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Dentures

What are Dentures?

Dentures are artificial replacements for your natural teeth. Dentures are needed when you have several unhealthy teeth or no teeth. Dentures will replace your missing and/or unhealthy teeth. Dentures will restore your smile and return some of the chewing power you once had.

Dentures are removable. Dentures can replace all of your teeth, or they can just replace a few missing ones. Complete dentures are usually made of an acrylic resin, while partial dentures are made from a combination of acrylic resin and metal.

Dentures will restore your smile and increase your chewing power.

Types of dentures

There are three main types of dentures: complete, partial, and overdentures. The type of denture you will need is based on how many remaining natural teeth you have and your individual needs.

  • Complete dentures cover your entire jaw and can be used in place of your upper teeth, lower teeth or both. Complete dentures consist of artificial teeth and gums. They rest directly on your gums and are used if you have no remaining natural teeth.
  • Partial dentures fit around your remaining, healthy teeth. Partial dentures usually have artificial teeth and gum, connected by a metal framework. Partial dentures are usually held in place by clasps that attach to your natural teeth.
  • Overdentures fit over your few remaining teeth or dental implants. Your teeth or implants give the denture stability, so it's less likely to shift in your mouth. To fit an overdenture, your natural teeth usually need to be reshaped to fit in the denture.

Tips to Get Used to your Dentures

  • Ease into eating. Avoid tough meats, raw vegetables and anything sticky at first. Choose soft foods first, and cut your food into small pieces. Chew food on both sides of your mouth at the same time to avoid "tipping" your dentures. Don't bite with your front teeth use your canine teeth and those behind them to do the biting.
  • Practice speaking to yourself. If you're having trouble talking with your new dentures, practice reading aloud.

How to Take Care of Your Dentures

Dentures need daily care. For complete dentures, brush your gums and tongue with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. Take your dentures out of your mouth and brush them at least once a day. Place them in water or a denture-cleansing liquid while you sleep.

For partial dentures, brush your gums and tongue with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. But don't let partial dentures with metal parts soak in a denture-cleansing solution for more than 15 minutes.

Be gentle when handling your dentures, as they can be fragile and might break if dropped.

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