Dentures are artificial replacements for natural teeth and gums. Your dentist may suggest dentures if an accident, a disease, or poor oral hygiene has caused you to have only a few healthy teeth remaining or none at all. There are two types of dentures, partial and complete.

Types of Dentures

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures or “removable partial denture prostheses” or “partials” are used when nearby teeth do not have enough strength to support a bridge or when many teeth are missing. This bridge type is made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. Partial dentures are removable, and you will take them out yourself at night and for cleaning.

Complete Dentures Near You

A complete denture or “full denture” is what we most often refer to as “false teeth.” They are used when all your teeth are missing. Complete dentures are removable and are held in place by suction. There are two types of complete dentures, which include immediate dentures and conventional dentures.

Immediate dentures are pre-made before your teeth are extracted. Your dentist in Palm Beach Gardens will take measurements and make molds of your jaws during your first visit. Once your teeth are extracted, the dentures are inserted immediately, hence the name “immediate dentures.” One advantage of immediate dentures is that they prevent you from having to be toothless during healing– this period can last up to six months. Your bones and gums can shrink during the healing period, and your immediate dentures may need to be relined by your dentist in Palm Beach Gardens for a proper fit.

Overdentures

Your dentist may suggest overdentures if you are having trouble with your complete dentures. Overdentures are removable and fit over natural teeth left in your mouth or over dental implants.

Maintaining Your Dentures

Both complete and partial dentures must be cleaned every day, just like your natural teeth. If your dentures are not regularly cleaned, plaque and tartar can accumulate on your dentures and cause stains, bad breath, and gum problems. Plaque on your dentures can also spread to your teeth and gums, which can cause gum disease and cavities.

Cleaning your dentures is a simple but essential process. Remove them from your mouth and rinse them under water to eliminate any loose food particles. Next, wet a denture brush or a regular soft-bristle toothbrush and apply denture cleaner or a mild soap. Gently brush all surfaces of the dentures, do not forget to clean under the clasps where bacteria collect. Before placing your dentures in your mouth, rinse them thoroughly in clean water.

Looking for dentures near you? Habashy Dental offers dentures in Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment today!