1) What types of dentures are there?
There are mainly three broad variety of dentures available.
- Partial dentures: When just few teeth are missing from your jaw, partial dentures are suggested by the dentist/orthodontist. They can be attached to your natural teeth using metal clasps that easily grip the teeth.
- Full dentures: They are used to replace full set of teeth. A flesh coloured acrylic base is applied that covers the gum of the mouth and easily allows the denture to sit firmly in the space.
- Implant supported dentures: They are attached to the implants in the jawbone that extends outward from the gum.
2) How do I care for my dentures?
Dentures require proper care to keep them clean and your mouth hassle free.
- Always run water over your dentures post every meal to make sure any food particles or debris are washed away. Trapped food can lead to complications and other tooth problems at later stages
- Use a soft bristled tooth brush to clean your teeth. Harsh or rigorous brushing can damage your gums and make them bleed. Make sure to brush your dentures at least twice daily to make sure they are free of germs and bacteria
- If you have removable dentures, make sure to soak them in denture soaking solution overnight to keep them moist in shape. Before putting them on the morning after, rinse them properly with water in order to avoid swallowing any chemicals present in the solution.
3) Can I sleep in my dentures?
Though there is no such compulsion to not wear dentures at night while sleeping, but it is always advised to remove them before going to bed. It allows your gum tissues to rest and also decreases or minimises the possibility of any gum injury, sore spots on the gums or any other discomfort that it can give rise to.
4) Can I eat normally with dentures?
Adjusting to eat with dentures on can take up to few days but once you get used to eat, it will feel as natural as eating with your real teeth. There are few things that you need to keep in mind while eating with dentures on that will help you get adjusted to the new arrangement easily.
- Eat slowly and try and eat soft foods
- Eating small bites instead of big ones will help you adjust to your dentures quickly
- Avoid eating foods that require you to chew a lot as it can make the dentures unstable
5) How much pain is involved with getting dentures?
Feeling pain and swelling of gums is very common while getting dentures. However, as one gets use to the new arrangement in the mouth, the pain and any other kind of discomfort also subsides with time. Regular visits to your dentist will help you adjust better to dentures and in case you have any pain or swelling, he would be able to suggest you methods using which you can combat the problem. Maintain good oral hygiene to keep all dental problems away.
6) What are permanent dentures?
Permanent dentures, as the name suggests, are a stable fixtures put wherever there are teeth missing in the mouth. They are an alternate to removable dentures for missing teeth. Once you visit your dentist, he would be well equipped to tell you if you require permanent fixtures or temporary ones will do for you. Though slightly more expensive than a temporary solution, permanent dentures require mounting on implants that can take a longer time to heal. It frees a person from the hassle of slipping or popping out of dentures causing you embarrassment.