These days, you can keep your natural teeth far longer than in years past. That’s because nutrition and dentistry have gotten better. However, it’s still common to lose some teeth when you get older. That makes it harder to keep your smile healthy and working for you. And those lost teeth aren’t coming back anytime soon.
That’s why you need to call our South Bend, IN dental office at 574-208-5668 and make an appointment for removable dentures. Modern dentures from Dr. Hurcomb look and feel natural in your mouth. Even better, they let you chew, talk, and look normal again.
How Removable Dentures Work For Your Smile
When you lose just one tooth, you can get either a dental bridge or a dental implant. Both are great replacements for a missing tooth. But what happens when you have several teeth missing or even all the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth? Getting those single dental restorations would be wasteful and expensive.
That’s why dentures are still around. They simply work great at replacing a bunch of your teeth. There are two types of removable dentures:
- Full dentures are what you probably think of when thinking about dentures. They feature a set of natural-looking teeth in a gum-colored base. They’re used to replace a full arch of teeth, which is why they’re called full dentures.
- Partial dentures are much smaller. They are used to replace several teeth in a row (or part of your smile, hence partial dentures).
Care Tips For Your Dentures
Removable dentures typically last about 10 years before you need to look into replacing them. However, that’s an average. Here are some tips for taking care of your removable dentures so they can last as long as possible.
– Gently clean your removable dentures each night.
Although your dentures cannot get cavities, you still need to clean them. You can still get gum disease, and your dentures can get stained. Every night, take them out and clean them gently. Do not use regular toothpaste, as that can damage your dentures. Instead, use a denture toothpaste or other cleaner specifically made for dentures.
– Always handle your dentures with care.
Your dentures are designed to handle pressure from chewing but not from your hands. That means you have to handle your dentures carefully and gently. But make sure you don’t drop them. Landing on a hard floor can bend your dentures, making them not fit well.
– Take your dentures out each night and soak them in water.
With dentures, the pressure from chewing falls on your gums instead of your jawbone. That’s fine during the day, but it means you need to give your gums a break at night. But because dentures are designed for your wet mouth, they can’t dry out. That means you need to take out our dentures before bed and cover them with water. If they dry out, then can warp and be more likely to fall out unexpectedly.
– Always use cold or lukewarm water with your dentures.
Speaking of water, don’t use boiling hot water. Sure, that temperature will help clean your dentures. But the heat (and subsequent cooling down) can change the shape of your gum-colored base. That means your dentures can fall out easier or start to give you sore spots in your gums. Just stick with cold or lukewarm water.
– Visit Tulip Tree Dental Care every six months like normal.
Even if you have full dentures replacing all of your teeth, you still need regular dental exams. That’s because you can still have problems with gum disease. Besides, Dr. Hurcomb can also examine your dentures and make any needed adjustments so they fit snugly but comfortably.
– Consider securing your dentures with a dental implant.
If you are worried about your removable dentures falling out, there is a solution. An implant-secured denture uses a dental implant placed in your jawbone to hold securely onto your dentures. This not only keeps them from moving around, it helps take some of the chewing pressure off your gums.
Call us TODAY at 574-208-5668 or make an appointment online to get removable dentures. Whether you need full dentures or partial dentures, both can give you back the confidence and strength that comes with having a full set of teeth once more.