Dentures are a prosthetic device designed for people who lose teeth because of an accident, gum disease or aging. A dentist can suggest dentures because of extensive cavities. The teeth are already decayed badly and need to be pulled out. Even in periodontal disease, your jaw suffers extensive bone loss making it impossible to save teeth [some are already loose].
Many denture types catering to specific needs are available. The variety of dental services offered at Pasadena Texas Dental Clinic include traditional, partial, full, immediate, and secure dentures [implant-supported]. Discuss your needs with the qualified dentist and have a tailored treatment plan developed. Visit their website to gain more details!
Pros & cons of dentures
If you are still in doubt about getting dentures then here are its pros and cons.
- Pros – Denture is an affordable method used for missing teeth replacement instead of implants. If designed and fitted with precision, they enhance your lip and cheek offering a more attractive profile.
- Cons – Dentures cannot suffer from cavities but are challenging. Chewing food with dentures is difficult. Its ability to chew food is 75% less than natural teeth. Patients wearing dentures find it hard to taste their food. Dentures need to be replaced every 5 years.
What problems to expect from dentures?
Multiple issues can popup with dentures. You will always need a dentist to resolve them. Some of the common problems are –
- Ill-fitting dentures – Many patients struggle with improper fit dentures, which are unstable. They fall off or move excessively around your mouth. This can root inflammation and pain in the gum tissue. Besides, food gets trapped between dentures and gums. This can lead to potential fungal infection.
- Bad breath – Denture also needs to be brushed just like natural teeth. If you ignore the cleaning process even for a day, they develop foul odor.
- Pain – Pain and discomfort are common complaints with new dentures. Be patient. It will take some time to get adjusted to inserting or removing the dentures.
How to take care of your dentures?
A denture does mean just dropping a cup of water regularly at night. The dentist often teaches their patients new to the denture in taking care of their specific dentures. Some general care instructions involve –
- Use a brush with soft bristles to remove the food and plaque every day. Even if an ultrasonic cleaner designed to dislodge food particles with sound waves, it is necessary to brush them gently. It helps to prevent the dentures from getting permanently stained.
- Rinse dentures, after you eat anything. Partial dentures must also be removed and cleaned before brushing your natural teeth.
Clean your dentures with mild dishwashing solution or hand soap. Household cleaners or toothpaste are very rough. Say NO to bleach because the pink parts can also get whitened.
While removing the dentures stand over a sink filled with water or over a folded towel. It prevents the denture from getting damaged, in case you drop them accidentally. When you are not wearing them keep them in cold water. It keeps them moist and maintains its shape. Never use hot or boiling water!