Dentures or false teeth are an aspect of dentistry most of us are knowledgeable about, with many of us having grandparents that had false teeth themselves. As well as providing a smile for an individual that may not have teeth themselves. Dentures are mainly used to provide support for the soft and hard tissues in a person's oral cavity. There are two different categories of dentures, depending on which teeth they may be replacing. One of the types of dentures is a set that supports your mandibular arch (the bottom of your mouth). While the other supports your maxillary arch (the top of your mouth).
Probably one of the most common types of dentures is conventional dentures or complete dentures as some professionals may call them. Traditional dentures are probably the ones you have seen in movies that are removed and put into a sterile glass every night. Like most dentures, these are suggested for individuals that may have lost all their teeth over their lifetime. Many factors can lead to dental loss, including smoking frequency, periodontal disease, and finally, age can lead to tooth loss. Did you know about 10% of adults between the ages of 50-64 already need dentures? Do you know someone suffering from edentulism (toothlessness). If so, dentures can provide a safe and aesthetically pleasing way to improve one's smile.
Unlike conventional dentures that are used primarily for complete tooth loss, partial dentures are intended for individuals that only suffer from partial edentulous (partial tooth loss). Depending on individual dental needs, some patients cannot get a bridge to help with their teeth. This is a scenario where partial dentures can come in handy. A prosthesis is the removable part of the denture that can be removed and reinserted at the patient's desire. Like other dentures, a partial denture will need to be removed at night to make sure that the prosthetics can be cleaned.
While most other dentures can be removed at the patient's leisure, fixed prosthodontics are permanently attached to the oral cavity of the patient. These types of dentures are connected so that they can provide support to the mandible and maxillary arch. These types of dentures can also be applied if the patient as suffered complete tooth loss. Luckily since these teeth are fixed into the mouth, cleaning these types of dentures are as natural as brushing your teeth every night. Besides providing support for your mouth, these types of dentures often have the most pleasing appearance. With most patients forgetting that they even had work done after a certain amount of time.
Our natural-born teeth need to be maintained consistently with daily brushing and flossing. Dentures, on the other hand, can be cleaned even more thoroughly. The ability to remove your dentures allows you to reach corners and crevices that most individuals can't reach. Dentures like regular teeth need to be cleaned daily as well. However, dentures also need to be soaked in a solution overnight to get the most effective clean. Regularly brushing and soaking your dentures will ensure that no discoloration occurs over your lifetime.