When we think of dentures we may assume that they are only needed once we begin to age, but they may actually be useful for situations affecting younger patients as well. Our Surrey dentists talk about the reasons why dentures may be needed and the different types there are.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are tooth replacement options that are custom fit to the shape of the patient's mouth. These artificial teeth are designed to replace natural teeth that a patient may have lost or had removed.
What are some reasons for getting dentures?
Dentures are more frequently recommended by our dentists to patients of various ages than you might think. Perhaps you previously thought of them as only being suitable for certain types of patients or seniors. Your dentist will work with you to determine the treatment options that may work best for your particular dental needs.
Dentures may never be necessary if you visit your dentist on a regular basis for checkups and practice good oral hygiene at home. However, if you have a history of dental issues and have previously experienced dental problems, dentures may be in your future.
What are the different types of dentures?
If you are missing any teeth then it is imperative to your oral health to have some form of tooth replacement to help prevent bone loss or other serious conditions. If you are missing one or more teeth, ask your dentist whether full or partial dentures are right for you.
Typically constructed from a combination of metal and acrylic, partial dentures can be used to replace one or a few missing teeth.
If you are missing all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, full dentures can be used to replace them. Depending on your needs, these can be combined with implants to provide a more secure fit for your teeth.
How to properly care for dentures
Like natural teeth, dentures can develop tartar and plaque. This can cause stains, bad breath, and gum issues. Cleaning your dentures daily will help prevent plaque from spreading from your dentures to your natural teeth and gums.