Dentures and Partial Dentures
Decayed or missing teeth are not only a cosmetic issue but a health concern as well. Dentures and Partial Dentures are a type of false teeth that are made to replace decaying teeth or teeth that you have already lost.
Types of Dentures
- Complete dentures are used to replace a full set of teeth and cover your entire jaw.
- Partial dentures attach to nearby teeth and are made to replace a small number of missing teeth.
Reasons for Dentures
- Replace missing teeth
- Improve biting, chewing, and speaking ability
- Keep remaining teeth from moving or shifting
- Help maintain facial shape and structure
- Enhance your smile
Dentures have come a long way and are now more comfortable and functional than ever before. They are constructed of natural-looking materials that are made to resemble your teeth and gums. Though they will take some getting used to, Dr. Gilbert will give you tips and suggestions for getting accustomed to your new dentures.
Adjusting to dentures can be quite a challenge. You may experience tender or swollen gums. This is normal at the beginning as your mouth gets used to the dentures. However, if the problem persists, visit us to make sure that your new dentures are fitting properly.
Though dentures are a permanent solution to tooth loss, over time, your mouth may shift and change, requiring adjustments or repairs to be made to your dentures. Dr.Gilbert will help you to deal with any adjustment and replacement issues.
Although dentures are made from a synthetic material, they still must be cared for just like natural teeth. Dr. Gilbert can recommend a good denture cleaner as well as an overnight soaking solution to keep your dentures moist.
Each morning, brush your gums as well as your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you put your dentures back in for the day. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently stimulate blood circulation. Keep your dentures clean and free of plaque through daily soaking and be sure to visit us for regular checkups and cleanings. You should not use a tooth brush on the denture surface eliminating scratching of the acrylic and potential staining and plaque and tartar buildup. He will offer you tips and suggestions for proper denture care.