There is a common misconception that dentures are only for older people. While many older people do wear them, dentures are appropriate for anyone of any age who has experienced extensive dental loss. Dentures can be customized to your needs. If you need a full set for a full-smile restoration or partial dentures to replace specific sections of teeth, dentures can be made to suit your needs. Dentures supported by implants can be a sturdier route, and the implants can help prevent the bone loss that is associated with tooth loss. If you have dentures, it is important that you care for them to the best of your ability.
Dentures supported by implants can become permanent structures in your mouth, while traditional dentures are removable. When caring for dentures, it is important to handle them gently. When you wash them, do so over a folded towel or softer surface, in case they fall. Many dentures have faced damage from being dropped during cleaning. Avoid toothpick use, no matter what type of dentures you have. If you are storing your dentures overnight, be sure to keep them out of reach of small children and animals.
Even though your dentures are not real teeth, it is important that you clean them. Gum disease is still a risk from bacterial buildup under the dentures and along the gum line. If you have partial dentures, it is important to still brush and floss your existing natural teeth. If your dentures are removable, it is important to clean your gums with a soft washcloth or soft toothbrush when the dentures are not in your mouth.
Dentures do not mean that oral healthcare is set and done. It is important to visit your dentist so that they can check for any changes in fit, sores, or any issues. If you notice any pain, it is important to talk to your dentist if you notice any of these changes yourself.
Are dentures a fit for your smile? To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.