Dentures are used to fill the places left by missing teeth. They are made to fit in with the appearance of your teeth. Dentures can be full or partial, and they need to be maintained through regular cleaning, check-ups and careful eating.
Partial dentures are used for when single or multiple teeth have been lost from the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are connected to the other teeth with either metal or more intricate attachments. Your dentist will assess your teeth and guide you in selecting which partial denture is suitable for you. They may suggest having crowns placed on your other teeth in order to help the partial denture fit more easily.
Full dentures are used to replace an entire line of teeth. They can also be used on both the upper and lower jawline. In order to fit full dentures, any residual teeth will be extracted, and once the gum has healed, the dentures can be fitted.
How to eat with dentures
When your dentures are first fitted, you will need to eat food that is soft, such as soup and boiled eggs. Dentures make it difficult to sense the extent of the temperature of food, so be wary when eating hot food or drinking hot drinks. You will need to eat in smaller bites and bite evenly across your teeth so that the pressure of the denture is kept level. Once your mouth has healed, there are no limitations as to what you can eat, but it is recommended that you avoid chewy foods.
How to maintain dentures
Dentures will need to be cleaned regularly to reduce plaque and maintain fresh breath. You can use a denture brush to brush the dentures each day. Once you have brushed your teeth, you can take your dentures out so that they can dry. This assists in preventing bacteria from growing. Additionally, by removing the dentures at night, you are less likely to grind your teeth and damage them.
Once dentures have been fitted, you will need to visit your dentist regularly to check your oral health and the state of the dentures.
If your dentures do not fit anymore
After a while, your dentures may not fit as well as they previously had. Your dentist can readjust them so that they better fit. If your dentures are no longer fitting and you do not have them readjusted, you may experience irritation, and there is a risk of infection.Share
26 September 2018
Miranda Raff here. My brother is a stressed-out dental student, so I'm starting this blog on his behalf. I work in a travel agency and my brother is mortified by the number of dental tourism stories I bring home. I book short holidays for people who seem as though they are going to enjoy some relaxation in an exotic country, only to learn that they plan to have cheap dental procedures. Whilst there are good dentists in developing countries, according to my brother, the complex procedures these people plan to have simply can't be finished in such a limited time. This blog is an attempt to inform you about the high skill levels and advanced technology found in Australian dental surgeries. New techniques are being developed every year and Australian dentists are at the forefront of offering these solutions. I really hope this blog helps you to appreciate our dentists.