Dentures are commonly used to create a complete set of teeth after a patient has lost many of their natural teeth. The required treatment may be a full denture that replaces the entire dentition of an arch, or it can be a partial denture to replace only the missing teeth. At our Gosford denture clinic, we can help you find the right treatment for your needs.
When are Dentures Necessary?
Dentures are highly successful for improving the appearance of a smile with missing teeth and creating a stronger structure that supports the cheeks and lips. Dentures make it easier to eat hard foods, and they are a viable solution for replacing rotten or damaged teeth that are causing pain and oral health problems.
The Different Types of Dentures
Modern dentures are made of porcelain, plastic or hard resin to create a stronger surface for chewing that resembles natural teeth. The supporting structures that mimic natural gums are made of similar, more flexible materials that sit snugly on the gum line. Your denture clinic will take a mould of your mouth and will advise you if any of your teeth need to be removed or reshaped to fit the dentures.
Full dentures are used to replace the entire dentition. The teeth can be made of plastic or porcelain. This can be strengthened with a metal mesh within the body of the dentures.
Partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth in an arch. They can be made of a metal frame with plastic teeth and gum parts, or they can be entirely made of enhanced plastic for better cosmetics, so it appears as teeth and gums.
Overdentures are a viable alternative when traditional dentures are too uncomfortable, or when the patient has few teeth remaining. These are fitted over the roots of natural teeth or can rely on permanent dental implants.
Looking After Your Dentures
Just like natural teeth, dentures must be cleaned daily to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar. They can be cleaned by running them under clean water and brushing them softly with denture cleaner (not regular toothpaste as this can wear away the materials). With the dentures removed, be sure to clean your gums and remaining natural teeth before replacing them.
Always remove your dentures while sleeping. Submerge them overnight in warm water and a specific solution if your dentist has prescribed it.
Make an Appointment with Niagara Park Dental
To talk about your options for Gosford dentures, make an appointment with Niagara Park Dental. If you have any further questions about our denture clinic services, contact us online or call 02 4329 3003.