What are Dentures and how do you Maintain Them?

Dentures can give an individual confidence while eating, talking, smiling, and even laughing. If you have suffered from tooth loss or are in the process of getting dental implants- dentures are the stepping stone to your new smile. While there is a multitude of foods it’s not recommended to eat when you have dentures- they do give you the advantage to eat and chew food better than before. It’s important to speak to your dentist to see which option for teeth replacement is good for you and your lifestyle.

What are the different types of dentures?

There are two different main types of dentures individuals often use whether it’s a temporary situation or permanent. Dentures can offer more freedom to feel better about your smile, chew tougher foods and talk without any speech issues.

Temporary Dentures:

Temporary dentures can be uncomfortable for patients who have never worn them before and can take some time getting used to. If you have any trouble wearing your temporary dentures or are having a hard time fitting them over your gums it’s important to call your dentist as swelling can be an issue or be a sign of infection in the gums. Your dentist will properly assess your mouth and show you how to place and wear your dentures comfortably.

If you are in the process of receiving dental implants or a full mouth reconstruction you are more than likely given a temporary denture to wear while your mouth heals during the process. Temporary dentures are often worn after teeth extractions all the way until the temporary crowns for your implants have been placed. While not everyone who wears temporary dentures are a reciprocated of dental implants, you may find that older patients who do not qualify for dental implants often wear dentures for many, many years with no problems.

Permanent Dentures:

If you are receiving a full mouth reconstruction, all-on-4, or permanent dentures, you may already be familiar with the long healing process. After all teeth have been extracted and bone grafting has healed, which can typically take anywhere from 3-6 months, you will then move onto the implant placement. With local anesthesia, all of the dental implants are placed in the bone of your gums and you are ready for another healing process.  During this time your will wear temporary crowns until your permanent porcelain crowns can be completed.

Permanent dentures offer the freedom to eat what you want and have your smile back. Not having to stress and worry about what you can, and cannot eat will relieve mass amounts of stress and give you a better quality of life.

How to Take Care of your Dentures

It’s important to maintain good oral health by cleaning your dentures every day. It’s pivotal to brush your dentures to avoid plaque build-up and bacteria. With dentures you no longer have to worry about cavities on your teeth but it’s crucial to understand that good oral health is mandatory to maintain healthy gums to avoid any loss of bone. It’s important to protect your gums against periodontal disease and maintain the healthiest of smiles. For temporary dentures using a non-abrasive bonding material will help avoid any slippage and help maintain moisture in your mouth.

While not everyone is a candidate for temporary dentures due to medical reasons such as having epilepsy or being prone to seizures, those patients often times do quality for permanent dentures and it is usually covered by their insurance.  Because permanent dentures or dental implants are known as a cosmetic dental procedure, it is rarely covered by insurance providers without a specific medical reasoning as stated above.

With the proper care of your smile it is easy to avoid having to have temporary or permanent dentures. Maintaining your oral health by seeing your dentist for an exam once a year and your hygienist 2-4 times per year, you are already talking the proper steps to keeping your smile healthy. While dentures are not the end of the world, they can cause a major inconvenience for specific individuals and should be avoided if possible. If you have any questions regarding permanent or temporary dentures, give our office a call at Terracina Surgical Arts and one of specialist will be able to set you up for a consultation with Dr. Punjabi.