Dentures, commonly referred to as false teeth, are removable dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth. If you are missing all your teeth in one or both jaws, complete dentures can be made that are supported by your gums or by dental implants.
If you are missing only some of your natural teeth, a partial denture can be made that is supported by your gums and teeth, and even dental implants. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who had three additional years of training, which included all steps of making esthetic customized dentures.
How Are Dentures Made?
Your prosthodontist will start by taking dental impressions, as well as several measurements to get the bite and fit right for you. You can help choose the color and shape of your teeth, as well as any distinctive features you might want.
Your prosthodontist will then work hand-in-hand with an in-house expert dental technician to finalize the customized acrylic dentures.
Am I a Candidate for Dentures?
If you have lost or are losing all of your natural teeth, complete dentures are the traditional method of tooth replacement. If you are only missing some of your teeth, several types of partial dentures can be made to replace your missing teeth.
In addition to conventional dentures, dental implants may be placed to stabilize and retain complete or partial dentures.
Maintaining Your Dentures
To properly maintain your dentures, wash them daily using a denture cleaner, hand soap, or liquid dish soap and cold or warm water. Soak your dentures in water or denture cleaner when they are not in your mouth to prevent them from drying out.
Remove your dentures at night, as wearing them can cause tissue irritation, fungal infection, and increased bone loss. If your dentures become loose or painful, it is time to see a prosthodontist to evaluate if they need an adjustment, a reline or replacement.