Dentures are removable dental appliances that are worn to replace missing teeth and are supported by the tissues of the oral cavity.
Traditional dentures are removable. However, there are many styles, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or implants.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are made of a base/gum that is coloured to look like the gum tissues and supports a complete set of replacement teeth.
Conventional complete dentures are held in the mouth by forming a seal with the gums. They can also be fixed on dental implants.
Partial dentures are more often used than other tooth-replacement types, when the surrounding teeth are not sturdy enough to support bridges, or when more than one or two teeth are missing.
They are fitted to the part of the gumline so they will sit on and fasten to surrounding teeth to keep from slipping out of place. They are not permanent and can be easily taken out at any time for cleaning and while sleeping.
The process of making dentures takes a few weeks and several appointments.
Once your Leichhardt dentist determines the type of appliance for you, the general steps are the following:
- Taking measurements of your jaw and making impressions.
- Making models, wax forms, and/or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. You will try-in this model many times, and the denture will be evaluated for colour, shape, and fit before the final denture is manufactured.
- Casting of the final denture.
- Adjustments will be made as necessary.
Caring for Your Dentures
Don’t let dentures dry out
Soak them in a denture cleansing solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use boiling hot water; this causes your dentures to warp.
Brush your dentures
Brushing your dentures everyday will remove food and plaque and help prevent them from staining.
Take care of your mouth
Brushing your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled toothbrush before you insert dentures stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
Consult your Leichhardt dentist
See your Leichhardt dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Do not adjust them as this can damage them beyond repair.
Dentures in Leichhardt
If you have any concerns about your dentures, or if they stop fitting well or become damaged, contact your Leichhardt dentist.
Be sure to schedule regular dental check-ups. Your Leichhardt dentist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly.
Request an appointment with your dentist in Leichhardt today.
We are located at Shop 48, Leichhardt Marketplace Shopping Centre, 122-138 Flood Street in Leichhardt.