Types of Dentures
If you have missing teeth, your dentist in Vero Beach may recommend getting dentures. They’re removable false teeth made of nylon, metal, or acrylic that replace your missing teeth. Not only can gaps cause problems with eating and speaking, but your existing teeth can gradually shift, causing misalignment. Dentures also help to improve the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, restoring a full and authentic smile.
Depending on how many teeth you’re missing, a Vero Beach dentist may recommend one of two varieties – a full or a partial denture.
Traditional Full Dentures
Traditional full dentures are recommended if all your upper or lower teeth have been removed or if you’re having a pre-existing denture replaced.
The team at Vero Dental Spa will take measurements and impressions of your mouth, which we use to create your dentures. These will be fitted immediately after we remove your teeth so they can fit snugly over your gums and jawbone. The sensation of your dentures may feel strange at first, but you will soon become accustomed to it.
If you’ve had multiple teeth removed, the shape of your gums and jawbone may change. In rare cases, this means your gums will need time to heal before the dentures can be fitted. More commonly, this will mean we’ll need to remake them in a few months so they can fit your gums and jaw again.
In comparison, partial dentures provide a solution to filling smaller gaps from one or more missing teeth. They include a nylon, acrylic, or metal plate with false teeth bonded to it. Partial dentures secure to your natural teeth with metal clasps when put in place while the false teeth fill in the gaps. The result is a completely natural-looking smile!
Like with full dentures, your Vero Dental Spa team will take measurements and impressions of your mouth for a custom fit and excellent aesthetic appearance. It may take some time to become accustomed to the sensation of wearing dentures.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
Looking after full or partial dentures should be a priority if you want to keep them in excellent condition. It’s essential to regularly clean your dentures to prevent various oral hygiene problems, including bad breath, oral thrush, and gum disease. You should clean them twice a day by brushing them and soaking them in denture solution. You should also maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine.
Dentures are fragile and may break if dropped, so take care when cleaning them. Remember to do it over a sink of water, soft towel, or similar.
When you first start eating with dentures, you should start with smaller pieces of soft food and chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. Avoid any sticky foods such as chewy candy and chewing gum. Gradually, you can start eating other varieties of food until you get to a point where you can eat a regular diet.
When you first start wearing dentures, your dentist may recommend wearing them around the clock, including while you’re sleeping. If they say you may remove your dentures while you’re asleep so your gums can rest, remember to keep them moist. Many people choose to keep theirs in water or a suitable denture cleaning solution overnight.
Are You Interested in Getting Dentures in Vero Beach, FL?
If you have any questions about dentures or denture care, speak to the team at Vero Dental Spa. We are happy to advise you and look forward to meeting you!