Who needs dentures in the first place? There are a lot more people than you might think. Our Vancouver dentists discuss the two types of dentures available, as well as why you might need them and how they can help you improve your oral health.
What are dentures?
These artificial teeth and gums can be made to fit your mouth. Custom-fit dentures are tooth replacements that are made to look exactly like your natural teeth. They are intended to replace natural teeth that a patient has lost or had extracted.
How will I know if I need dentures?
Our dentists recommend dentures to patients of all ages more frequently than you might think. You may have previously assumed that they were only appropriate for certain types of patients or seniors. However, you and your dentist may decide on this tooth replacement based on several factors specific to your situation.
If you visit your dentist regularly for checkups and practice good oral hygiene at home, you may never need dentures. However, they may be in your future if you have a history of dental issues and have previously experienced dental problems.
What are the two types of dentures?
To maintain your oral health, it's essential to replace missing teeth. 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.
Full dentures can be used to replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw if you are missing all of them. These can be combined with implants to provide a more secure fit for your teeth, depending on your needs.
How should I care for my dentures?
Dentures, like natural teeth, can accumulate tartar and plaque. This can result in stains, bad breath, and gum problems. Cleaning your dentures daily will help prevent plaque from transferring from your dentures to your natural teeth and gums.