Partial dentures are removable dental appliances with one or more false or artificial teeth attached. Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, replace all the teeth in the upper and / or lower jaw. Patients in Pueblo, CO and surrounding areas love dentures for their affordability, natural look and the fact that getting dentures is a non-invasive process. The denture specialists at Pueblo West Neighborhood Dental and Implants will craft well-fitting and natural looking dentures for patients missing one, several or all of their teeth.
Don’t brush your dentures like ordinary teeth as this won’t clean out all the debris from the denture base and some toothpastes can actually be too abrasive. Take your dentures out and rinse them, ideally after every meal. Use a denture brush to clean your dentures and soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution. It’s important not to let your dentures dry out as they may warp and not fit properly anymore.
Clean your mouth by brushing your gums, palate, tongue and remaining teeth before reinserting your dentures in the morning.
It might take a bit of getting used to the feeling of wearing full or partial dentures but they shouldn’t feel painful. If they are hurting your gums, go back to your dentist to get them adjusted. It’s important not to try and adjust your dentures yourself as this could damage them, leading to even more problems with your mouth and gums.
If you have a noticeable change in gum health or you see any sores or lesions on your gums, contact your dentist right away.
Full dentures are made up of the denture base and the artificial teeth. They remain in place by closely fitting your gums and use the saliva between the jaw bone, gums and base to stay secure. If you’re worried about your dentures accidentally coming loose, denture adhesives are also available.
Over time, your gums or bone may shrink, making the dentures feel loose or uncomfortable. In this case, come and see the denture specialists at Pueblo West Neighborhood Dental and Implants for a replacement.
With care, full dentures can last on average from 7-10 years, with partial dentures usually lasting a bit longer. If the artificial teeth are made from acrylic, this can stain and wear down faster than your natural teeth. It’s also common for the gum tissues in your mouth to change, resulting in a looser fit. Make an appointment with Pueblo West Neighborhood Dental and Implants when it’s time for your new set of dentures.
Pueblo West Neighborhood Dental and Implants also offers snap-in dentures which are removable dentures that attach to dental implants. The implants offer more stability and take up little room in the mouth, meaning your tasting and speaking will be unaffected. Contact Dr. Ross’s office for more information about snap-in dentures today!
Pueblo West Neighborhood Dental and Implants is your go-to specialist for full, partial or implant dentures. Call us today to see how we can restore your smile.