How do Dentures Work?
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (roof of your mouth), the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
Dentures are custom-made in a laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Your dentist will help you determine which denture would be the best for you.
How Long do Dentures Last?
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. As you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause can cause your dentures to become loose, making chewing difficult and may irritate your gums.
Caring for Dentures
Over time the forces of chewing will wear down the denture and to keep your device in top condition it may need to be relined or adjusted periodically.
- When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
- Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them.
- Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained.
- Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures.
- See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself – this can damage them beyond repair.
Although simple short-term reline fixes can be done in our office, we recommend taking new impressions and sending the denture to the lab every few years. Our dentists can offer fast turnaround on in-office and off-site lab denture repairs.
Benefits of Dentures
- Look natural
- Feel comfortable
- Aesthetically pleasing
To learn more about dentures contact a SEDA Dental office.