Dentures are removable oral appliances that replace missing teeth. A complete set of dentures helps you eat, speak and laugh with confidence.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures: complete and partial.
1. Complete Dentures are worn to replace missing teeth in a single arch (upper or lower arch). They can either be conventional or immediate.
- Conventional dentures. Conventional dentures are placed after the teeth have been removed and after the gum tissues have healed completely. Dentures are worn about 8 to 12 weeks after teeth extraction.
- Immediate dentures. Immediate dentures are created and placed in the mouth right after the removal of the upper or lower arch. Dentures are made in advance to prevent patients from going without teeth after surgery.
2. Partial dentures replace one or several missing teeth, but not a whole arch. Dentures are made from a metal framework or plastic base. Plastic partial dentures are used for emergency purposes or as temporary replacement while waiting for the gums to heal. On the other hand, metal framework is more durable and flexible.
Caring for Your Dentures
- Handle your dentures carefully and avoid dropping them. They’re delicate and breakable.
- Gently hold the dentures while washing it with warm water. Brush the surface and rinse thoroughly.
- Place your dentures in a container with water when you’re not wearing them.
- Brush your gums, palate and tongue regularly before inserting the dentures in your mouth. Brushing stimulates circulation and eliminates plaque.
- Visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
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