Full dentures are also known as complete dentures and are used when a patient is missing all their natural teeth. These versions are kept in place by suction and come in two forms: immediate and conventional.
Immediate dentures are created before the removal of a patient’s teeth. After taking measurements and models of the jaws, a set of temporary dentures are created and placed following the extraction of a patient’s teeth. They ensure that a patient can smile, eat, and speak confidently while waiting for their gums to heal, which can take approximately six months. Once the healing process is complete, conventional dentures are put in place.
How should dentures be cared for?
Just as natural teeth require daily cleaning, so do dentures since bacteria, plaque, and tartar can accumulate and cause stains, bad breath, and issues with gum health. Plaque that forms on partial dentures can also cause neighboring teeth to develop cavities if they are not carefully cleaned each day.
To best care for these devices, rinse away food particles with warm water and gently brush with mild soap or denture cleaner and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Clean all surfaces, being cautious around areas with attachments, before rinsing with water. Next, wipe and massage gums with a toothbrush or a damp, clean cloth. Patients with remaining natural teeth should ensure that they are carefully flossed before putting their denture(s) back in place. It’s also important to note that full and partial dentures should be removed overnight as gums need a chance to rest. To keep your denture(s) hydrated and prevent issues with shape changes, soak them in a cup of warm water.
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