According to the American College of Prosthodontists, around 178 million people in the United States have lost at least one tooth, while 40 million people are missing all of their teeth.
Most of these folks use dentures. If you are amongst those using dentures, keep reading to find our 5 things every person with dentures should know.
For more on dentures and other tooth replacement options, contact Dr. Allen Korte at Korte Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska, at (402) 489-3115.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth that can replace natural teeth lost due to tooth decay or injury. Dentures are made to fit the shape and size of the patient's jaw and sit on the gums.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures:
Complete Dentures: These dentures replace an entire row of teeth on the lower or upper arch and rest on the gums.
Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are attached to existing teeth or sometimes to dental implants and replace one or more missing teeth.
Five Things Every Person Should Know About Dentures
Here are a few things you need to know about your dentures:
Clean Them Regularly
Dentures are much like your natural teeth, exposed to saliva and microbes in the mouth throughout the day. Therefore, they need to be cleaned regularly. The dentist will recommend a special toothbrush for cleaning your dentures that will not damage them.
Remove When Not in Use
One of the advantages of dentures is that they can be taken off when not in use. Not taking your dentures off when you sleep may cause bad breath, a shrinking gum line, and numbness in the gums. After removing the dentures, you need to keep them in a denture-cleaning solution.
Dentures Can Be Repaired
Dentures are made of a combination of acrylic and ceramic. They may wear out or change their shape after several years of use. However, you can repair and restore your dentures at the dentist when needed.
Avoid Chewing Hard Foods
Dentures provide excellent strength and durability. However, chewing hard foods or biting your nails or pencils can cause damage to the dentures.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
With dentures, you will still need to visit your dentist regularly for general checkups so that they can identify and fix dental problems at an early stage.
To book an appointment with Dr. Korte at Korte Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska, call (402) 489-3115 or visit us at 3901 Normal Blvd STE 202 Lincoln, NE 68506.