Commonly known as false teeth, dentures are prosthetic devices that are specially constructed to replace missing teeth. Dentures come in a variety of designs; there are full dentures which are designed to replace a full set of adult teeth and partial dentures that teeth replace a specific number of teeth or a tooth. They are replacements help with functionality and are used for aesthetic reasons if you are unable to get a dental bridge due to financial limitations.
Types of partial dentures
- Cast Metal Removable Partial Denture
- Acrylic Removable Partial Denture
- Flexible Partial Denture
- Fixed Bridge
- Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge
What materials are dentures made out of?
Dentures can be out made a variety of standard dental materials. Porcelain and plastic are common materials, but more modern options are generally made of hard resin. Depending on your needs, your dentures may be customised to maximise comfort, better functionality and desired aesthetic. Your dentist will most likely present you with the best option for you.
Regardless of what material is used to make your new teeth, dentures are more fragile than your natural teeth. For instance, they are more prone to easy chipping and cracking, especially if you accidentally drop them. The materials also wear out over time if you are not careful. Dentures need to be cared for appropriately.
How do I clean and care for dentures?
Like your natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned on a daily basis. Bacteria, plaque and tartar can still build up on your dentures which can harm any remaining teeth you may have and your gums. Upon reception of your dentures, your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to clean your false teeth.
Do not use any other cleaners, regular toothpaste or an electric toothbrush. These products are great for natural teeth but have the opposite effect on false teeth. These type of products are too abrasive and can wear out denture material prematurely. Soak and brush them with a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser. Soaking them will ensure that they retain moisture so that they keep their shape.