Dentures are a longstanding, popular method for replacing teeth. When deciding if dentures are right for you, it’s important to understand the different types that are available, as well as the care and maintenance that goes into them to ensure they’re a good investment for your oral health.
Which Type of Dentures Are Right for You?
When choosing the best option for replacing teeth, patients will likely hear about dentures, implants, and even bridges. Dentures are a tried and true method for replacing teeth and they tend to be the most budget-friendly choice as well! Depending on how many teeth you’re missing and what your long-term plans are, your dentist may recommend full, partial, or implant-supported dentures.
Full dentures consist of an upper and lower set and are removable for easy cleaning. The main downside to this option is that they can become loose as they aren’t attached to anything in the mouth and patients should avoid hard, sticky foods.
Partial dentures are used when a patient still has some number of natural teeth left. Partials keep the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and they’re removable, which makes them convenient to sanitize.
Implant-supported dentures provide greater stability, as they’re fixed to the jaw with 4-6 implants. This keeps the dentures securely in place when talking and eating. These dentures are non-removable, meaning they require the same care as natural teeth (brushing, flossing, etc.) and can also prevent further bone deterioration.
Pro Tips On Caring for Your Dentures
The best type of dentures for your specific needs will be decided with your dentist. Depending on your oral health history, your dentist may recommend implant-supported dentures as a way to preserve remaining bone density. Partial dentures are a solid solution for those needing to fill a gap in their smile and provide the convenience of removable replacement teeth.
Regardless of which type of dentures you settle on, they all need to be maintained to last for as long as possible. Rice Dentures recommends that patients follow the recommended protocols, such as:
- Remove and rinse dentures after eating
- Brush dentures at least once daily
- Soak dentures overnight
- Avoid abrasive cleaning materials
Those with partial dentures should take care to brush and floss between their remaining natural teeth each day. When using mouthwash, either remove your dentures or ensure the wash is designated safe for dentures.
Denture adhesive can be used to provide additional stability to full and partial dentures. Patients experiencing discomfort will want to ensure that their dentures have been fitted properly, as ill-fitting sets can lead to sore gums.
Denture Solutions in Childersburg
If you’re ready to discuss the possibility of dentures — call Rice Dentures today. We’re here to get you on the road to a healthy, happy, and confident smile. Dr. Garry Rice’s practice has a full range of denture services, from same-day repairs and digital dentures, to snap-in implant dentures.