Dentures typically replace lost or missing teeth. In most cases, people who have lost all their teeth also suffers a severe decline of their self-esteem, not to mention the difficulty to process food without any teeth. That’s why most of them inquire about tooth extraction for dentures recovery time. But the cost of getting full dentures may also be an issue.
Dentures can restore that radiant smile and the confidence. Whether it’s full dentures or partial, they do have a big impact on a person’s quality of life.
To know more, here are the most interesting facts and tips for dentures.
- In a research on 19 countries, researchers discovered that an average of 19% of the populace wear some form of denture.
- There are two types of dentures — partial and full dentures.
- Partial dentures fills in the spaces left by the lost or missing teeth. It may be secured to your natural teeth with metal clasps or ‘precision attachments’.
- A complete or full dentures is one which replaces the entire natural teeth either in the upper or lower jaw.
- A full dentures can give support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, it can result to sagging facial muscles that can make a person look older and find it harder to eat and speak well.
- Dentures are made to measure and designed to fit snuggly around the gums. Your dentist will take measurements and impressions of your mouth, then order your dentures from a dental technician and have it made in a dental laboratory.
- Dentures must be handled properly with utmost care. Otherwise, it can lead to poor oral health, and may even compromise general health.
- Dirty dentures can lead to dentures stomatitis, caused by the buildup of a yeast or fungus called candida.
- Dentures should be cleaned daily either by brushing with a toothbrush or dentures brush accompanied with a non-abrasive dentures cleanser.
- Proper care of dentures can make them last for five to seven years before replacement. Not handling enough care can weaken the durability.
Here are additional tips to your dentures:
- Dentures should be soaked in a denture-cleansing solution This breaks down the remaining plaque and helps to disinfect the denture. Denture-cleansing solutions should only be used outside the mouth, and dentures wearers should strictly follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Dentures adhesive can be used to improve the retention of, and reduce food accumulation beneath, well-fitting complete dentures. They may also enhance patient comfort, provide peace of mind and also increase confidence and overall wellbeing.
- Dentures may break if you drop them. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.
- Dentures wearers should not keep their dentures in the mouth overnight to relieve soreness and prevent infection, unless there are specific reasons for keeping them in.
- After getting a set of dentures, regular visits to the dentist is still vital. This gives your dental team the opportunity to guarantee that the dentures are in good shape and your mouth is still healthy.