Dentures are removable appliances that allow patients to chew, speak, and smile with greater confidence. They are replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissue in the smile. They make it easier for patients to speak naturally and eat comfortably.
Types of Dentures
There are two main types of dentures:
- Partial dentures
- Complete dentures
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are removable dental appliances that replace a missing tooth or teeth and help restore your smile. They are custom-made to fit your mouth and match your natural teeth.
There are two types of partial dentures available:
- Fixed partial dentures: This type of partial denture replaces missing teeth by placing crowns on the surrounding teeth. The crowns are connected by a metal framework that holds the dentures in place.
- Removable partial dentures: This type of partial denture replaces missing teeth by attaching to surrounding teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. The partial denture can be removed for cleaning.
What Are Complete Dentures?
Complete dentures are restorations that can replace all of your teeth on the upper or lower jaw. Full dentures are created for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth. These dentures are custom-made to match the color of your gums, and so they blend in seamlessly with your smile. They are designed to fit comfortably and securely.
If you have lost all of your teeth or have teeth that are so damaged that they cannot be repaired, full dentures can restore your smile.
How Are Dentures Placed?
During an initial visit, the dentist obtains an impression of your mouth. This impression is used to make a model upon which your dentures are made.
On the day your dentures are to be placed, you will return to our office for another appointment. Our dentist will check the fit of the dentures in your mouth. The dentist will then make any adjustments needed. Your dentures will then be secured in place using dental adhesive.
What Are The Benefits of Dentures?
Dentures can replace missing or severely damaged teeth and restore function so you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence. They can improve chewing and speech and support facial muscles. Dentures can also help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. If you’re missing all of your teeth, dentures can restore the ability to eat and speak better than you could with missing teeth.
Care and Cleaning of Dentures
Just like natural teeth, good oral hygiene is required for dentures. They should be removed and cleaned after meals and brushed twice a day. Dentures should be cleaned using a special cleanser or denture paste. The denture should be placed in warm water and a cleaning solution for 10 to15 minutes. They should be rinsed thoroughly and left to air dry.
Ideal candidates for dentures
Patients who are opting for dentures should be free of tooth decay and gum disease. They should also be committed to practicing excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your appointment with us, call ourDentist in Colorado Springs COat (719) 374-5496 or visit our dental office located at 1359 Interquest Pkwy Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.