Are you embarrassed to smile because of missing teeth? Dentures can help restore your confidence and overall appearance. Keep reading to learn how dentures work, oral care tips for dentures, and more.

How dentures work

There are three types of dentures to choose from: a conventional full denture, an immediate full denture, or a partial denture. Each is custom-made at our dental office using impressions taken of your mouth. Dr. Clagett and the rest of our team will work with you in finding the right type.

Let’s consider full dentures for a moment. First, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. Keep in mind that the base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, while the base of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe.  

How long dentures should last

Regardless of which denture you choose, just know it will need to be relined, remade, or rebased as a result of normal wear. Plus, your mouth naturally changes with aging. Such changes may cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing more of a challenge and even irritating your gums.

The Beaver Brooke staff emphasizes to patients the importance of seeing a dentist twice a year for routine cleanings. However, if you do opt for dentures, it’s even more important to see a dentist regularly.

How to care for your dentures

Here are a few tips worth considering:

  1. Keep your dentures from drying out – Ask Dr. Clagett about a denture cleanser soaking solution. Plain water will also suffice.
  2. Brush your dentures – Seriously. By brushing your dentures daily, you will remove food and dental plaque. Maintaining good oral hygiene also prevents dentures from becoming stained.
  3. Consult your dentist – It’s worth mentioning again. On occasion, your dentures may break, chip, crack, or become loose. You’re only asking for more trouble if you try to adjust them yourself.

Beaver Brooke Dental strives to provide your winning smile. Together, we will determine if dentures would make sense for you.