At Summit Woods Family Dental Care in Jackson, MI, we care about our patients and want them to have different options to choose from. When it comes to teeth restoration, we have dental bridges, implants, and dentures. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. A partial denture is used to replace one or a few missing teeth. A full denture is used to replace an entire row of teeth.
Replacing missing teeth is important for proper chewing and to maintain your smile. We strongly recommend against leaving empty spaces in your oral cavity and not replacing missing teeth. At Summit Woods Family Dental Care, we’ll do everything we can to make your dental restoration as comfortable as possible.
Dentures consist of artificial teeth and a supporting frame. The supporting frame is used for attachment because artificial teeth need to be tied to something. Full dentures are attached to the mouth using an adhesive or suction, while partial dentures are usually attached to nearby teeth using clasps.
Dentures are made based on the individual. We’ll need to take accurate measurements of your dental cavity to make sure the denture fits comfortably. You’ll be able to take off your dentures whenever you want. We’ll have some instructions for you in the beginning because we usually want patients to wear their dentures for longer periods when they first get them.
Patients need to understand that dentures aren’t as durable as natural teeth. Care will need to be taken while chewing to avoid breaking them. Most dentures last about five years before they need to be replaced. Without proper care, however, they might last less.
At the end of each day, dentures should be taken off and cleaned. First, place your dentures under running water to remove any food or particles. You’ll then need to brush them with a denture brush or a very soft toothbrush with denture cleaner or mild soap. Regular toothpaste can be too harsh on the denture, so avoid using it. Make sure to properly clean the rest of your teeth and gums with a soft toothbrush too.