A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. It restores your facial structure, prevents sagging, and allows you to speak and chew comfortably.
Most dentures are made of acrylic and consist of two parts. The upper denture, which covers the roof of the mouth, is usually flesh-colored to blend with your gums. The lower denture replaces the bottom row of teeth and is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
When you make the decision to replace any remaining weak or unhealthy teeth with dentures, our dentist can have an immediate denture made. This is placed after the teeth are extracted and allows the gums underneath to heal gradually. Or, you can wait for the conventional denture, which is placed after the gums have completely healed.
Lastly, a fixed denture may be the best choice for you. A fixed denture is attached to a series of dental implants that hold it in place. Either way, all these choices offer reliable, long-term solutions for missing teeth.
First off, you need to clean your dentures with gentle products daily. Put a towel in your sink – you’ll want the added protection for accidental drops – and give them a light scrub. This will remove any build up from the day.
It’s also worth noting that dentures will wear down over time. So, they need to be replaced or relined to preserve your jaw alignment. When your teeth are extracted, that alignment changes slowly as the jawbone and gum ridges shrink from underuse.
This is why you should still come in for regular dental exams. During these exams, we can make sure your gums remain healthy and that your dentures fit well!
From crowns and bridges to dental implants and dentures, at Evans Family Dental, we strive to provide excellent dental restorations! If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation for dentures, contact us today to get started.