Pauly Dental in Wichita, Kansas
Tooth pain and loss can cause uncomfortable problems with both speech and eating. Gaps left by missing teeth can enable the surrounding teeth to grow at angles, leading to both mental and physical discomfort. When a significant number of teeth fall out or need to be removed, dentures are there to act as effective replacements.<
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a set of false, removable teeth that can be created using acrylic, metal, or nylon material. After being uniquely fitted to that patient’s mouth, they fit snugly on and comfortably on the gums, closing any gaps and eliminating the problems caused by them. There are two types of dentures, full and partial, which replace either the entire upper or lower row of teeth or a single or couple of missing teeth.
Who Needs Dentures?
Dentures are a viable option for people whose tooth loss has caused pain, distress, and/or problems with eating and speech. There are many signs that can make a person a candidate for dentures, including:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Loose, shifting teeth
- Persistent toothache
- Gaps from missing teeth
- Indigestion from not being able to chew or break down food properly
- Self-consciousness when smiling
Having dentures created and fitted requires a trip to the dentist. A trial set will be molded after the teeth have been removed, both to assess the fit as well as to make sure that the patient is satisfied with the appearance. The shape and color can be adjusted to look as natural as possible.
Caring for Your Dentures
At first, patients may need to wear the dentures all the time, which takes a bit of getting used to. Gum and other chewy/sticky foods should be avoided, at least until you are comfortable with them in your mouth. Though it isn’t always necessary to remove them at night, doing so allows the gums to take a break. If removed, the dentures should be kept in a moist, fizzy solution overnight.
Practicing proper dental hygiene is crucial for oral health and will prevent the dentures from drying out or becoming a bacterial haven. Clean the dentures as you would your normal teeth, and be sure to regularly remove any plaque or bits of food. Failing to do so can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and oral thrush. If taken care of properly, dentures can last over five years.