What are dentures?
Dentures are a type of removable oral prosthetic that replaces some or all of your permanent teeth. If you’re missing permanent teeth, it’s normal to feel self-conscious about your smile.
However, missing teeth can also lead to oral health problems, including gum irritation, gum recession, and even bone loss.
Are there different types of dentures?
The team at RenovaSmiles offers two types of dentures:
If you’re missing all of your permanent teeth, your dentist might recommend complete dentures. Complete dentures feature a plastic or acrylic pink base and a set of false teeth. In addition to making chewing and speaking easier, complete dentures restore your facial structure, and prevent your cheeks from sagging.
If you’re missing only some of your teeth, your RenovaSmiles provider might recommend partial dentures. Partial dentures consist of a series of replacement teeth that sit on top of an acrylic or metal framework. The framework snaps into place, kind of like a puzzle piece, preventing any slipping or sliding.
What is the process for receiving dentures?
Developing a new set of dentures takes a period of several weeks and a series of dental appointments. After your RenovaSmiles provider conducts an oral exam, they determine which type of appliance will best meet your needs.
Next, your dentist takes a series of jaw impressions. Your dentist also measures your jaws and observes their position.
Then they create plastic molds in the exact shape of your denture. You try on this model to assess its shape, fit, and color. Your dentist makes adjustments as necessary and sends your model to a laboratory that manufactures your dentures.
A week or two later, you return to RenovaSmiles and try on your set of dentures. Your dentist makes adjustments as necessary and casts a final denture.
How do I care for my dentures?
In order to keep your dentures in good shape, it’s important you regularly clean them. The team at RenovaSmiles recommends removing and cleaning your dentures after every meal and snack.
You should also brush your dentures at least once a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush and soak them overnight in a denture-friendly cleaning solution. If you follow these tips, your dentures can last for decades.
If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, don’t wait to restore your smile. To learn more about the benefits of dentures, make an appointment at RenovaSmiles today by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online booking tool.