Dentures are removable teeth that replace ones that are missing. The number of lost teeth you have will determine the type (full or partial) of denture needed.
Initially, your new dentures will feel awkward, but with a little practice, you’ll get used to them. While there is no substitute for your own teeth, current dental advances have produced dentures that are more functional and better than ever.
With time, your denture will wear to the point where it needs to be repaired. Aging also makes changes in your mouth and loosening will occur. At a minimum, you’ll want to make a trip to the dentist’s office once a year to stay on top of any issues.
Here are a few basic tips for denture care:
– Dentures may break if dropped. When handling, do it over a full basin of water or a soft towel. This could save them from a disastrous fall.
– Putting your dentures in a container of water when not in your mouth will keep them from drying out. Warning! Do not ever use hot water because it can warp your dentures and ruin the fitting.
– Dentures should receive meticulous daily brushing to get rid of food particles, stains, and plaque.
– To promote circulation in the tissues prior to inserting your dentures, use a soft toothbrush to gently clean your palate, gums, and tongue.
– Under no circumstance should you take it upon yourself to try and fix broken dentures. Rather than risk irreparable damage, see a dentist immediately.
Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones has helped many of his patients with dentures. Schedule an appointment or call us with any questions at: 214.824.2130. Come visit us anytime at Jeff Jones, DDS in Dallas, Texas.