Tooth loss has a significant impact on your overall quality of life. When you lose all of your teeth, or need to have them extracted because they are no longer functional, basic tasks such as eating your favorite foods and speaking properly become a challenge. If you are missing all of your teeth, whether in your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both, Tuttle Crossing Dental Group can help to restore the functions of your mouth with dentures.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable restorations designed to replace missing teeth. Full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth (or an entire mouth of missing teeth). They consist of composite resin teeth that are set into a gum-colored resin base. Dentures have been in use for hundreds of years. Today’s dentures are very different from their predecessors. They have been designed to appear much more natural and much more comfortable. The base rests directly on your gums, which provide your dentures with support, and they are held in place by suction.
Types of Full Dentures
There are two types of full dentures:
Caring for Your Dentures
Dentures do require a bit of extra daily care. They are made to be removed every night for cleaning. Before you begin, lay a towel on the counter, or fill your sink with water, which will provide a cushion in case your dentures fall. Brush your dentures with a soft bristled brush and denture paste (or soap and water). Avoid using toothpaste, as this contains abrasives that can cause microscopic scratches on your dentures that can house bacteria. Then let them soak in denture solution overnight. You should take care to brush your gums, and other tissues in your mouth, with a soft-bristled toothbrush. The next morning, be sure to rinse your dentures before placing them back in your mouth.
Benefits of Full Dentures
Dentures offer several benefits:
Drawback of Dentures
Dentures do have some disadvantages as well:
If you are missing teeth, dentures can help to restore your quality of life. Call Tuttle Crossing Dental Group today at (614) 973-6585 for more information.