Essential Things to Know About Dentures

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Dentures are a form of replacement for any missing teeth. You can take them out and put them back into the mouth. Although it may take some time for you to get used to dentures, today's dentures are not only comfortable but also natural looking.

Dentures can be categorised into two: partial and full dentures. A dentist should assist you to select the best type based on your budget and if you need to restore some or all of the teeth.

Conventional Denture

This is a denture placed in a mouth once teeth get removed, and the fleshy tissue heals. The healing takes months, and during this time you don't have teeth.

Immediate Full Denture

This kind of denture is implanted immediately the remaining teeth get removed. Although you will benefit from never being without teeth, the denture needs to be relined some months after its insertion. The bone that supports teeth reshapes while healing, loosening the denture.

Partial Denture

This is denture is designed to rest on a metallic frame fixed to the natural teeth. The crowns could be placed on the natural teeth, serving as denture anchors. These dentures are a removable alternative to the bridges.

Do dentures last long?

Over time, your denture has to be relined, rebased or remade because of normal wear. As you grow old, the mouth will change naturally. The changes cause dentures to become loose; this makes the gums irritate and chewing becomes difficult. It's recommended that you see a dentist each year for a check-up.

Listed below are tips to help you take care of your denture:

  • Make sure that you stand over a basin of water or a folded towel when handling a denture. This is important because dentures are very delicate and could break when dropped.
  • Never allow dentures to dry out. Be sure to place them in plain water or a cleanser soaking solution for dentures each time you haven't put them on. Don't use hot water; it causes them to warp. Brushing dentures each day helps remove plaque and food deposits, preventing them from being stained. You can also utilize an ultrasonic cleaner to take care of your dentures, but don't replace it with daily brushing.
  • Brush each morning using a soft tooth brush before inserting your dentures. It will stimulate circulation on tissues and assist in removing plaque.

Be sure to visit the dentist when your denture breaks, cracks, chips or becomes loose. Never adjust it by yourself because you could end up damaging them beyond repair.


5 January 2018

Teeth And Tears: Dental Dramas Of A School Nurse

I have worked as a school nurse for decades. Children come to me with all sorts of scrapes and bumps and bruises. Black eyes from playing football, sprained wrists from falling off the monkey bars and stomachaches from too many sweets are common complaints. However, the issue that seems to cause the greatest angst is tooth problems. Sometimes a child will have a second tooth knocked out when playing sport and parents arrive in tears. At other times, children come to my office crying because their friends are teasing them about teeth that are discoloured or stick out. I take an active interest in the latest dental news so that I can give parents and children comfort and advice. I have included some of my collected wisdom on these pages. Perhaps this information can help you understand some options when faced with a dental problem. Thank you for reading.