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A plethora of information about dentures is here at your fingertips and if you still have a pending question about lab-produced replacement teeth, your dentist is sure to have the answer for you.

What are dentures?

An artificial model of teeth and gums made specifically to fit where you have lost your natural teeth and gum tissue.

What kind of dentures can you get?

Partial Dentures:

A removable set of teeth and gums that are used when a bridge is unable to be attached or you are missing a few teeth but still have some good ones hanging in there.

Full Dentures:

A removable set of teeth and gums used when all your teeth are missing either on the top, bottom or both dental arches. There are two types of full dentures.

1. Immediate Dentures:

Models of your jaw are created before tooth extraction, then any remaining parts of your teeth are extracted and the dentures are inserted. Immediate dentures are placed immediately after tooth extraction but will require adjustment over the first year.

2. Conventional Dentures:

Once remaining parts of your teeth have been taken out and healing is complete then your dentures get placed in your mouth. These dentures are made after tooth extraction.

There are also overdentures. Overdentures are removable artificial teeth, placed over your dental implants or remaining teeth. If you have no natural teeth remaining, then an implant is inserted into your jawbone where the overdenture is anchored.

How do you clean your dentures?

Take your dentures out and rinse them underwater to get rid of food particles. Use a soft denture brush to brush the surfaces of your dentures with a denture cleaner. Avoid using regular toothpaste as it can damage your dentures. Soak your dentures in warm water overnight then you can put them back in your mouth.

How often do you need to clean your dentures?

Brush your dentures twice a day just as you would brush your natural teeth. Brushing your dentures helps get rid of particles that stick to your dentures and cause plaque and tartar.

What are the possible side effects of new dentures?

Excessive Saliva

You might notice an excess amount of saliva in your mouth when you get new dentures placed in your oral cavity. A small sugar-free candy can help you swallow more, reducing the amount of saliva in your mouth. Eventually, you will get used to your new dentures and your saliva amount will return to normal.

Eating Differences

You may have difficulty chewing like you once did because new dentures can alter the position, shape, and size of your mouth. Start eating soft foods and gradually work your way to eating a regular diet to allow your mouth to heal properly and become accustomed to the change.

Your dentures are your new teeth and gums so take care of them. You want to attain a healthy oral future and can only do so by brushing your dentures, cleaning them, and visiting the dentist for regular check-ups.

Your dentist will always inform you if something is wrong with your dentures and adjust them if need be. At Stoney Trail Dental, you are in safe hands with professionals that know how to take care of dentures.

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