Oral  Health Benefits of Dentures

Oral Health Benefits of Dentures

Aug 02, 2021

Also called false teeth due to their appearance and function, dentures help fill out the appearance of the face. They’re made to resemble natural teeth and can change the way a person interacts with others. It can improve a person’s smile and are mostly used when one or more teeth go missing.

Dentures are used by our dentist to replace lost, missing, or damaged natural teeth. They come in the form of artificial teeth and gums and are custom designed to fit the mouth after a consultation at our dental office.

In addition to a loss of function, when one or more teeth fall out, it can make the facial muscles sag and cause a person to look older. A person’s self – esteem and social inclusion amongst their family, friends, work, etc., could be affected.

At Edgartown Dental Group, our dentures have been tested and proven to provide quality cosmetic benefits. If you need to get quality dentures to fix your smile, please give us a call.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

The artificial teeth that make up dentures were either made out of porcelain or plastic in the past. More modern dentures are generally made out of a hard resin which are more lightweight and natural looking. While very durable, they are more fragile than natural teeth and can easily chip or crack if dropped or otherwise not taken care of.

What Different Types of Dentures Are Available?

There are several types of dentures available, and we recommend speaking to our dentist in Edgartown, Mass in order to find out which type best fits your lifestyle and any budgetary restrictions.

Traditional or Complete/Full Dentures

Used to replace all of a patient’s teeth and sit on top of the gums. They are typically placed within 8-12 weeks after teeth extraction.

Partial Dentures

This denture procedure is used when a patient still has some of his or her natural teeth or when one or more of the teeth remain in the upper and lower jaw. The partial dentures ensure that they are convenient and removable, as to prevent the other teeth from moving. They are made from all-acrylic or an acrylic-resin material.

Custom Dentures

Custom dentures are natural and the materials are typically more expensive. This results in a more natural-looking smile and comfortable fit.

Snap-in dentures

These are the most effective choice when it comes to stability, as they are held securely in place with the help of dental implants or anchors onto the existing teeth and gums. Their locator attachments embedded within the tissue side of the denture snaps onto the implants or onto the locator receptors making them convenient and removable like partial dentures.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures are typically placed the same day that the teeth are removed/extracted.

Benefits Of Dentures

  1. Dentures are a more cost-effective treatment option, especially if there are natural teeth still present in the mouth.
  2. All traditional dentures are removable, allowing for proper cleaning.
  3. Dentures help to keep the structure of the mouth sound by supporting around the cheeks and lips. They also improve the appearance of a smile that has multiple missing teeth.
  4. Dentures make it possible to eat more efficiently and comfortably.
  5. Dentures are a viable solution to replace teeth that are causing severe pain and oral health issues, such as those with rotted roots or severe damage.
  6. Dentures are available in natural-looking porcelain, plastic, or acrylic-resin materials that create a natural-looking smile.

Taking Care of Dentures

Here are some tips to keep your dentures clean and trouble free:

  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating.
  • Avoid using hot water on dentures.
  • Avoiding the use of abrasive cleaning materials.
  • Remove your dentures before bed and soak in water overnight (make sure to change out the water daily).
  • Rinse your dentures before putting them in your mouth.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups – recommended every six months.

Never forget that your oral health is your priority and is of utmost importance. Also, never forget that our dental team at Edgartown Dental Group is available to help you anytime. All you need to do is book a consultation today.

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