There are many dental techniques that are available to treat discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing teeth, and dentures will help you achieve the smile you crave for both self confidence and career success. After all, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, almost all Americans — 99.7% — believe a smile is an important social asset.
So are you thinking about getting dentures in the near future? Here is everything you must know before sitting down in your dentist’s chair.
What are permanent dentures?
Unlike a fake tooth, permanent dentures replace missing and misshapen teeth and come in the form of a prosthesis that can be removed from the mouth. There are two types of dentures, full sets and partials. Your dentist will choose the best method for you depending on how many teeth must be replaced.
How do dentures work?
In full dentures, there is a flesh colored acrylic base that fits over your gums to resemble an actual set of teeth. The base of the upper denture fits over your palate, and the bottom horseshoe shaped denture fits around your gums.
Generally, there are three main methods:
- Conventional Full Dentures: these are used once all your teeth have been removed and your gums have fully healed.
- Immediate Full Denture: these are placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth have been removed, but must be relined after a few months once your gums are healed.
- Partial Dentures: this method uses a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth to provide replacements for only a couple teeth.
How long will my dentures last?
Your new permanent dentures are made to last many years, but do require reshaping, relining, and adjustments once in a while to account for normal wear. At the very minimum, you should visit your dentist annually to have them check for adjustments.
How do I care for my dentures?
Dentures are made of porous material just like teeth, so they require thorough cleaning. Here are some tips to help you handle your dentures:
- Always stand over a sink or a table while cleaning them as they can break easily if dropped.
- Never let your dentures dry out, so keep them in denture cleaner or a room temperature tap water. Never use hot water as it can warp your set.
- Brush both your dentures and your gums every day before you insert them into your mouth.
Interested in getting permanent dentures in the Kirkland area? Call Dr. Dave today with any questions.