Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They are made of tooth-colored prosthetic teeth attached to plastic bases which fit over the gums. Dentures are custom-fit to each patient’s mouth, making them comfortable and functional. A denture can improve your ability to chew and speak, as well as provide support to your facial muscles.
Complete dentures can replace a full arch of upper or lower teeth. Our dentist may recommend complete dentures if you are missing many or all of your teeth.
Complete dentures rest on the gums and wearing them takes some getting used to. In the beginning, it may be difficult to speak normally or eat certain foods. However, once you get used to wearing them, dentures help you chew and speak normally, and they can improve your appearance and self-confidence.
Full dentures may require denture adhesives to stay in place. If you opt for complete dentures, our dentist will make adjustments as needed for a natural look and comfortable fit.
If you’ve lost a few teeth but still have most of your natural teeth, a partial denture may be recommended as an alternative to a bridge. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It requires the alteration of the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. For some patients, partial dentures may be a better option.
Partial dentures are a convenient way to replace multiple missing teeth. They consist of a gum-colored base with one or more artificial teeth called pontics. They have a metal framework that maintains their shape and prevents warping. A partial denture is custom-made to fit your mouth.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures offer many benefits to patients that are missing many or all of their teeth. They can make chewing easier, help maintain the patient’s natural facial structure, improve speech, and boost self-esteem and confidence.
By replacing missing teeth, patients benefit from having a full smile that looks natural. Dentures can also prevent other teeth from shifting out of place and help restore your ability to speak and chew properly.
Caring for Dentures
Just like natural teeth, dentures should be brushed daily. Brush them using a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture brush. Avoid using toothpaste when you’re brushing your dentures. Toothpaste is abrasive and can damage your dentures.
Most dentists recommend soaking dentures overnight. This can help remove food particles and plaque that regular brushing can’t remove and also prevents the dentures from drying out and cracking. Follow our dentist’s instructions about how to soak your dentures properly.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Allisonville Dental Centre, call (317) 547-5766 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 2811 E 46th St, Indianapolis 46205.