Dentures are affordable replacements if you have missing teeth and unlike dental implants which are permanent, dentures can be taken out and put back into your mouth whenever you want.
Dentures last for several years, but they do not last a lifetime since it needs to be aligned, rebased, or remade because of changes in the mouth due to aging or normal wear. This is the reason why you should see us at least once a year, so we can check if your dentures are still fit and working for your benefit.
Types of Dentures for Your Needs
There are basically two types of dentures – full and partial dentures. If you need a replacement for a full set of teeth, you will be fitted for full dentures.
Dentures of the upper jaw have an acrylic base that covers the roof of your mouth as well as your gums so that your entire set of false teeth can be set securely. Full dentures of the lower mouth also have an acrylic base, but it is u-shaped to prevent hampering the tongue.
Note that before you are fitted for full dentures, all your remaining teeth will be removed first and it will take a couple of months before you are measured for dentures giving your jawbone enough time to reshape.
If only a few of your teeth are missing, partial dentures may be sufficient to address your need. This type of dentures can be attached to your natural teeth using metal clasps that hold your natural teeth, through precision attachments that are barely noticeable, and attached to the crowns of the natural teeth.
Caring for Your Dentures
Whether you have full or partial dentures, you should observe regular cleaning and proper dental hygiene practices so you can avoid suffering from oral health issues.
Remove and clean your dentures daily using a toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure to brush your gums, tongue, and palate as well. Call us today for more information and important facts about dentures and its benefits.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 510-848-0114 today.