What to Know if You Have Dentures

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Whether you’ve had dentures for a long time, have recently had them put in, or you are considering whether they are right for you or not, there is some basic information everyone should know so you have a full understanding of how they work and why they can benefit you.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are created by dentists, and they are basically artificial teeth and gums that are fit perfectly into your mouth. They look natural and are made of safe, resilient materials (typically a hard resin) that last for about 5 years. They do wear down quicker than natural teeth and they need to be regularly cared for to get the longest life span possible.

How Do You Care for Dentures?

Dentures are very easy to properly clean. They do need to be cleaned every day like natural teeth, so don’t think you can’t harm them just because they aren’t real. You start the process by rinsing them under water to dislodge and lingering food particles from your day. Following this, you can use a very soft brush with mild denture cleaner. Once your dentures are clean, you’ll want to clean your gums and any remaining natural teeth the same way.

Why Wear Dentures?

Dentures have quite a long list of benefits and uses. Instead of giving you more paragraphs to read, we’ll make it simple:

  • Improve the look of your smile
  • Support your cheeks and lips to maintain proper structure of the mouth
  • Chew foods that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to eat
  • Replace teeth that are causing pain

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What Types of Dentures Are There?

There are two types of dentures available, full and partial dentures. Full dentures replace all of the teeth in your mouth on both the top and bottom jaw. They attach via suction or an oral adhesive. Partial dentures are used to fill gaps in your mouth or increase dental support in areas where your remaining natural teeth are not strong enough. This type of denture will attach to the natural teeth close to them to stay secure.

If you think dentures may be a good idea for you or someone you know, get in touch with Mills Haven Dental.