What are dentures ?
What are the benefits or advantages of dentures?
Dentures benefit patients in following ways:
- Eating - Dentures help patients to chew the food properly. This reduces the risk of poor health due to nutritional deficiency.
- Speech - The replacement of missing teeth help patients to pronunce properly, enabling them to speak in a better way.
- Aesthetics & Self-Esteem - The presence of a natural looking teeth enhances the self confidence of a patient due to better cosmetic appeal. Also, dentures provide support and improve appearance of the face by correcting the collapsed feel of the lips and cheek.
How long does it take to get accustomed to dentures?
It may take a few weeks and sometimes months to get used to the new dentures. With practise eating and speaking improve faster and patients may feel comfortable earlier.
How long do dentures last?
Though dentures last for years, the routine wear and tear over a period of time may cause dentures to become loose and difficulty in chewing. Hence, it is advisable to get an annual check-up done with a dentist to get the dentures corrected as per the need and requirements.
What the the different types of dentures?
There are two types of dentures:
- Removable Partial Dentures
- Removable Complete Dentures
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures are ones which replace one or some missing teeth.
What are complete dentures?
Complete dentures ( full set) are ones which replace all the upper or lower teeth.
How should we take care of dentures?
Here are some tips which can be useful for denture care:
- Handle dentures with care and avoid dropping them accidently or handling them roughly.
- Clean the dentures like natural teeth using soft bristles atleast twice a day. It helps remove food, plaque and prevents development of permanent stains.
- Use mild soaps or denture cleaners to clean the dentures.
- Avoid certain toothpastes, household cleansers, bleaches or hard bristles as they can abrade the surface and damage the dentures.
- Avoid chewing gums, food that is sticky or hard.
- When not wearing the dentures they should be soaked in normal water to prevent them from drying and losing shape.
- Do not use toothpick.
- Consult a dentist if your dentures become loose and do not fit properly or have worn out.