Many seniors face the problem of losing teeth. Technology has come up with dentures to overcome this problem. Find out everything you need to know about dentures in this article.
What are dentures?
Dentures are false teeth and allow a person to chew better. They provide support to the cheeks, lips and jaw and correct the collapsed look between the nose and chin.
Types of dentures
There are many types of dentures and the most prominent one is the acrylic resin denture. Porcelain dentures were also well known until the advent of acrylic resin dentures or plastic dentures. Some people like the metal ones as in gold or silver capped teeth.
There are partial, complete and over dentures. Partial dentures are for those who have some natural teeth and need to replace missing teeth. Complete dentures are for those who do not have any teeth. Over dentures are dentures fixed over the teeth and act as replacement for missing teeth; they provide space for the existing tooth.
Wearing dentures is not as easy as it may seem. It takes time to get used to them. The main problem is gagging; another is over secretion of the salivary glands as the brain thinks that the denture is food. The gums can also become sore and keeping the denture in place can be a struggle.
Support, stability and retention are the three governing factors when dentures are worn – support when keeping the dentures in place, stability when not allowing the dentures to slide from side to side or front to back, and retention when not allowing the denture to move in the opposite direction of insertion.
Technology has taken care of most of these problems. Most doctors take good implants and produce excellent dentures. It is recommended to keep increasing the hours of wear every day. This allows the jaws to set and the mouth to get used to the dentures.
Dentures require good care and need to be cleaned after every meal. Soak normal acrylic resin dentures in a cleansing solution. Do not soak metal implants in cleansing solution for more than fifteen minutes. Do not drop dentures on hard surfaces as they can crack and replacing them would be expensive.
Keep your original teeth for as long as possible. And do keep your appointment with the dentist! But if that fails, would you get dentures? Or would you hang on to every last tooth and then go without any?