which will keep the gums healthy. It is recommended that you brush your dentures when you remove them and leave them out to dry at night. This is the best way to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi on the dentures. You can also add special cleaning tablets to the water when you soak your dentures. Always brush your dentures before putting them back into your mouth. If your dentures begin to collect debris or stains that you cannot remove by normal brushing, your Coquitlam dentist or hygienist at Sunrise Dental Clinic can clean them for you. It is important to visit your Coquitlam dentist regularly to ensure that your dentures are in good condition and continue to fit your gums, as the shape of your gums and underlying bone can change with time.
Inserting and Affixing Dentures
Dentures are normally held in place by the dentures’ natural suction to your gums. However, you or your dentist may decide to use a fixative. Dentures can be affixed securely with dental implants or mini implants, which can give you the confidence to eat whatever you want without worrying about your dentures coming loose or falling out. More patients seem to be opting for treatment with implants, which offers a dramatically improved aesthetic effect, thereby improving the quality of the patient’s life.
Longevity of Dentures
The lifespan of your dentures depends on many factors, including how you take care of them and also how often you wear them. Over time, dentures can become loose as your gums shrink and your bite changes. When this happens, you may want to visit your dentist at Sunrise Dental Clinic, and he or she will make suggestions based on your needs. Possible solutions include modifying your existing dentures or making new ones.