Dental restoration is something we have plenty of experience with at Rock River Dental in Fort Atkinson, WI. We’ve provided many of our patients with implants, bridges, and dentures. While implants and bridges are more popular, dentures are still wanted by many of our patients.
There are two types of dentures: partial and full. Partial dentures are used to replace a few missing consecutive teeth. Full dentures are used to replace an entire missing row of teeth. If you don’t want something removable like dentures, you could go for implants or bridges as they’re permanently placed.
Using partial and/or full dentures to replace missing teeth is beneficial for many reasons. People over the age of 70 who have several missing teeth are at increased risk of malnutrition. They might not be able to eat if they can’t chew properly, which could lead to avoiding food altogether. Several missing teeth can affect speech, too, because our teeth affect how our tongues move when we talk.
Partial and full dentures have several ways of attaching to their surroundings. Partial dentures are attached to nearby teeth using clasps. Full dentures won’t have teeth to attach to, so they bind to the gums using suction.
Dentures last between 5 to 10 years if taken care of properly. You should take them off before you sleep and place them in a glass of water or special denture solution to keep them moist overnight. Before that happens, you need to take them off carefully over something soft in case they slip out of your hands.
You should then rinse them with water. Cleaning should be done with a special dentures brush or soft one to avoid damaging the dentures. Mild soap or denture cleaning solution can be used too. Avoid harsh chemicals or regular toothpaste as these things can erode the dentures.
Patients with dentures should clean their gums and the rest of their teeth to keep them in good health. If you have any questions on dentures or how to take care of them, let us know.