Know All About Dentures

Different types of dentures can be used to replace the original, missing, or removed teeth. Flexible dentures and Traditional acrylic dentures are the major ones that are used commonly.

Flexible Dentures

Natural teeth should not be replaced but losing them to dental disease or any sort of dental health issue can be painful. This doesn’t mean that you will not be able to smile in the future or would not be able to chew or speak confidently. Dentures could help you live your life further with confidence. If you are choosing dentures over dental implants, you could choose from various options. Flexible dentures use a soft and clear base which allows the gums to show. The material clings to the gums and attachments, adhesives, and clips are not required. They are not brittle and are most unlikely to shatter if they are dropped. Flexible dentures can be more comfortable than traditional ones and many users find it easier to chew and speak while using them. Like traditional dentures, flexible dentures feature realistic replacement teeth. The nylon base of the dentures is unlikely to cause any harsh rashes or allergies.

Traditional Acrylic Dentures

They are made of an acrylic base with or without a chrome cobalt metal support structure that can easily be dyed to match the natural gum tissue. The replacement teeth can be made of various materials such as resin or porcelain that would look very realistic. However, one of the drawbacks is that traditional dentures can be tough to get used to. The dentures are attached to natural teeth with metal clasps or attachments that can be visible and interfere with normal chewing or speaking. Full dentures adhere to the roof of the mouth or balance on the gums. Traditional dentures cause soreness in the mouth and irritation and are prone to pinching or slipping. Some people might be allergic to the acrylic used for the base.

How Dentures Work

Flexible partial dentures are created using thermoplastic material. It can be manipulated easily to fit inside the mouth of the patient. Dentists initially make a mold of the mouth and then the material is heated up and injected into the mold.

Acrylic dentures have heavy acrylic bases and metal clasps that can easily provide stability. Flexible partial dentures, however, are different. These lightweight dentures are held in place with thin projections that can securely fit between the teeth and gums. They are thin and flexible and offer more comfort than acrylic dentures. They are not as bulky as acrylic dentures and feel more natural. Eating and drinking using these dentures are just like having natural teeth for all such purposes.

Taking Care of Your Dentures

A flexible partial denture will not break easily. However, people would still need to practice the proper way of caring when they are using dentures. Proper care can extend the life of dentures and improve oral health and comfort offered by the dentures.

Cleaning the Dentures

Oral Hygiene can be very important when you are wearing these devices. Bacteria from food might get trapped under the denture projections. Hence, the users should take them out and brush their teeth twice a day to make sure that they do not decay. The users should remove their dentures during the night. They need a thorough cleaning before they are left out while sleeping. The wearer could then put them back inside the mouth by the next morning.