Description: Dentures are an appliance that replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips.
Two main types of dentures:
Made of: acrylic and metal
A full denture is placed in your mouth after all remaining teeth are removed. This denture is made of full acrylic.
A partial denture rests on a metal or acrylic framework that attaches to your remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or months. Your taste and speech may change with dentures. A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon. Minor irritation or soreness are not unusual.
Caring for your dentures
- Brush your dentures daily with a denture brush.
- Don't let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you're not wearing them.
- Never soak your dentures in hot water. This may cause the denture to warp and not fit properly.
- Do not try to adjust your denture yourself.
- Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined.
Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.