The Scoop on Dentures

The Right Solution


There are always different solutions to a given problem. This is applicable across most fields of study. In dentistry, an oral problem may have many plausible corrective actions that might be taken. These actions although potentially different by design, are generally all geared towards achieving a similar goal.

They are to offer a better oral appearance for the person and also to improve on the functionality of the persons teeth. There are many types of tooth problems and just as many solutions for repairing them. With technology as it exists today, there is no reason a person can't have beautiful teeth that will last a lifetime.

Depending on the given situation, A person may decide to get crowns, veneers, or an artificial tooth. If they were missing teeth and artificial teeth are not an option, then obtaining dentures would be the next route. A denture is a replacement for a missing tooth and it is portable in nature. This means that, it can be taken in and out as a person may prefer. With dentures, there are various types; Full and the Partial dentures being the most widely understood.


Understanding Dentures

  • A full denture is recommended where all the teeth are to be replaced. In this case, the denture will cover the lower and the upper sections of your gums. They must be shaped in a way that offers comfort to the patient. For instance, the lower denture ought to be horseshoe shaped in order to accommodate the tongue. A full or complete denture can either be conventional or immediate.
  • A conventional denture is used when all teeth have been removed, and the healing process has occurred. During this procedure, the patient will need to remain toothless for a stipulated amount of time, usually 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Immediate dentures are fitted once the teeth are removed. There are pluses and minuses for these. Because these teeth are put in place immediately upon teeth removal, they offer the wearer the look of beautiful teeth right away, they also allow the wearer the advantage of being able to chew food right away. The disadvantage is that they don't always fit right and the wearer will have to come back to the dentists for some adjustment.
  • The partial denture is recommended when a person has lost only a few teeth or one tooth. The teeth to be replaced are fitted on a metal frame that is modified through coloration to resemble the gum tissues. Since it is only a few teeth, partial dentures are attached to the existing natural teeth, or to a plastic clasp.


Helpful Information On Handling Dentures

Dentures should not be left to dry. Always place them in a solution or plain water when not in your mouth. It is also not advisable to clean them with hot water as this could warp the dentures.

Dentures should be taken out while sleeping at night. This is because if they are left in they could result in the wearer developing yeast or other types of oral infections. It may also cause the ridges to deteriorate more rapidly and cause shrinkage causing them to have to be replaced more frequently.

When sleeping, it is recommended that you place your dentures in a cleanser such as Fixodent or another one recommended by your dentist.

Always brush your denture regularly. This will help remove the food particles trapped in the dentures, failure to clean your dentures regularly can result in staining and denture odor as well. It is also good to brush your mouth and tongue before placing the dentures back in.

Although wearing dentures is not the same as having your own teeth there is no reason that a person should be embarrassed or concerned about wearing them. Today's dentures are state of the art and have had so many improvements since the days of our fathers that they are indeed almost like having your own teeth. For more information about how you can benefit from dentures today, see our page about dentures at

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