What Do I Need to Know About Dentures? | Tyngsboro Dentist

We commonly think of dentures as a solution for elderly individuals with a lifetime of oral hygiene and age considerations that have contributed to the full or partial loss of teeth. However, younger demographics have increasingly sought dentures to repair damage caused by poor oral hygiene practices or in extreme sports.

Dentures are removable acrylic replacements for missing teeth. They can be created to fill in gaps, or replace a full set of teeth, depending on your need. Typically, individuals who need dentures have experienced a trauma to their teeth that caused them to decay, fall out or become chipped.

Here are some things to consider if dentures are a solution for you:

  • They take some getting used to. As with any new thing in our lives, speaking with new dentures will take some practice. Over time however, the muscle memory from speaking throughout your life will help you overcome the unfamiliarity in no time.
  • Made of synthetic materials, a denture might not feel like your teeth, but are hand created to look good and be comfortable to wear. Dentures are first molded to the space or row of teeth that has experienced the loss and fastened according to your need.
  • Dentures are available as a full, partial, or implant-supported set.
    • Full Dentures. Used for patients missing either arch or both, full dentures are permanently secured into a base. They can be held in place via adhesive or suction.
    • Partial Dentures. More like a retainer, false teeth are held by a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Partial dentures are for patients missing only a few teeth.
    • Implant-Supported Dentures. These dentures snap into implants inserted into a patient’s jawbone. The implants give the denture more support, preventing movement while you speak, eat or drink.

Before you embark on attaining a set of dentures, your dentist will consult with you about your options, the healing process, and best practices for maintaining your dentures. It is important to maintain your daily brushing routine as well as clean and sanitize your dentures for overall mouth health.

To learn more about dentures, or to schedule an appointment today, visit us at http://www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com/.