At some point, in most individuals lives, they will need to use dentures. Millions of people are using some type of denture to help them in their daily lives. Individuals can use either partial dentures or full dentures to meet their dental needs. Cicero Family Dental Care can walk you through your options and help you decide if partial or full dentures are the best choice for you.
What Is The Difference Between Full And Partial Dentures?
Full dentures are a replacement for all teeth in an individual’s mouth. To prepare for their dentures, the patient will have all remaining teeth removed. To use a full denture, a person places the device into their mouth where it will then seal to their gums. The appliance is created so it looks like a set of natural teeth, right down to the color of the gum tissue. When professionally done, no one should know your teeth are dentures. A person can take their dentures out as needed.
Partial dentures are dentures that are not designed for the entire mouth. A partial only covers a portion of the mouth. These teeth look just like a person’s natural teeth and are anchored in place with metal that slips around the neighboring teeth. A person can snap their partial denture in and out of their mouth as needed.
Why Would A Person Need Dentures?
Tooth loss can cause many issues. Some of those are changes in the shape of the face, trouble chewing food, bone loss, and difficulty pronouncing some words. Not to mention the lack of confidence and loss of self-esteem that comes with missing teeth. Using full or partial dentures help counteract many of those issues. Dentures help the face maintain its shape, and a person using full or partials can chew as they would with their natural teeth. A person who uses some form of dentures will also have a complete set of teeth and can smile with confidence. Strangers will never know the difference.
How Should A Person Care For Their Dentures?
Many products on the market can help people keep their dentures clean. It is very important to care properly for your dentures to maintain good oral health. There are kinds of toothpaste for dentures or tabs you can use to soak your dentures in. The best time to clean your dentures is at night while you are sleeping. It is ok for a person to sleep in their dentures, but a patient will want to give their gums a break. An ideal time to rest your gums is at night while your body is at rest as well.
It is important to take care of your dentures. If you do not practice proper hygiene, you will shorten the life of this prosthesis. Bacteria can still build up on dentures and cause problems for your mouth and gums.
Dentures are essential to some individuals as a way to maintain their smile, ability to eat and chew, in addition to other functions. Let Cicero Family Dental Care walk you through the process and decide on your next steps. Call our office today at (680) 688-6026 to learn more.